Written by Greg Rebello – Photo by Ian Barnard
We’re about a month out from CES MMA 33, where I fight Keith Bell at Twin River Casino, March 11 on AXS TV, and I couldn’t be more excited.
I used to get nervous, but now I just get excited heading into my fights.
A lot of that comes from maturity and a lot of that is from preparation — I train at the best gyms and have the best coaches and training partners, so I’m not in for any surprises on Fight Night.
Two of those training partners — Chuck O’Neil and Juliano “Banana” Coutinho — are also scheduled to fight at CES MMA 33, so we’re all pushing each other and peaking at just the right time. It’s always a lot better to train when other guys have fights on tap, even though most of my teammates don’t take time off unless they’re injured.
A lot of my calmness too comes from the fact that I’m always training. So instead of having to ramp my training up a month leading up to Fight Night, I’m almost starting to taper off as I enter the final stages, in great shape and ready to rumble.
“Taper off” isn’t the right phrase, but nothing really changes when I’m a month out — I’m still working on everything and, as always, I’m trying to push myself to the limit every session.
I’m feeling better than ever and I can’t wait to weigh in, fight, have my hand raised, celebrate a little, sign that next contract and take the next step in my career.
Tune in every Monday for another edition of the Greg Rebello Pro Blog, leading up to his fight with Keith Bell at CES MMA 33. You can check out Part 1 of the Greg Rebello Pro Blog here.