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Chuck Giles, Fighter Diary #2


Chuck Giles

Chuck Giles is a local amateur that fights at 125 lbs. His next bout will take place on December 20 for Fight Card Entertainment at Joe’s on Weed. Here’s the second edition of his weekly fighter diary.

I’m back again for the second week or what I call the second date! I’m getting ready for a fight on December 20th for Fight Card Entertainment against Christian Lucero. If you didn’t know, now you know. Before I go any further, I want to take the time to say thank you for reading the first one and for coming back to the second one. Now with that being said let’s get into how my week went.

I’m sitting here watching one of the best amateur women MMA fights I’ve ever seen, Ka-lee Marie vs Staci Vega, and watching this fight all I could think about was my fight and how they both weighed in as much as I do.

Going into this fight I sought inspiration and motivation from many of the things I have seen around me. I witnessed Sean Gee pull off a submission when people had him pegged as just a boxer doing MMA (that man can make dudes change weight classes! Lol). All I wanted to do after watching these fights was train harder to feel the sense of accomplishment that Ka-lee Marie and Sean Gee felt after winning.

Along with all the fight watching, talking to my kids has to be the greatest level of inspiration I have found. Before my last fight I remember talking to my son and him telling me to throw a flying knee when the fight start like “BANG” and laughing with him. He and my daughter spent many days over the past year with me in the gym getting ready for fights. I had to bring them with me when their aunt couldn’t babysit them, and even though they like to run amuck, when we sit down at the gym and have our moments of talking, watching them hit bags and tell me how awesome it is to see me doing this sport is awesome. The drawbacks was waking them up so early for the hour drive to the gym every day, but my son is older now so he goes to school and it’s just me and my daughter. She’s like my little minion and calls me “Hulk” and tells me “Hulk Smash” (she’s a big Incredible Hulk/Avengers fan I never have to say nothing when she’s watching those movies lol) at the end of the day when it gets to be too much they keep me going!

On another note, the holiday really messed up the training schedule this week. On the plus side I got to eat a lot of food, on the negative side I ate a lot of food. Why would one of the best food holidays have to come now? I put on a good 5 to 10lbs of weight I don’t need (lol but pumpkin crunch cream cake was delicious thank you Crystal Morrison). It’s the will and sacrifices we make to make the weight, but I maxed out on food. We run a nice schedule so the days the gym was closed is going to be made up. With 3 weeks left if you start slacking, you have no one to blame but yourself. The next 3 weeks leading up to the fight feels like crunch time, like there is the pressure of accomplishing the little things in the gym and bringing them all together to accomplish the bigger thing on the main stage.

I sat back and reflected over the many years in different gyms and I can remember spending money at this one gym, and telling them I got offers to fight and they pushed me to the side. It was like they have been training us for a year but nobody was good enough to fight. When I left that gym and started at the gym I’m at now, I learned the difference between practice and training, I learned the difference from studying Jiu Jitsu and knowing Jiu Jitsu. I sat back and looked at all the time wasted learning that anybody can teach MMA, but that don’t mean they’re teaching you the right way. That doesn’t make them a good instructor. I realize I have been blessed to be able to train at the gym that I am at- DK MMA.

Well, this is where I say goodbye till next week. Before I forget I need to thank ChicagosMMA.com for allowing me to do this again. Also, I need to thank Jaco Clothing for sponsoring me, they have been truly great with me and make me look so nice with all the fresh clothing. And finally, you guys for reading my blog and supporting me, it may not mean much to you but it means the world to me. Most people don’t get to do this sport and I am truly grateful to all that support me while I do it. Till then — hopefully the 3rd date means 3rd base right?

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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