Fifth round in Rory VS Lawler – “Round five was pure survival mode. I could not really move, but he continued to feed me with the left straight line. The blows hit the nose, and the pain was very severe. Already in the second round, I realized that my nose was broken – I felt it broken and inside it gushed like a tap. Due to worries about my nose in the fifth round, I was attacked by panic, severe anxiety. The damage frightened me.
Because of this, I could not relax. And this last left straight line … I just gave up. Although it would be nice if the referee let Robbie climb on me with GNP. Then I could still tie it up and put on the guard. In my guard, even in this state, I was 100% sure. But the referee – I think it was John McCarthy – decided that I had had enough. “
Thoughts about the battle, the consequences of the battle, a terrible flight to the mother, when on the plane the whole body was flattened from pain and pressure
“Was I more mentally or physically broken? Mentally. Although a good physical shape would help me a lot. When your cardio is in order, when your body is hardened by hard work, it helps a lot. This is actually a gigantic piece of strength. But in battle, I first of all broke down mentally – panic, fear, inability to relax, fear of damage and injury, nervousness … I could not focus. What if you were injured in battle? Don’t let panic and fear take over you.
In my UFC sports fight with Douglas Lima, I was able to control my fear. And in this I was helped by the experience of the fight with Robbie. I remember how Douglas dropped me with a low kick and continued to hit his legs from above while I lay. I had a fit of fear, and I started talking to myself at that moment: “Now you can break down, or you can shut up the fear and show persistence.” And I chose the latter.