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Old 01-10-2013, 01:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gunnar Nelson goes deep: Fighting, Focus, Mentality


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Gunnar Nelson is a deep one, no two ways about it.

Where other fighters spend their time coloring their Mohawks, designing rubbish tattoos to scrawl onto themselves or just making asses of themselves on TUF, Nelson is more likely to be found staring into space while his mind wanders halls of philosophy or mechanics.

Not for Nelson the heavy metal entrance, angry faces and shoving at the weigh ins. He is probably the most relaxed looking fighter there has ever been, whether he be stepping on the scales or in full mount battering someone around the head in order to open up a submission opportunity.

Evidence of his Fedor-like calmness first hit the masses when he won his UFC debut in Nottingham, England last year with a first-round submission of DaMarques Johnson. Nelson greeted the victory with all the ebullient enthusiasm of someone who has discovered that their chewing gum is in fact doublemint rather than mere spearmint. In other words, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Now in his latest interview he shows the hidden depths of still waters once again, giving an insight into a mindset so far removed from the idiots who rage out then burst into tears on TUF that they might actually be completely different species.

On Fighting:

“You know your opponent’s goal is to beat you up, and at first it’s terrifying but when you get used to it your perspective changes. Some think rage can help you in the ring but it doesn’t – same goes for fear. You cannot be emotionally involved in the ring, because those feelings will get in the way.”


On Training:

To me, it’s important to train in an environment where I am comfortable. Sometimes I want to train hard but other days I want to play, an attitude many athletes lose with time. They think maximum result during training is necessary and can’t stand to lose to training partners. That to me is a mistake and it is generally a bad idea to stand on a pedestal. If you do that, you’ll miss out on so many things you could learn. During training sessions, I’ve been beaten up numerous times, by fighters I would easily take inside the ring.

“It’s okay to give up sometimes, because it means you’ll come back stronger. It’s important to be playful and I think that’s the key to success, not just for athletes but for everyone; also to be calm and composed. The better you feel, and the more at ease you are with everyone and everything, the easier it is to focus; also your brain functions quicker, and you have more ambition, energy and self-confidence


On Mentality and Focus:

“I am very good at being by myself, and unlike those who distract themselves with television, I like to reflect upon matters and reach my own conclusions. Honest and sincere contemplation is all about chasing a feeling within, considering matters through meditation and applying them systematically. People keep asking me why I don’t set specific goals for myself, but if the truth be told, goals become restrictions. The best way for me to succeed is to focus on what I am doing.”

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:54 AM   #2 (permalink)

 
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I'd only seen one Gunnar fight before he came into the UFC, and since his UFC debut I've become a fan. Such an awesome guy. Amazingly talented and one of the most exciting prospects in MMA at the moment I think.

I'd really, really like to see him against Maia in the future, though I doubt it'd hit the ground. I think Nelson would keep it standing and pick him apart.
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