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Sunday, April 17, 2011

April 17th 2011 My Time With Rachel

So I have been absent for a little bit. But there is a reason. It is known I am studying to get certified to become a trainer. It is known I report on MMA shows, mainly the NAAFS. One girl who fights for them is Rachel "The Rage" Dovidio. Rachel had a fight yesterday and had a lot of weight to drop. I offered my help. I like Rachel and wanted to help her. So I worked on a diet for her and things. Rachel was my main focus. So my blog had to suffer.

The plan was for me to finally work in person with her starting Wednesday when she arrived in Canton. Well airlines suck and she arrived late. So I drove up Thursday. We started by going to Evolve MMA to get her some training time and to use their steam room. Big thanks to the folks at Evolve for allowing her to work there. It was honestly my first time in a steam room. Even used my sauna suit. It was rough lol. I wanted to do this with her. She had thirteen pounds to cut by Saturday and didn't want her to do it alone. Nichole Long also came to help. Nichole is the NAAFS matchmaker and a very special person. That night we went to the gym for a little cardio and more sauna time. I admit, Rachel was better than me. I needed breaks. Rachel got me a hotel room so I could be there the whole time.

Friday was more of the same. Sauna sauna sauna. Again, Nichole came to help. At this point Rachel was getting a little grumpy. But really, I am surprised she didn't get more grumpy. You have to understand, and this point she was totally water depleting, and very very little food. We were about five pounds out before the night sauna. We felt it would be close.

Saturday, weigh ins were at noon. So we got up at 8am and figured when to go sauna. Had to sweat off those last few pounds. We got to the gym and sauna and did what we could. She was so dried out that there was nothing left. She just couldn't sweat. We got to weigh ins and she made weight. Huge relief for me and more so for her. Her mood quickly took a huge turn for the better. So we got some food and liquid in her. She went to get her hair braided. I got to spend a little time with her mom and grandmother. Both nice ladies.

We arrived very early for the fight. I was nervous. I always get nervous when friends fight, but this time I had a vested interest in it since I was helping her get ready. Rachel was fight number seven. She had John Hawk and Lalani malley working her corner. I was real happy John was in her corner, John is a great fighter, great guy, and having seen him corner fighters he is really good at it. Chandra Engel came out first, followed by Rachel.

Rachel clearly won the first round. She got the better of the stand up, and almost stopped her in round one, beating her up on the ground. Round two was close. Could have gone to either fighter, but the judges gave it to Engel. I figured it was even with one round for each fighter. So round three was crucial. Rachel dominated the round. I was still nervous cause you never know how a judge will score it, but it seemed clear Rachel won. They read the decision and Rachel got the decision. I was relieved. When she came out I gave her a big hug.

I was proud for many reasons. It showed maybe I do have what it takes to help people. It's what I want to do with my life. Even more so, I was proud of Rachel. She showed that if you want something and work at it, you can achieve it. Rachel's whole life has been an example of what a fighter is. Not an MMA fighter, but a fighter in life. Rachel Dovidio is a role model. Someone people can look up to and admire.

Rachel, I am proud of you. Not for winning the fight, but for what you did leading up to the fight. I am so honored I was able to play a small part in it and will always be here if you need it. Most people will never know or understand what you had to do just to get in the cage. I hope you are holding your head extra high today.

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