Simpson searching for answers

by Damon Martin | source:

A great many fighters are learning that it's not enough sometimes just to hit the gym to prepare for a fight. Sometimes it takes doctors, medical testing, and the right treatment to truly prepare a fighter for combat, and that's something that Aaron Simpson learned following his loss to Chris Leben.

The former Arizona State wrestler came out strong in the first round against Leben, but then something happened, and much like Shane Carwin when he battled Brock Lesnar, his body stopped reacting to what he needed to do in the fight.

Simpson pays all the credit in the world to Leben for his work to get the victory, but watching the tape of the fight he sees the change happen, just like it did on fight night.

"I was impressed with Leben's just out right toughness," Simpson told in an interview. "I knew that going it to it, that's the kind of fighter he was, so going back and watching now and knowing what I know, especially now that I've had my bloodwork done after that fight. Something was wrong with me. I hit a wall."

During his training camp, Simpson knew he felt something a little bit off when he would finish some of his workouts, but he chalked it up to the hard work, and never put much more thought into it

After the fight, Simpson when to see Dr. Brian Popiel in Scottsdale, AZ at the suggestion of Scott Peters from the Lion's Den training center, and also got a rave review of the physician from UFC commentator Mike Goldberg.

"I have a low thyroid, low iron and low on vitamin D and some other things, so that's something I really need to get in check," Simpson explained the results of the bloodwork. "Not making excuses or anything because obviously Leben is tough as well, but I did kind of hit a weird wall."

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Wasa-B site profile image  

7/28/10 8:42 PM by Wasa-B

Simpson didnt have the firepower nor sub skill to put Leben away. Leben then did what he does. Lets not forget that Leben's wrestling is decent and started to stuff Simpson and grind in the clinch like he does.

brahmabull81 site profile image  

7/28/10 6:49 PM by brahmabull81

Fighters have issues (both health and personal) coming into almost every fight that CAN be used as excuses for losses. I respect the fighters more that choose not to go down that road.As a fighter you are supposed to believe that you lost because of something outside your control, but you dont have to blab about it. You still lost. The winner might have had a shitload of problems as well, but he found a way to win.

robnashville site profile image  

7/28/10 6:35 PM by robnashville

Simpson was a victim of lactic halitosis, IMO

supersaiyan site profile image  

7/28/10 6:30 PM by supersaiyan


2JupitersTooMany site profile image  

7/27/10 11:56 AM by 2JupitersTooMany

 Hah, the OJ angle was my first thought also

crowbar site profile image  

7/27/10 11:50 AM by crowbar

 Just when you find out all of the answers,they change the questions.

WoundedKnee site profile image  

7/27/10 11:37 AM by WoundedKnee

"I have a low thyroid, low iron and low on vitamin D and some other things, so that's something I really need to get in check," Simpson explained the results of the bloodwork"His bloodwork had little to do with Leben's god like chin.

HELWIG site profile image  

7/27/10 11:10 AM by HELWIG

 Now getting tired during tough fights will become "I found out I have a condition"

studiocamp site profile image  

7/27/10 11:02 AM by studiocamp

His own fault for not listening to the Hulkster brothers!

PJ Benn Fan site profile image  

7/27/10 10:29 AM by PJ Benn Fan

 For a second I though I was on the OG and this thread was going to be about OJ!