"I wish I could block a little more, move my head a little more, but that's the only way I know how to do it," he said. "Don't back down, don't turn away, that's all I know how to do. ... If you had seen my early kickboxing fights, you'd go, 'Oh yeah, that is just how he fights.' Hands at my waist, giving 100 percent, just throwing punches until I couldn't throw anymore. Overwhelming guys was the one ability I had. That and taking unbelievable shots. I've been working on that, trying to calm down and bring it back down, but at the end of the day, when the s--t hits the fan, that's what I fall back on. Just fighting."
Somewhere in there, Cerrone has to find a balance. He has to find some sort of middle ground between going full throttle all the time and being paralyzed by his own anxiety. That's exactly what he's trying to do, he said, and it seems to be working. It's just that it's more of a process than an instant fix, which is sometimes a little hard for a guy who never learned how to slow down.
"Unfortunately, the mind isn't something where you can just take a pill and fix it overnight," Cerrone said. "It's something I have to work on just as much as I work on my striking or my wrestling. People keep asking me, what am I worried about with dos Anjos? This fight isn't about dos Anjos. It's about me going out there and doing everything that I do. Really, the fight is against me."
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