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7/4/12 3:44 PM
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Claude Patrick
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the much fabled ufc 149 injury bug has touched down close to home.. much closer than id like actually taking me out of the upcoming fight vs james head in calgary's ufc debut event.

training was going awesome and i had managed to put in a solid 13 weeks of work leading up to the fight training... here at elite training centre , tristar gym in montreal and finishing up at team jaco training centre in florida with the crew in the new Blackzillians home base..

Now usually I make myself pretty scarce online before and around fight time as nothing really great comes out of internet banter.. for me atleast... still i kept getting word that there were a lot of changes going on with the card ect..

Now last week it just so happens that i got hurt training and after a few days I realised im no going to be able to compete at the event so i zipped back home to take advantage of Canada's lovely health care system and start getting back on track. this morning i go online and wow.. there's a pretty vocal contingent of people screaming bloody murder over a few changes to the card? FOLKS... its the top of the sport your still going to get good fights!! look at some of the guys competing even on the undercard you may not know them now but they did the work to be in the show and can fight.

as a result critcism sent their way many fighters dont show the underground much love but being a longtime member and lifelong fight fanatic i still have a soft spot for some of you..

so let me fill you in on what must be an industry secret..

Fighters are almost always HURT

1- There is very rarely a time when you as a fighter can make it through an 8+week training camp and to a fight without being hurt somewhere.. it just doesnt happen.

In every fight i've had since being with the ufc things were far from ideal but that's the game you just push through and do your thing come fight time.. pretty much every mma athlete i know will tell you the same. Yeah some guys take the shit too far and claim that had ebola or smallpox before the fight which is why the lost but no REALLY those jokers aside things do happen that mess you up.

2- missing a fight sucks more for the athlete than anyone else involved.

take my case for example

1-i get a call, email, message saying hey your want to fight "xyz" on "abc" date?

say yes proceed to step 2

2- stop almost everything else im doing at the drop of a dime and start planning camp

thats done go to step 3

3- now toronto is one of north america's best cities and a real hot bed for mma fans... BUT is also full to the brim with toilet paper soft "mma bad boys" that don't really want to do anything that may result in some adversity so don't train hard or if they are talented are so indoctrinated by their cult-like training facilities they dare not train witha group of other talented athletes from outside their social circle ... as a result you find most high level guys have to do training camp or at-least some of it out of town.

so you decide where you going and go to step 4

4-pay travel, food,accomadation costs and get to work in this training camp...

THAT IS COSTLY people VERY COSTLY on a varietyof fronts..

as the very wise Melvin guillard put it to me.. "i got a special place in my heart for anyone that's hurt but especially those UFC #@$#@#'s cause thats a lot of work put in to be ready."



lets show the guys on UFC 149 a bit of respect and watch a good show.. some quality guys there for sure.. i think that fedor vs jose aldo super fights gonna have to wait for a bit

cp

disregard my lack of spell-check.. i feel it adds authenticity
7/4/12 3:45 PM
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7/4/12 3:48 PM
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Great to read a fighters perspective. Thanks for posting; look forward to your return. Phone Post
7/4/12 3:48 PM
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Nice Post CP. Unfortunate that you got injured. Hope you recover soon.
7/4/12 3:50 PM
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Are you still on the card Claude? I'm a Toronto area guy myself and always root for you and think you can give any WW trouble.
7/4/12 3:51 PM
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UGCTT_Charles Bronsons Mustache - Nice Post CP. Unfortunate that you got injured. Hope you recover soon.


Oh, ok, nevermind.
7/4/12 4:01 PM
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7/4/12 4:02 PM
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big fan, was very excited when you finally signed with the UFC


thanks for poating man
7/4/12 4:02 PM
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Claude Patrick
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hehe canooke did you not read any of that novel i wrote??? :) not fighting on that card but hope to be back soon

in the meantime ill be @ ELITE

7/4/12 4:04 PM
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Claude Patrick
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thanks jack.. i seen you around online for a bit and it always noce to have people appreciate your work.

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7/4/12 4:05 PM
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it sucks you got injured and that is a great write up. but that doesnt dismiss the fact that I am getting much less of a product for the money I paid.

we are rightly pissed off. as I am sure you are as well.
7/4/12 4:07 PM
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UGCTT_Charles Bronsons Mustache - Nice Post CP. Unfortunate that you got injured. Hope you recover soon.


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7/4/12 4:08 PM
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Saw you fight live at 140, thought you won that fight but nonetheless I became a fan of yours that night. Wishing you a speedy recovery and can't wait to see you back in the cage. Phone Post
7/4/12 4:09 PM
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Nice to hear from Mississauga's own, but to be fair as a fan you have a certain expectation or idea of what a UFC pay per view is going to look like on paper. UFC 149 before injured/fight shuffling was an amazing card. I think a lot of people are upset they have to pay the same amount to watch what they consider a lesser product. 2-3 injuries is expected per event but 10 changes is insane. And I think regardless of the circumstances people are gonna bitch and to an extent its warranted. Phone Post
7/4/12 4:11 PM
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Hope to see you back fighting in the octagon soon Claude!! Phone Post
7/4/12 4:12 PM
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Jack Skellington
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Claude Patrick - thanks jack.. i seen you around online for a bit and it always noce to have people appreciate your work.

cp

wow

thank you sir
7/4/12 4:14 PM
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Claude Patrick
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im not really all that mad.. i think people get to worked up over nothing, i got hurt out a fight i prepared for, a nice chunk of $$$, and expenses for training down the tube but you roll with e blows man.. same thing the fans these guys are out here working HARD traing 2+ times a day .. things happen
7/4/12 4:15 PM
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Claude Patrick
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but i know a lot of the guys on the card and there is still a good show to be had.. just watch
7/4/12 4:17 PM
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Great post, fans are not mad when fighters getting injured, but with the lower replacements the UFC put on.
especially when the ticket prices are high and more than 50% of the card changes.
eventually the fans are paying for every ufc employee indirectly!
7/4/12 4:19 PM
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Jack Skellington
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RJJH - it sucks you got injured and that is a great write up. but that doesnt dismiss the fact that I am getting much less of a product for the money I paid.

we are rightly pissed off. as I am sure you are as well.

the man has a legit point
7/4/12 4:20 PM
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Love how the first few posters clearly write kiss ass comments when it's obvious they havnt even had enough time to read the piece.

Good post though. Phone Post
7/4/12 4:20 PM
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Thank you Claude! Sucks you are off the card, hope everything is well with you soon!
7/4/12 4:23 PM
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Claude Patrick - hehe canooke did you not read any of that novel i wrote??? :) not fighting on that card but hope to be back soon

in the meantime ill be @ <a href="http://www.elitecenter.tv">ELITE


Haha, I did read the novel. I guess I glossed over the very first paragraph where you stated clearly that you're out of the fight.

I hope you have better luck next time.
7/4/12 4:27 PM
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Bait and switch. Phone Post
7/4/12 4:29 PM
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