I'm going to knock Condit out
I'M now less than a month away from my next outing in the UFC, and from here I'll be looking to keep all the readers of the Nottingham Evening Post up to date with my thoughts, movements and training progress ahead of the fight.
As always, this is a huge fight for me. I'm taking on respected welterweight contender, Carlos Condit, on the UFC's big New Year show on January 2.
This means that I will have to sacrifice my Christmas festivities in order to stay in shape and prepare physically and mentally for one of the toughest tests of my career.
That is just sometimes the price you have to pay for being in this business.
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Although it will be a pity to put my Christmas to one side, I plan on having a massive celebration of my own once I knock out Condit at UFC 108.
Condit is a talented fighter with lots of tools to his game. He's got decent stand-up and is very capable on the ground. He's a pretty well-rounded fighter.
Unfortunately for him, I know he will have never met a striker like me before.
He will not be able to get away with the things he has done in the past when he stares across the Octagon at 'Semtex'.
I'm very confident of knocking Condit out and adding to my win over Martin Kampmann in September.
I felt like I made a statement against Kampmann and hopefully opened a few people's eyes as to what I can do in the UFC.
Kampmann was the favourite going into the fight and I managed to knock him out in one round.
He was being lined up as a possible challenger to the UFC welterweight title and I was brought in as a late-notice replacement. That didn't matter to me, though.
I'm not just entering the UFC as a journeyman or someone who is going to lose to every good guy he faces. I'm going to come after you and finish fights.
I will chase after every guy I fight and make it a battle of wills. I love finding out who is going to break first.
Against Kampmann, it was never even a question. I could see it in his eyes – as soon as my first left-hook landed he didn't want to know. He didn't want to exchange punches with me and he didn't want to risk going for too many takedowns. I had him exactly where I wanted him.
I'll be looking to produce something just as spectacular on January 2 to kick 2010 off with a bang.
The other British guys in the UFC are going great guns at the moment, and a lot of them are either based in Nottingham or have been training with us as at the Rough House gym.
Dan Hardy has continued to go from strength to strength and beat Mike Swick at UFC 105 in November. He is now getting ready to fight Georges St-Pierre in the New Year for the UFC welterweight title.
We also had big wins for Andre Winner, Nick Osipczak and Ross Pearson at UFC 105, all of whom prepared in Nottingham for their fights.
All in all, it was a tremendous night for British mixed martial arts and also added further proof that the Rough House gym is the hotbed for UK MMA right now.
I really think the UFC and mixed martial arts has taken Nottingham by storm.
Everyone now knows what mixed martial arts is in Nottingham.
There are shows everywhere, up and down the country.
You no longer have to explain in depth about what you do as an athlete. People understand as soon as you mention mixed martial arts or the UFC.
I don't have to say cage-fighting anymore, which is great as it sounds a little bit more brutal and violent than the other terms. People can now relate to the terms MMA and UFC.
I speak to my friends and family within Nottingham and they're all hungry to buy tickets to UFC events.
The local papers all cover mixed martial arts and the city truly loves the sport.
We've got a huge MMA happening out here with me, Dan Hardy, Dean Amasinghe, 'Judo' Jim Wallhead, Andre Winner and a few others.
Carl Froch is also doing his thing in boxing, and he's the current WBC world super-middleweight champion. In a sense, we're taking over the combat sports right now.
It seems that people are starting to wake up and realise that Nottingham is just a great fighting city.
I'm always proud to call Nottingham by home city . . .