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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: When offer comes, think with head, not heart Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Friday, 08 August 2014 07:12

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week Minnesota standout amateur fighter Nick "The Inspiration" Palmer is given a free pass to write about any topic, and he'll provide Minnesota MMA fans with an inside look into the world of fighting. Enjoy "Words of Inspiration.")

I received a text message Tuesday afternoon that read “what is your weight at?” and I immediately knew the direction this was headed because I have been down this road before.

I replied by saying, "I'm at about 170 pounds, who’s the guy?" Then I got the message that read "you don't want to know," and that’s when I was flooded with emotion.

This was a chance to avenge a previous loss, but more importantly, this was a chance to fight for a title. Before I could jump at the opportunity and accept the offer, I needed to make sure I thought about a few things first, and I knew there would be some hurdles I needed to leap in order to make it happen.

I have been out of the gym for the most part of 3-4 weeks because I’ve been nursing a couple minor injuries that occurred in my fight in July. With those minor injuries still lingering and my cardio probably not where it should be for a five-round title fight, the cards were already stacked against me.

I still didn’t want to just give up and decline it; that wasn’t enough for me to say no just yet. I needed to look

at all the avenues before making a decision. I also took into account that this fight would take place in 11 days.

I still want this fight. I want it so bad that I can almost feel that belt around my waist. I needed some serious advice, and I needed it right away before I let my heart do the thinking my brain should be doing.

The first person I asked what they thought I should do was actually my 8-year-old daughter. Granted, I was mainly just asking her because I wanted to know what she thought. I said “Alyssa, do you remember that fight I had back in November when I fought for the belt?" She said she remembered, so I then told her that I had an opportunity to fight for that belt again, and I asked what she thought I should do.

She said “do it, Daddy, do it for me.” I told her I wasn't sure because of all the hurdles in my way, and she responded with "you're just saying that because you're scared."

Boy does my little girl know where to hit me. I have to admit that she almost convinced me to make the call and accept the fight right then and there, but I knew I needed to speak with my team first.

I asked Marvin Blumer to give me a call. I told him what was going on and he said "I believe you can beat anyone that stands in front of you, but is the timing right?" He also added that this guy has been training for this fight. You want to give this guy 150 percent if a rematch were to occur. He also said that if I were to take this fight and lose, I might not ever get the chance again.

This made total sense to me, and it was coming from a guy that has been down a similar road. Although this is a fight I want with all my heart, I realized the timing just wasn’t there. I’d literally have to start cutting weight, get medical clearance on my eye and fight with a left hand that I’m not so confident in.

I finally told the promoter that I couldn’t do it. I almost couldn’t say no, but I knew I had to. I also told the promoter that if he gave me eight weeks to prepare, we could definitely make it happen.

Like I've stated in the past, it's important to surround yourselves with guys who have your best interest in mind. I’ve got that with my team at the Minnesota School of Martial Arts. They believe in me, and I know another offer will come. And when it does, you can bet your ass I’ll be ready.

Before you jump the gun, make sure you think about what's best for your career.