Pizza is off the menu
LISMORE fighter Brentin Mumford will spend the week eating mostly plain chicken and vegetables as he prepares for his next Mixed Martial Arts fight.
Mumford, 25, will step into the ring on Saturday for his fifth professional fight at Nerang on the Gold Coast.
"Having to eat the bland food and the strict diet is one of the hardest things before a fight," Mumford said.
"The intensity in training starts to drop but I've also got to drop about 9.5kg to make weight for the fight."
Mumford has just returned from a month-long training camp in Thailand.
He trained at least three times a day and worked on his wrestling game.
"I got to work with some great people over there and I'm feeling confident," he said.
"There were guys there that are high level fighters from all over the world."
There will be plenty at stake when Mumford competes in his welterweight division fight on Saturday night.
A win at the PCYC facility in Nerang could put Mumford a step closer to a title shot.
"It looks like the winner of this will fight the loser of the championship fight," Mumford said.
"And if I can win that one I will hopefully get a title shot."
He will come up against Joshua Smith whom he beat by majority decision in November last year.
Mumford believes he has no psychological advantage despite the win.
"He can go back and change his game completely," Mumford said.
"Because I've already beaten him I won't change too much and he'll know what to expect.
"I'm always a bit nervous going into a fight, but without the nerves I reckon that means you're too confident."
The Fightworld Cup promotion that Mumford competes in is a second-tier promotion below the top Cage Fighting Championship in Australia.