UFC heavyweight Josh Parisian has been training more than just his physical skills leading up to his fight with Don’Tale Mayes at UFC Vegas 45.

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Speaking with The AllStar’s John Hyon Ko, the Michigan native spoke about the mental training he’s been doing.

Somewhat of a slow starter, Parisian promotes the benefits of working with a mind coach to improve that aspect of his game as well as the elevated sense of gratitude giving him a new sense of freedom in the cage.

“I’ve talked to a mindset coach and that has helped a lot actually,” Parisian stated. “A lot of self-talk, a lot of self-affirmations. Reminding myself for what I am grateful for. That I’m grateful to be there and that helps a lot… It takes some pressure off knowing that it’s not the end of the world. If I think too much about it and I tie my self-worth to it….I’m Josh the fighter and if I lose, I lose a part of myself then it’s a way more stressful situation than just reminding myself that I’m Josh who fights, it’s just something that I do and I’m gonna do my best. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. I’m still me and it doesn’t change anything.”

Parisian is planning on notching his first performance bonus in this fight as well.

“I always say I see it playing out with me getting a 50K bonus…at least I hope. It’s hasn’t happened yet but I go out there and work really hard. I should get some sort of bonus.

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Thinking his opponent might be a bit nervous about what he brings to the table, the 32-year-old slugger expects that nervous energy to be to his benefit.

“If [Mayes] watched me at all, he has to be a little bit stressed. I always come forward, it’s hard to put me out, and I don’t really back down ever. I’ll just keep throwing. Even if you’re hitting me, I’m hitting you. I think that’s a stressful opponent to have. I think he is nervous or he just doesn’t care enough to be nervous. I’m curious where his mindset is.”

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Fighter profile

Josh Parisian is a 32 year old male fighter from the United States with 14 pro wins and 4 losses. Parisian is scheduled to fight Don’Tale Mayes at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus on Saturday December 18, 2021.

Parisian’s recent form coming into this matchup

Recent form for Josh Parisian
Josh Parisian’s last 5 professional MMA fights

Parisian has gone 4-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.

  • Win vs Roque Martinez • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-06-19
  • Loss vs Parker Porter • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-11-28
  • Win vs Chad Johnson • KO/TKO R1 3:43 • 2020-08-18
  • Win vs Marcus Maulding • KO/TKO R1 3:57 • 2020-01-29
  • Win vs Matunga Djikasa • KO/TKO R2 4:16 • 2019-12-14

Josh Parisian’s next opponent: Don’Tale “Lord Kong” Mayes

Tale of the tape: Josh Parisian vs Don\'Tale Mayes
Tale of the tape: Josh Parisian vs Don’Tale Mayes

Don’Tale “Lord Kong” Mayes’s recent form coming into this matchup

Don’Tale “Lord Kong” Mayes is a 29 year old male fighter from United States with 8 pro wins and 4 losses. Mayes is scheduled to fight Josh Parisian at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus on Saturday December 18, 2021.

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Recent form for Don'Tale Mayes
Don’Tale Mayes’s last 5 professional MMA fights

Mayes has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.

  • Win vs Roque Martinez • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-11-14
  • Loss vs Rodrigo Nascimento • Submission R2 2:05 • 2020-05-16
  • Loss vs Ciryl Gane • Submission R3 4:46 • 2019-10-26
  • Win vs Ricardo Prasel • KO/TKO R1 4:59 • 2019-07-16
  • Win vs Nkemdirim Oti • Submission R3 2:15 • 2018-11-17

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Michael is a lifelong fight fan and martial artist. He has been in the MMA world for over a decade as an athlete and analyst. A consummate student of the game, Michael lives and breathes fight sports.

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