Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MM-Eh: Goulet, MacDonald, Soszynski on UFC Deck This Week

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Jonathan Goulet arrived on Sunday at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, tired but in good spirits for his welterweight bout against fellow striker Mike Swick Wednesday for UFC “Fight for the Troops” on Spike TV. Goulet (22-9) said that all of his preparation for Swick (12-2) has gone perfectly.

“The training was very, very good,” said the Victoriaville native. “Everything was hard because I had to come back into the gym after having been out for awhile. It was very hard mentally and physically, but I busted through and now I’m ready and very excited to fight.”

Goulet is referring to the foot he broke over the summer twice, which prevented him from stepping back into the Octagon since his UFC 83 win over Kuniyoshi Hironaka last April.

To prepare for Swick, Goulet trained with the usual Montreal motley crew of Georges St. Pierre, Patrick Cote, David Loiseau, and Denis Kang. But despite the star power and the excellence they bring onto the training floor, Goulet’s most valuable training partner might be strength and fitness coach Jonathan Chaimberg.

“It’s really hard with Jonathan Chaimberg,” said Goulet. “But that’s the kind of training I really like. It’s always a challenge to go there, and every time I finish training I feel exhausted, but I feel really well because the work is always well done.”

Goulet said that he and the other fighters compete seriously against each other when going through Chaimberg’s workouts, but for the past two weeks Goulet had the trainer’s undivided attention -- something he thinks will prove to be a major factor on Wednesday.

“Every time I’m training with Jon, if I’m not close to throwing up, it’s not good training,” he said. “I always push myself as hard as I can so that when the fight comes I know that I will be able to push the pace.”

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