Julius Anglickas: Fighting Fear with Fists

Aug 12, 2019

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On the Aug. 13 episode of Dana White’s Contender Series, Julius Anglickas will not just confront the massive opportunity to earn an Ultimate Fighting Championship contract. He will also face the same fear and anxiety he feels before every fight. Emotions that have driven him to finish six of seven opponents in a three-year run that includes being the current Legacy Fighting Alliance light heavyweight champion.

“The more I think about it, the more it starts hitting me,” Anglickas told Sherdog about battling fear. “With each fight I write down some mental notes that kind of help me with it. Either way, I find something to have anxiety about, and it’s funny, the closer the fight [gets] the easier I make the switch. Like 10 [to] 15 minutes before the fight it’s like I’m able to switch it. Sometimes it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it does. Whenever I’m in the cage I’m completely fine, but it’s just that build up. It’s like oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. A lot of people say, ‘oh, why would you say that on the interviews?’ It doesn’t matter because I’ve been performing. Me saying that I get scared of fighting is like; what is my opponent going to [say]? ‘Oh, he’s scared you’ve got to go after him.’ I’m going to smash you either way. Yea, I’m scared, but it’s fight or flight; I’m alert.”

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