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  • [birds chirping]

  • [chatter]

  • >> Reyes: So, riding this bike,

  • this is one of my last sessions before the fight.

  • And, uh, it kinda sucks

  • because I have to work so much harder

  • just to get my heart rate up.

  • This is what it takes though, man.

  • Gotta work your ass off if you wanna be the champ.

  • It's the little things that you have to do right

  • that nobody wants to do.

  • Nobody wants to ride a bike for 45 minutes straight.

  • Going nowhere.

  • I'm going somewhere.

  • Getting to the top.

  • Conditioning my heart, conditioning my body.

  • We're gonna get there.

  • He's gonna charge in!

  • Not today.

  • Jones' weakness is himself, his own ego,

  • as well as being very hittable.

  • I'll show you how hittable he really is.

  • Bam, bam, bam.

  • Time.

  • Let's do this.

  • May the best man win.

  • Alexa, turn on the bed.

  • >> Alexa: Okay.

  • >> Reyes: Okay.

  • Get some packing done.

  • It's pretty easy to pack for fight week.

  • Got a couple hats.

  • Gotta rock my beanie.

  • That's pretty much it.

  • We had a lot of greats come through California,

  • but Kobe's just kind of stood out above the rest

  • for me personally.

  • I mean, I wore number 24 in college when I played football,

  • and throughout high school, I wore number 24 because of Kobe.

  • So, on my Instagram, it says DomReyes24

  • because I've always worn 24 and because of Kobe.

  • There's a little tidbit there.

  • And, uh, I hope this fight

  • I'm able to honor his legacy and his memory

  • with an amazing performance

  • because that's what I'm here to do.

  • Alexa, turn off the bed.

  • >> Alexa: Okay.

  • >> Fedotov: Here now, you know, it's almost 8 days

  • before the fight and Valentina in good shape now.

  • Just we need to do some little more things

  • to be exactly ready for fight, and we travel a lot.

  • That's why we train in different gyms.

  • For example, this time we prepare

  • and start our preparation in Thailand,

  • in our club in Tiger Muay Thai.

  • And that was very good.

  • Thailand every time it's very interesting, very good

  • because many sparring partners from all over the world.

  • Have Thai people, have now some people from Canada,

  • from Russia, Ukraine.

  • Just two or three days ago we were back to Houston.

  • [thumping]

  • In UFC, it's the best promotion of MMA in the world,

  • and here not have easy fighters.

  • All the fighters here, they're dangerous,

  • very skilled in all kind of martial arts sport.

  • I know Katlyn Chookagian is tall girl.

  • She is number one, and that's why, you know,

  • for every opponent, Valentina prepare in the same manner.

  • We prepare all 100%.

  • Good.

  • Okay, rest, rest, rest.

  • [radio playing]

  • >> Chookagian: I started martial arts when I was four years old.

  • At that time, I didn't know there was-- what UFC was,

  • or MMA or anything.

  • But I just knew I wanted to be the best.

  • I wanted to be the best in my karate class.

  • I wanted to be the best at the tournament.

  • And then as I got older, I started seeing MMA,

  • and I'm like, "Oh, I wanna do that,"

  • and then I started seeing Ronda and UFC.

  • I was like, "I wanna be in the UFC.

  • I wanna be a UFC champion."

  • It was never-- the goal was never to get into the UFC.

  • The goal was to be a champion in the UFC.

  • So, from my first amateur fight,

  • this is where I saw myself going.

  • If I didn't see myself in this position,

  • then I wouldn't have done it.

  • >> Henry: Katlyn has scrapped and clawed

  • and always wants to fight the best fighters.

  • I remember when she was amateur,

  • she'd hear about a pro coming into the gym,

  • and she'd, "Oh, can I get with her?"

  • You know, being around guys like Eddie and Frankie.

  • It's just so rubbed off on her

  • that she's even brought it to a whole 'other level, man.

  • And I think that's what makes her so great,

  • is she always wants to fight the best

  • because she always wants to be the best.

  • >> Chookagian: My camp's been amazing.

  • I kinda rolled right into it

  • after fighting November 2nd at MSG.

  • I think I fought Saturday.

  • Wednesday I was back in the gym training.

  • When you get a title fight,

  • you wanna get in the gym right away.

  • Train four times a day.

  • It's easy to train, you know, when that belt's on the line.

  • The lead up to this fight has been the same.

  • I keep kinda waiting for that moment where I'm like,

  • "Oh [bleep], this is a title fight."

  • Luckily, I don't know, I haven't had that feeling.

  • I just feel like it's any other fight, you know.

  • Every fight's the biggest fight.

  • I mean, this one has the title,

  • but this is what I work my whole life for,

  • so, I've been ready for this since my first amateur fight.

  • It's what I've been waiting for.

  • ♪♪

  • [gym chatter]

  • >> I got something for you, bro.

  • >> Can I wear it right now?

  • >> Don't wear it right now.

  • Thank you for all your help, bro.

  • We're about to get some final tech sparring, game plan,

  • put it all together flow, have fun.

  • The last time I'll be in here with the squad working.

  • We gotta just-- last dress rehearsal, really is what it is.

  • >> Stevenson: This is exactly why he got into the sport

  • and now it's about realizing his dream

  • and making it a reality.

  • He's done that with the work.

  • You put in the work so that when it comes to time to perform,

  • you're ready for anything that happens.

  • Let's go, partner for partners!

  • What you guys are gonna get to see

  • is just peak of performance, strategy, ability.

  • It's gonna be beautiful violence.

  • He said over and over in his head

  • that he was a champion going into this fight.

  • >> Now you can make that dream a reality.

  • >> Jones: Dear Heavenly Father,

  • I just wanna thank You so much for bringing us all together.

  • Thank You for all these mighty men

  • that make up this amazing team.

  • But, prepare for a good ah-ha moment tonight, Lord,

  • just pertain great knowledge, great flow,

  • and have no injuries.

  • We love You so much.

  • In Jesus' mighty name we pray, amen.

  • >> Amen.

  • >> It's fight week, so we're focused on the goal at hand.

  • Every coach is gonna get a little time tonight.

  • We're gonna go through the rounds.

  • Go over the overall game plan strategy.

  • Just keep it fresh.

  • Have a good sweat and have a good time.

  • >> Jones: Just going through the motions.

  • All the cardio is set.

  • The moves are locked in.

  • I feel tight. I feel great.

  • The coaches are all on one accord.

  • >> This fight is gigantic for Jon's legacy

  • because it's another victory

  • on that journey to being the best of all time.

  • I believe he's already the best of all time, but he's

  • got so many more fights in him, and so much farther to go,

  • that I think we're in the middle of his career right now.

  • >> Jones: Feeling great.

  • Weight's low, spirits are high.

  • And, uh, ready for victory.

  • Champion 2020, baby, starts now.

  • [theme music]