Life is a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want.
“Super” Sam Toomer (9-1) has logged, as a professional mixed martial artist, countless hours in the gym for the past five years, and he thinks he may have cracked his code to achieve prosperity as a prizefighter, which includes: remaining an arm’s length away from his family and fight team of brothers and sisters.
Inside every one of us is that tiny seed of the “you” that you were meant to become.
On or off the mats, Toomer glows with a friendly charm and an infectious laugh around Urban Sprawl Fitness. Surprisingly enough, serenity fuels his destructive capabilities as a fighter, and, since transferring from Victory MMA in Southern California to MMAGOLD in the Northern half of The Golden State, he’s never internalized such a serene state as he prepares for Team Alpha Male’s Adrian Diaz (8-3-1) at Global Knockout (GKO) 7 on August 27, 2016. When prompted to predict the outcome of his bout with Diaz, Toomer’s smile sparkled like a set of sharpened daggers as he responded in tranquil tones:
“This feels a lot different than what I’m used to, for sure. I feel like I’m in a more peaceful place.”
Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.
-George Washington Carver-
Owner of a ninety percent finishing rate, Toomer’s sole blemish was dealt in his last outing at RFA (Resurrection Fighting Alliance) 25 versus Justin Lawrence for the featherweight strap. Recently, Toomer visited MMA Destruction (link here) as a special guest, and he touched on how powerful an unflappable mindset is, at least for him, when engaging in the world’s most extreme sport:
“I fight all my fights: calm and relaxed and focused, but that fight, I was just: let’s go, let’s go, let’s go, like too up there.” Toomer’s energy pulsed through the speakers, but he quickly returned to his meditative default before proceeding, “I think I added too much stress and pressure on myself, and now, I’m learning to tone it down and try to enjoy being in there. And that’s when I’m at my best—when I’m enjoying myself and not adding that extra stress.” He whispered, mimicking the little distracting voice he heard in the match with Lawrence, “Get that win, get that win.” He laughed off what he knows he should ignore moving forward, “I’ve got the skills. I’ve just got to go out there and do it. Going out there and having fun is what I learned in that fight.”
Create your future from your future, not your past.
Ten fights into his career and Toomer is more motivated than ever to shine brightly in front of his new aurous teammates and many relatives who, finally, will fill in seats, under the stars of GKO’s outdoor arena, around one of his events. Toomer stated,
“I think the big difference would be: this is going to be the first time my family is going to be there, so that’s pretty exciting for me. If anything, I feel like it gives me more power and more reason to train. I’m already disciplined enough to go hard, but there’s just that extra push of your family being there. Nobody wants to lose in front of their family.”
The phrase I can’t is the most powerful force of negation in the human psyche.
By making drastic changes to his scenery, both professionally and personally, Toomer proved his willingness to evolve. Unlike Toomer, some may find added pressure in so much uncharted territory, but “Super” claimed: he couldn’t feel more superb. Mellow as an untouched body of water, confidence rippled off of Toomer when forecasting his meeting of Diaz, who currently owns the featherweight belt at Tachi Palace Fights (TPF), in the center of GKO’s distinct red canvas,
“Knockout. That’s what I want. If not a knockout, a long three rounds of my hands and feet on him; lots of striking action. I see my hand getting raised.”
All the necessary elements appear to be in place to create a rich atmosphere for Toomer to thrive at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort for GKO 7. For those in attendance, and you’ll want to be for this show, brace yourself for unpredictability as Toomer presents an eerie calm before the storm.