After years of dealing with nagging shoulder problems and a crisis of confidence, former UFC lightweight Alvin “Kid” Robinson finds himself on the road back, feeling better than ever.
“I feel like I’ve grown everywhere,” he recently told MMAWeekly.com.
Every aspect of Robinson’s game has benefitted from a change of mindset and hard work with some of the best trainers in the business.
“I’ve always been good at jiu-jitsu, but now I’m believing in my jiu-jitsu and I feel like I’ll tap anybody if it goes to the ground,” said Robinson. “I’ve gone back to my roots of wrestling and I feel like I can out-wrestle anybody. Working with the coaches at Grudge, I feel like I can stand and bang with anybody, and I have confidence in it.
“Over the past year I feel that not only my physical skills, but my mental (skills) have grown, and I’m ready to do work again.”
Not only has confidence bolstered Robinson’s game, but shoulder problems he’s suffered with since high school and once thought would require surgery have been taken care of via a different route, allowing him to focus once again on his wrestling base.
“It definitely was a blessing in disguise,” he commented. “At first I thought I was going to be out for another year with no fights sitting on the sidelines, but sure enough, my strength and conditioning coach was able to fix the problems I was having and now I’m stronger than ever.”
Robinson will have an opportunity to test his newfound strength at Fight to Win’s “Mortal Combat” show on Friday, Feb. 25, in Denver, against former “Ultimate Fighter” alum Cameron Dollar.
“He’s pretty well-rounded and has wins by submission and knockout, and I’m expecting a war,” stated Robinson.
“I want to show everybody that I’m a well-rounded MMA fighter, and wherever the fight takes place that I’m ready. I’m conditioned, I’m strong, and I want to make a run at the UFC and the title.”
As for which title Robinson’s gunning for, with the recent acquisition of the WEC and its weight classes, he now sees himself competing at 145 pounds.
“After I go in there and execute against Cameron, I’ll be knocking on the door in the UFC again and this time I’ll be at my natural 145-pound weight class and I’ll be able to do things there for sure,” said Robinson.
“I feel stronger, I feel faster, and my conditioning is better. I can eat healthy and stay at a weight that I’m comfortable at.”
Mentally and physically Robinson is at his peak, and he’s firmly affixed on achieving a higher level of success than he’s ever had, making him a fighter to watch in 2011.
“I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Grudge Training Center, Kline Bros. Jiu-Jitsu, Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, my wrestling and strength and conditioning coaches, my sponsors for this fight and everybody who has supported me through the ups and downs and my career,” he said in closing.
“Please come check out the fight and support the ‘Kid.’ I feel I can compete with any 145-pounders, and this is where I can showcase my skills and get back in the big show and let it go and have fun out there.”