BANGOR – Ryan Sanders was at the top of his game when he decided to step away from the sport almost two years ago.
“I’ve been fighting for almost 10 years so physically it took a lot of toll and mentally I was burnt out from the small town politics of fighting regionally,” Sanders said.
Sanders was 8-1 before taking a step back, but now he’s fresh, rejuvenated and ready to re-enter the cage.
“Physically I feel great my wife and I have been doing yoga everyday for the last three months. I have a baby girl her name is Ella she’s my motivation as well having her seeing her I knew I wanted to get back,” Sanders said.
The former Young’s MMA fighter dominated New England MMA as a lightweight at 155 lbs., but will move back to 170 lbs, a class he previously struggled in.
“The weight cut was honestly it was a near death experience every time and don’t say that jokingly or lightly it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life to make 155. I would normally walk around at 185 so I was cutting nearly 20/25 percent of my body weight in about six weeks time,” Sanders said.
“I was struggling at 170 I think it was a mindset though, it was a mental mindset that I allowed people to take me down and in MMA when you’re on your back you’re losing fights,” Sanders said.
As for when and who he’ll fight Sanders is in a wait and see mode because for him, this is his last ride.
“If I don’t see anything open up I’m not going to be a guy that holds onto a career when I’m 40-years-old chasing a dream I know my window is closing and I got to make this run happen,” Sanders added.
Sanders said he is mostly working out on his own but will train with various coaches around the area including Vision Quest Muay Thai’s Primo Bellarosa.