We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and say that we are extremely thankful that you are following MyMMANews.com. We reached out to a handful of professional MMA competitors to find out what their plans are for Turkey Day along with what they are thankful for. Take a look.
Jim Miller – “Thanksgiving is a pretty big day in my family. Pheasant hunting, food and family. This year, my mom is ‘allowing’ me to make one of the turkeys. Smoking is my favorite way to prepare the bird, so I’ll be bringing my Traeger over to my parents house to cook. Besides the turkey, we’ll be having the usual sides plus some beef sirloin. I’m also going to make some venison, I’m not sure how yet though. Smoke plum and thyme cocktails are also on the menu. I’m thankful for my family.
Raquel Pennington – “Having family come in from out of town. Hosting a Thanksgiving feat with my entire family at Tecia and I house. Taking pictures with our grandparents and all the grandkids and great grandkids. This year I am thankful for all the love and support I am surround by. A wonderful family, amazing friends, a beautiful fiancé. And the opportunity for everyone to get together and make more memories.”
Frank Trigg – “I’m having a few dinners with different friends that I consider my family. I’m thankful for my wife pushing me to always reach out to the areas of my life that are uncomfortable and making me grow.”
Lauren Murphy – “For Thanksgiving, I’ll be training with my team at The MMA Lab, and then going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. I am thankful for a ton of things- I’m always grateful for my family, and my health, of course. Those always top my list. And I’m grateful for all the learning lessons I’ve had this year. I’ve grown a lot as a person and a fighter, and that’s about the most you can hope for in this crazy sport. My husband and I also have an amazing vacation planned in Thailand at the end of the year, and I am REALLY looking forward to that. I am super grateful for the amazing life I have. It’s truly unbelievable to me. Pretty much every day, I wake up and say, “holy shit, I can’t believe this is real.”
Shane Burgos – “Thanksgiving plans are to train in the morning then spend the rest of the day with the family. I’ve got some time before my fight so I plan on enjoying myself that day for sure! This year has been the best year of my life. My daughter was born early this year and I’ve had two fights following her birth which I won and even got a fight of the night bonus. So I’m thankful first and foremost for my family and my healthy baby girl, I’m also thankful to the ufc for allowing me to provide for my family doing something I’ve dreamt of since I was 14.”
DeAnna Bennett – “This Thanksgiving I plan on doing what I love the most, spending my morning in the gym and then baking some pies…. none for me to eat this year, but for other people. Fighting and baking, my 2 fav things on the planet besides my dog. And I’m thankful for dogs, fighting, musicals and Josh Groban…. which brings me to my Christmas wish. All I want for Christmas is Josh Groban. But in truth I’m thankful I get to live a life I love and do what makes me happy.”
Kurt Holobaugh – “I just plan on spending time with finally I don’t see often and enjoying some food, eating.
Thankful for all the good people in my life that has helped me get to where I am today.”
Andrea KGB Lee – “Well 2017 was a great year for me. I won 4 fights and a world title and got picked up by the UFC so I’m very thankful for the whole year really. 2017 was a highlight reel year. On thanksgiving I’ll be chowing down at my in-laws house. My mother and sister in-law are the best cooks on earth and since my year is done and I won’t really enter camp for my UFC debut until January, I get to kill it over the holidays. You name it turkey, southern dressing, duck and andouille gumbo, so that’s one more thing to be thankful for. This is the first time in 3 or 4 years I wasn’t cutting over the holidays so I’m gonna eat. I’ll be in the gym extra early Thanksgiving day though to kill the calorie guilt that’ll happen later.”