The life of a UFC star isn't all that glamorous. Kurt Pellegrino knows that all too well. The UFC lightweight won his sixth fight with the promotion, his first ever on the pay-per-view portion of a card. Yet after all the fanfare in front of 17,500 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, three days later Pellegrino was back at his Belmar, N.J. gym, sweeping up the floor. When Cagewriter stopped by Pellegrino MMA, he was getting things ready for a Tuesday class with 6-to-13 year olds. The poor guy hasn't even had his first pigout meal or drank himself into oblivion at one of the Jersey Shore watering holes yet and he's back at work.
Pellegrino was glad to reflect on what was a solid win against a dangerous opponent in Josh Neer. He was happy that he controlled things mentally which hasn't always been his strongsuit.
"Right off the bat, my boxing coach told me how to find out tough he is," Pellegrino told Cagewriter. "Jab to the face, jab to the belly, come right up top to the face with my right hand and give it everything I had. I hit him flush in the face and he looked at me like 'was that it?'"