Lawrence is joined by his former training partner and teammate, Mark Allen. We reminisce about some of our favorite memories from our decade plus in the combat sports world, and how he is dealing with his Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which he examines in depth, in his fantastic (hilarious, but also gritty, and powerful) new book: “Based on a True, Traumatic, Brain History: A Short Memoir”. Mark is truly “uncommon, amongst uncommon men” and just as I was inspired by his tenacity and fighting spirit when we were gym buddies and gym competitors, I am today inspired by his always positive and pragmatic approach to his “new normal”, and his constant intellectual curiosity. He never allows any self-pity and maintains a growth mindset, along with his strict athlete lifestyle of fasting, constant growth, and commitment to get the most out of this life, regardless of his adversities. It is in hope that Mark’s book and wisdom will encourage the new generation of fighters to train smarter, and not just harder. Through it all, neither of us would change those years and the honor of being Teddy Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena”.
His new book is available on amazon: