Having a good base in MMA requires that you follow some proven training techniques that will allow you to succeed in the sport. Every person has different training needs, so you’ll need to experiment with yourself before you can become successful. In this article, I’ll break down the three most important parts of preparing for a fight and what you can do to better your odds of winning.
None of these points significantly outweigh the other: if you have a deficit in any of them, then it’ll show eventually. With that in mind, you can definitely get by with just one or two against lower competition, but you’ll need to really prepare if you want to compete in the UFC, Dream, or Strikeforce.
The thing that most people focus on when training for a fight is technique. Technique is important, especially on the ground, but you also have to realize that a lot of people just have very good natural talent. There’s not too much more that you can learn after a solid four or five years of training – you can always refine your skillset, but you’re probably not going to become a guru unless you are one already. With that in mind, you can always tighten up your striking and improve your sprawl.
The next thing that many people worry about is the mental aspect of a fight. Some fighters like to get really pumped or excited before a fight, but I recommend against doing this. If you go into the beginning of the fight with too much energy, then you’re going to have a huge adrenaline dump and will be entirely useless throughout the rest of the fight. So remember to stay focused and want the win, but don’t come out too aggressive.
Finally, you’ll want a good strength and conditioning base. This part of training is often overlooked or done incorrectly. Many fighters train for aerobic endurance because that’s how training is traditionally done. This isn’t going to work for an MMA fighter because most of the fight happens in an anaerobic state. With that in mind, you’ll want to do a ton of power lifts and build up a strong base with heavy compound exercises. After you’ve built a good base, you can probably focus on power training – going back to compound lifts only once every two or three months for a couple weeks.
Check out Eric Wong’s “Ultimate MMA Strength and Conditioning” if you want to find out how to make the most out of your MMA training workout. This guide will teach you how to have fantastic strength and conditioning, something that’ll help you in MMA and life.