The harsh realities of life in the fight game are inherent from the dark ages of MMA (mixed martial arts), although some tribulations have changed over the years, many sticking points such as cutting weight and dieting akin to the life of a UFC fighter. The unified rules of MMA have changed the fight game immeasurably, yet the issue of making weight through diets and huge cuts remains, on the most part, as the sole responsibility of the athlete.
The opinion rang true amongst a host of UFC superstars, as well as ex-middleweight contender Mark Munoz, when quizzed by the MMA Interviews TV team. Check out what Frankie Edgar, Ovince Saint Preux, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ and many more had to say about the ups and downs of life as a fighter:
“I don’t like cutting weight, yes you look good but you don’t feel good. The best part is the platform you have to influence people and leave a lasting impact for them to strive for betterment in their lives. I have an anti-bullying campaign, a ministry at my gym, the gym itself, for me to be able to do that bears a lot of weight.”
“The training is the tough part, you want the training to be harder than the fight. You’re training 2-3 times a day, it wears down on the body, but you gotta sacrifice some good times. The best part is the travelling and just getting your hand raised at the end of the fight. It’s all worthwhile when you get that win.”
“The toughest part is the grind, you know, your body getting beat up. The best part is being able to fight for a living, do what I love, so it’s a win-win.”
“The worst part is dieting, cutting out all the good food and getting down to weight. I love training and working hard, the best part about fighting is the UFC, being in the best promotion in the world, and being able to help my community and provide for my family.”
“The worst part is cutting weight, the best part is everything else.”
Ovince Saint Preux
“The best part is I don’t have a 9-5, I’m typically late, so I can get up when I want, train when I want and take a vacation when I want. I don’t have to wait for my vacation to start. The worst part is training constantly, going through hell in camp, and dieting sucks. I hate the cravings and the gruesome training is hard.”
So the constant throughout the cool interview is that watching your lbs. is a tough job, and overall the best part of life in the UFC/MMA fight game is being able to inspire, provide and help others, as well as do a pretty cool job.
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