But as you mentioned going in with that beginner's mind the what white been meant White? Belt mentality. What, what has been the most surprising thing for you? In terms of being exposed to MMA, in particular, as opposed to other sports, like, what's unique about MMA fighters? Besides that, they have this huge variety of of tactical skills that they have to learn and perfect. Yeah. That's a great question.
I would say two things. I'm gonna answer two questions. One actually richer eights, what you've already said. Like the degrees of freedom in mixed martial arts are extremely Ninja, like no, the sports. You know, we've got 11 different weight classes. We have men's classes. We have women's classes. We have, you know, kickboxers wrestlers, Jiu-Jitsu Fighters judokas, you know, like karate fighters, you know, the stylistic backgrounds are infinite, we have were awake, classification sport. There's a whole issue relating to making weight and then rebounding to fight about 24 to 30 hours, like just the variability in this sport, the, the the considerations that you You have to make unprecedented compared to any other sport that I've worked with and and a lot of them go against and there are the antithesis of what you would expect for a high-performance, you know, in terms of we don't always have a very clearly defined Competition schedule, you know, once these guys fight they don't necessarily know. When their next fights going to be. What's the closest spacing of a fight? I mean listen, I think the the record is around it's just over a month, I believe. Goodness, so, you know, that's a quick turnaround. But most of these guys are fighting, you know, three or four times a year. Three times a year is pretty normal. The the bigger fights maybe two times a year, but invariably the guys don't know when that next day is going to be so we're in this gray area of. Okay. What do we do? Like? Oh we are we taking some time off or we're just going to do some general prep work or we're going to try and keep this, you know, the knife. Sharpened in case I get I didn't realize
this in that way. It's a lot like Special Operations.
Solutely, you don't know when the call, right?
They have to be ready at all times. There isn't this? Like, let's get ready for the season, right? Yeah.
It like when I was with the British Olympic Association, you know, I knew it was the British, Open the Spanish open, the French, Open the European championships Israeli open. The American, open the Canadian open the Olympic Games, you know, I could circuit in your brain, right? You do see this plan. Like, you know where all the targets are going to be here. It's a moving Target because you might be just hanging out doing some general prep work and then you might get a short notice fight, the give you a quick call. In six weeks or five weeks and okay. I've got a ramp everything up really quickly. So that's a real challenge. In terms of just managing all these discs, these different components of mixed, martial arts alone.
MMA Fighters Rarely Know the Date of Their Next Fight
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