WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO BECOME A UFC FIGHTER?
It takes a whole lot of hard work and dedication to become a UFC fighter. Most fighters fight professionally in smaller organizations for years and have extensive training in multiple disciplines before the UFC will even consider allowing them in the cage. These fighters are hand picked from the best of the best and the few chosen ones make it to the pinnacle of MMA fighting - The Octagon™.
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Fighters have a full range of methods used to repair their bodies after extreme physical exertion, including ice baths, recovery shakes, accupuncture or visits to the chiropractor. After each event, fighters are evaluated by doctors who decide how long they need to recuperate. Concussions can take months to heal, broken noses take at least two months to heal (and can even be sore for one year) and broken hands or feet take even longer.
Information learned: Fighters maintain a rigid diet regimen, and rarely cheat with junk food, in order to maintain the weight required for their weight class. This strict form of eating clean is high in protein and includes plenty of vegetables and whole grains. Certainly, diet and nutrition guidelines vary from one fighter to the next, depending on whether they're trying to gain weight, lose weight or maintain. Eating is no longer a fun and enjoyable activity. Food is just fuel for the body to endure the intense sparring and endless training sessions. When a fighter needs to make weight, even water is a luxury.
Each non-championship mixed martial arts contest is to be for 3 rounds, each round no more than 5 minutes duration, with a rest period of 1 minute between each round.
Each championship mixed martial arts contest is to be for 5 rounds, each round no more than 5 minutes duration, with a rest period of 1 minute between each round.