"Upgrade the software without damaging the hardware."
That quote made famous by Conor McGregor's coach (and one of the leaders of the fighter's health movement), John Kavanagh, is one that seems to become more relevant with every day that passes in MMA's ever-expanding bubble. More athletes than ever before are opening up about the possible long-term health complications of a fighter's life – McGregor and Tito Ortiz recently among them – and as a result, calling for their promotions to do whatever they can to
And while progress never happens overnight, we've already seen some remarkable innovations in the way of mental health that could soon revolutionize the safety of sport – handheld brain scanners, for instance. It's this kind of safety-first thinking that led the UFC to begin construction on an all new, state of the art performance center at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Led by a team of UFC representatives and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, who lent a major hand in helping design the facility, the promotion gave reporters an inside look at the two-story, 30,000-square-foot training center last week, which will reportedly feature "a 40-yard track, sleeping pods, cryotherapy chamber, devices that mimic high-altitude training, and a boxing ring" among other.
The idea behind the facility, according to Griffin, will be to allow the near-700 fighters on the UFC's roster to rehab injuries and learn better training practices.
"[MMA is] a violent sport," Griffin said while touting the facilities many groundbreaking Octagon equipped with high-speed, high-definition cameras and a video analysis room.
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