Going into the biggest fight of my life on just 17 days notice was eye-opening to say the least. I got the call to fight Luke Rockhold for the belt while I was still shooting xXx and flew back from Toronto to start training.
Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much work out every day. It might just be weights or a run, but I always keep busy. I stay in shape in order to stay sharp.
I think everyone in MMA overtrains, even me sometimes. The problem is there are so many disciplines and we try to cram it all in, and that’s where the overtraining comes in.
I see some of the newer fighters and their workloads are ridiculous. They are so overloaded. I used to do it, I know.
This is the first fight I went into where I could say I wasn’t overtrained. That, of course, wasn’t a possibility because I just didn’t have enough time.
I usually go into a fight thinking “OK, this time I won’t over train,” but then I do because it means a lot to me. It’s subconscious, really. I will squeeze in an extra session or do an extra run. By the end of the camp my conditioning is better, but I’m also tired and I’ve lost strength and explosive power.
In the fight with Luke I felt great. I was in the best shape of my life, I felt strong. I think everything was perfect. I’m definitely going to learn from that.
I’m not going to do the eight-week camps anymore. Instead I’m going to wrap it up to a month before the fight.
Bottom line is overtraining is not the way to go.