Featherweight fighter Frankie Edgar knows what it’s like to get down and dirty. He used to be a plumber, but he’s been racking up MMA wins for more than a decade. At 5’6” and a fighting weight of about 145 pounds, he’s able to move fast, hit hard, and take down his opponents with moves he’s mastered as a wrestler, black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and countless hours of training he logs to stay in shape and get ready for a fight.
Everybody wants abs. Even MMA fighters. Sure, MMA fighters are less concerned about the aesthetics of a six-pack and more concerned about developing massive core strength to twist, move, and grapple for a submission.
“If there's one thing that an MMA fighter must have when they get in the cage, it's strong abs,” says strength coach Jeff Cavaliere.
So maybe you’re not planning to go all five rounds in the Octagon. But you can still use an MMA ab workout to develop core strength and tone up.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is the best way to train, period. In order to prepare for what fighters go through inside the Octagon, mixed martial artists have to build on every facet: strength, cardio, endurance. Elements from various forms of martial arts (Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, judo, and more)—these practices combined have created a unique and effective training experience for all ages and all levels of expertise.
Frank “The Answer” Edgar is a former UFC Lightweight Champion who holds notable victories over some of the top names in mixed-martial arts. At 5’6 and 145lbs he may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his conditioning and his heart can go pound-for-pound with anyone. According to Edgar, his workouts have progressed into more specific training. “I've been an athlete my whole life. You learn to train not only harder, but smarter. I'm not just wrestling; I'm doing boxing, wrestling, Jiu jitsu. Even my strength and conditioning has gotten better.” Here are just some of Edgar’s shocking workouts that MMA fans have been privileged enough to witness:
Mixed martial arts is a young man’s game, but fighters like Frankie Edgar keep defying the odds and turning back the hands of time. Thanks to an incredible workout routine, the 34-year old UFC veteran appears to be ageless.
On Saturday July 9, UFC reached an incredible milestone in its 23-year history. UFC 200 was not just an impressive collection of great bouts but it was a celebration of how far the sport has evolved to become the largest and best form of combat sports in the world.
Fighters put in weeks of preparation, and for Anderson Silva, just two days, to get on the historic card the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. To celebrate the event we list our 5 favorite moments from UFC 200 in what was a memorable night of MMA action.
MMA athletes may have the most enviable abs in all sports. Thanks to incredible full body workouts, nearly every MMA fighter in the UFC has a strong core which results in a fit body and great results in the octagon. There’s no better example than UFC bantamweight women’s champion, Holly Holm.