Top 10 Ways to Become a Great Fighter!


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I get asked a lot by people what does it take to make it to the UFC? That’s a tough question.

Throughout my career I never thought solely about the end goal of competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts competition. Instead I looked to improve my skills a daily basis; To get stronger in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, become a more dangerous striker, grow more talented in wrestling. My drive was to become the greatest fighter I could be knowing that if I continued to improve with each passing day, good things would come of it.

Along my journey I realized a few things that may help you along your own MMA path. Here they are:

1) Be humble – Realize you have a lot to learn and search it out

2) Don’t take your losses too seriously – Getting tapped in training, losing a tournament match or not coming out a winner during an MMA fight are all unavoidable occurrences on your way to becoming a great fighter.

3) Train with skilled partners – Try to wrestle with those that can wrestle, box with those that can box and so on…

4) Find a knowledgeable strength and conditioning coach and get yourself in the best shape possible. Your training sessions will be more productive and you’ll make greater gains with less effort.

5) Read books. Books about Martial arts technique, strategies and training; autobiographies about mixed martial artists and other athletes who have achieved the type of success you are looking to achieve; and books that focus on positive thinking, meditation and mental preparation for sports competition.

6) Compete as often as you can in a variety of martial arts and combat disciplines such as boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

7) Train in group classes, participate in seminars, take private lessons, watch instructional videos and videos of fights. And when you’re not training, visualize your training; reviewing in your mind what you have worked on lately and the things you plan to focus on in the future.

8 ) Keep a log of your training activities. Set a schedule as to what practice sessions you will attend for any given week and stick to it. Don’t allow yourself to miss class by making some random excuse.

9) When you go on vacation or are in the midst of travelling try to find places to train wherever you are go. It’s a lot of fun and very beneficial to roll, spar, practice and share ideas with new people so make sure you do it whenever you get the chance.

10) Believe in yourself. Know deep down inside that you will become a great fighter and achieve all of your dreams.

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  1. Paul H. says:

    Jeff, you mention ,among other things, “books that focus on positive thinking, meditation and mental preparation for sports competition.” Any specific books you recommend?

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