UFC 120 Training Camp Journal – Day 29 – “MMA Sparring Overload”


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MMA Sparring Overload

Wow, the time is flying!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the week already. We’re all looking forward to a day off this weekend; one day of rest to allow Spencer’s body to regain some strength and recover from all the hard work he’s been putting in at the gym. He’s really tired lately but that’s a very good sign. If this week and the next are too easy, the fight will be difficult as he will have not trained as hard as he should have. He is exactly where he needs to be right now. The final week before his fight at UFC 120 will consist of much less training. We’ll work on the focus mitts in shorter, more intense intervals, tighten up ground fighting skills and get Spencer ready to make weight. However, before then we still have another solid week of ultra intense training.

This morning we focused on small glove sparring, with Spencer scrapping through four 5-minute rounds. To make things tougher for him, his sparring partners switched out every two and a half minutes which kept them fresh and aggressive. After all that was done I held the hand mitts for Spencer as he put in one more five minute round of intense work. We’re really starting to work well together in that aspect of training. Even after all the hard sparring rounds he was punching the mitts with super balance and focus.

In my room now, I just uploaded some more training videos to my laptop. I should be able to put together a really cool highlight of the training camp when I return home.

I’ve got the feeling that we’re going to head out for a run in a bit…

Oh yeah I forgot to let you know how the scrabble game went with the wife last night. I was so tired that I almost didn’t play with her. After she talked me into it we got to it and thirty minutes or so later she ended up being too tired to play. We saved the game at that point and I’m proud to say that the score was all tied up. Hopefully tonight I can take the lead and pull off the elusive and seemingly impossible victory.

I’ll post more after our run and final training session at the gym…

Night time training was great tonight. Spencer worked his group of fighters through a couple of great Thai combinations mixing in elbows, knees and flying knees. I’m definitely going home with awesome new tricks in my bag. Afterwards Spencer sparred with the big gloves on for four five minutes rounds against a fresh guy every two and a half minutes. Moving his head very well, he was avoiding a lot of strikes and landed an awesome spinning back fist –we’ve been working on it a ton– on one of his sparring partners. It definitely rocked the guy quite a bit.

Spencer works extremely well from within the clinch so I think that’s why he’s often finding himself there during sparring. Next sparring session which will probably be on Monday night, we’re going to work more on fighting from a slightly longer range so that he will be able to land more punching –and kicking– combinations. Also if he hurts his opponent with a strike from that extended range it will be very tough for the other guy to grab onto him for safety. He’s really turning his body into his punches now and If he can put that to full use against Warburton at UFC 120. I can definitely see him ending the fight with a solid right hook.

After training Spencer and I hit the town with a few of the fighters. Just getting in the door I’m pretty tired so I think I’m going to go get some sleep…

Here’s a few short clips from our padwork. More to come…

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