With the UFC 122 looming this weekend, all eyes are on the international spectacle. But very soon we have a major event right here in the UK, in the shape of BAMMA 5 on Saturday 5th December.
The fightcard looks great, featuring Bob “The Beast” Sapp who is fighting Stav “The Bear” Economou. We are most excited about another Heavyweight fight, where my money for a win is with Oli Thompson, former Britain’s Strongest Man, now a formidable Heavyweight MMA fighter who is slowly climbing the UK MMA ranks with a 4-1-0 record. He will be fighting Darren Towler (3-4-0).
Having trained with Combat Ready Training for the last year, Oli Thompson is set to peak for fight night with ferocious power and the cardio abilities most middleweights would be envious of. Five minute rounds are nothing to Oli, he eats them up with ease and plenty left in the tank for more.
Fighters from the ZT Fight Skool team got together with me for some strength and conditioning. After a rigorous warm up using tabata and bodyweight, and mat based crawls, few I subjected them to the “Tail Pipe” protocol- a truly sickening workout which has you working with a partner.
Anybody who has wrestled, sparred in BJJ or fought in MMA will know what it feels like to try and breathe whilst pinned to the ground or against the cage. The Tail Pipe builds resistance and endurance in these situations.
The Workout Originally a Gym Jones protocol, Tail Pipe is 3 rounds of a 250m row followed by 2x 24kg Kettlebell rack holds.
As one partner holds the kettlebells in the rack, the other rows. As soon as they finish their row, you switch positions- repeat this three times….as these are tough lads, we did it for four rounds!
The guys loved this workout, so it will definitely be coming back soon!
Dedicated to those fighting in the upcoming ZT Amateur Tournament and ZT Fight Night.