Say what you will about will about Chael, he’s a mildly entertaining dude who has shown that Anderson Silva isn’t immortal, just bad-ass. Sonnen has more or less given the blueprint to world on how potentially to beat Silva:
Have a good power double.
Nobody is immune to a good double leg takedown.
Keep smart pressure on Silva and don’t allow him his choice of range and foot placement.
In the first fight, we noticed Silva and Sonnen exchanging blows – something very rare for the elusive Spider. Anderson’s timing and footwork are generally immaculate. When allowed to setup his feet and get his range down, he becomes a master at picking shots and avoiding any return fire.
Keep Silva down (but actually hurt him when he is there).
With solid wrestling, I believe the advantage is sided with the man on top. Chael’s problem is he just doesn’t do any damage when he’s pounding. I’m not sure I fully understand it yet, maybe its posture, maybe its the endurance vs explosiveness in his muscles, maybe its the caution to hold a guy down and not open up a can upon your opponents face – Chael doesn’t seem to give the umph in the ground and pound department that someone like Mark Munoz does.
Do not do silly things, do not take a break.
A spinning backfist is something you have to kinda catch guys unaware with. Unlike various kicking + punching combos, where you can almost force an opponent to each or exchange punches, the spinning backfist isn’t a high percentage technique. Pair that knowledge with the fact that Anderson Silva is clearly one of the most superior strikers in MMA and you get silliness. There is no time to give Silva room to set up shop (read: the spider-web) and pick you apart. There are times when various fighters have had moments of success against Silva. They all involve pressuring him into their game and not standing in the middle of the octagon. Relentless attack seems like the way to go if one hopes to beat the champion.
Anyway, what are your thoughts? What fighter or gameplan would you construct to put an end to Silva’s reign?
So…. Anderson Silva knocks out Vitor Belfort with a front kick to the face. It was beautiful. The timing, the distance the expression on Silva’s face … it almost made me cry. Both for the beauty of the thing, but also because my hope for a new champ got KO’d as well.
The fun thing for me was all the hoopla post fight about the kick. People were going ape-shiz like they have never seen it before, and true, its not a bread and butter thing in the UFC.
This you probably already know. What you may not know, is that Anderson learned this technique from Steven Seagal, or so says Seagal.
First of all, is it just me, or does Seagal look like “The Eradicator” from the Superman comic books? Because the glasses really sell the look.
As for his remarks about nobody really using it, etc, also like “The Eradicator”, there may be a small amount of fantasy going on.
The way I figure it, is that the teep kick from Muay Thai is close match to this kick, and that’s been around from the dawn of time – and Anderson is *ahem* fairly well versed in that. But hey, now that Seagal has brought the front kick to MMA, perhaps we will also see elbows to the face as well. Maybe even punching of the ribs. Who knows the crazy things is store for us?
Maybe he showed some different pointers or a style of doing it? I don’t know, but it would be awesome to hang out with these guys and find out. I bet its like a rap video, but with hot girls doing ninja stuff instead of clubbing.
I originally learned the front kick in Karate, and one time I accidentally kicked an opponent in the throat in a tournament (I was aiming for the face). It’s a nasty kick. A lot of force is going straight forward, and the structure of the stances with you and your opponent is like a head on collision. The kick is a bit slower and harder to hit with; the movement makes it tricky to adjust mid way through. Unlike a circular kick, which can just keep swinging onward to whack into an opponent, it can be avoided with good head movement. Below, a kung-fu version of the kick.
The first time I saw the kick in MMA was with Bas Rutten. I remember thinking, “I’m going to have to keep that in my bag of tricks.” I know the resolution on the pics below aren’t amazing, but trust me, it’s Bas. (See video here).
Here’s a video of Rob Mccullough teaching the rear push kick, a variation of the one that KO’d Vitor.
Anyway, the front kick is something we’ll probably see more of know that attention has been brought to it. Here are just a few more pics to please you.
True fact: Anytime a front kick to the face happens, a leprechaun gets a pot of gold.
And it came to pass that Salt Lake was prophesied to be the place for UFC 117 : Sonnen vs Silva. And the the time thereof would be August 7th, and the location thereof would be the EnergySolutions Arena.
It’s time to pay respects to an unsung hero in mixed martial arts: MMA fighter’s diet and nutrition. We see the shredded bodies, the sweat and the full 3rd round gas tanks. Let’s take a step back to the gas pump.
What to eat
There is a difference between a professional athlete’s nutritional needs and goals vs a causal MMA’ers. There is a level of exactness and discipline that makes a difference when you train 3-4 hours a day 4-7 days a week.
Second case in point: Joe Riggs calls his nutrition guru, Billy Rush, if he can have blue cheese crumbles on his salad. “Of course I said no,” Rush quips. BTW, Billy is a Salt Lake City native and has worked with Rich Franklin, Jorge Jurgel, and Jeremy Horn. If you want the big time, NO, you cannot haz cheeze burger. Nor croutons on your salad.
Consider sushi for protein – Anderson Silva does.
Know and eat the superfoods: the foods that are top of their division. Namely:
Don’t screw up good ideas. The superfoods quickly become kryptonite when you bathe them in sugar, butter, ice-cream, or deep-fry them.
Get 80%-90% of your vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients from food. Many nutrients are better absorbed and utilized in your body when they come in specific, balanced cocktails – and often those balances are naturally found in vegetables/fruits or common dishes that contain them. Cool, huh?
All protein is not good protein. For men, whey is better than soy. A medium rare, lean flank steak is superior to that “100% Black Angus Burger” from wherever. Eggs are usually ranked as one of the best bio-protein sources. Make sure the protein your getting is “complete”.
When to eat
The most important meal of your day is the meal after your workout. Think about this.
Wisely eat/Drink something before your workouts. If you don’t have available energy to burn in a workout, your workouts will be limp and less effective. (See Critical Bench’s Pre Workout meals)
Before you go to bed, think protein. Specifically, think of the protein Casein (found in milk products). Essentially, casein is a slow digesting protein – eating it at night suppresses protein breakdown while you fast for 8 hours (sleeping).
I learned a tip from Bill Philips “Body For Life” challenge regarding night time muscle loss – one of the winners would wake up at about midnight and pound a protein shake and then go back to bed. He claimed to make and keeps serious gains via this trick.
Eat five-six times a day. Or every 3 hours. This is the basic mantra of athletes, and works very well.
You can try the Warrior Diet one meal a day thing, but your mileage may vary.
Have healthy snacks between meals. Carrot sticks and peanut butter, not coffee and KitKats.
Food journal. Keep track of everything you eat and drink. This will help you reach your goals and make sure you’re getting the protein/carb ration you’ve always wanted. Also, you’d be surprised what goes in your mouth. One last thing – don’t just keep the journal, share it with your trainer or friends. They can help you keep on track. “Where performance is measured is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Thomas S. Monson
Portion goes hand in hand with Proportion. Billy Rush gives a basic breakdown - “There’s no one important thing. We try to eat from all food groups. We basically eat 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 10 percent fat. Plus, of those carbohydrates, approximately 50 percent are starches, 25 percent are fibers and 25 percent are fruit. We decrease and increase all those adjustments depending on how the fighter reacts to them.”
Keep a healthy immune system at all times. Eat fruits and veggies, sure, but also NEVER eat food from a communal office bowl or finger touched tray of stuff. Anyway you can do it, keep the immune system burning right. Heck, if this means drinking your own urine, like Lyoto Machida, then do that.
Understand the nature of the game. Just like there are three pillars of MMA (Striking, Grappling, and Conditioning), conditioning has three components as well: exercise, recovery, and nutrition. If these things are not integrated and well aligned, beware.
Use your brain. Avoid fad diets and the new hyped sports supplement. The food pyramid is not a government conspiracy. Look at the back of the label.
The diet and sports nutrition industry are not your friends. They do not have your best interest in mind. They exist to separate you from your money. Think about this before you buy the next version of Bio-Carb Hydroxy Stack Protein isolate.
One of the more common things for athletes is to consume more lean protein because they need it to rebuild their constantly damaged muscles.
If you’re a casual player, then abide by the “moderation in all things” wisdom. You can have pizza, but in moderation. Avoid extremes, eat a decent, moderate amount of veggies. Eat according to you real life, not your fantasy lifestyle. If you’re a pretty regular dude, don’t think you need to eat like the MMA stars.
Find a solid way of eating and stick to it. Don’t bounce around between differing ideologies and strategies, constantly overhauling everything about what you eat. It’s like switching from diesel to gas to coal and back to diesel. Find something that works, in general, and then tweak it and expand your recipe library.
Wanna look ripped? Make sure to manage your subcutaneous hydration: “But just how does an athlete rid themselves of the unwanted water beneath the skin to maximize their appearance? We like lots of potassium, which hydrates the muscles, and we don’t want any sodium at all.” – Billy Rush
If you can’t get your bearing in the mess of information about sports supplements, don’t worry. Many fighters abide by a holistic wisdom and a less is more strategy when it comes to the drugs. Billy Rush puts his guys on a multivitamin and little else.
If you only going to use one supplement, let it be creatine. It is one of the safest, most research, no brainer sports supplement out there.
Take a daily multivitamin. Aside from just eating healthy, Fedor says the only other thing he does is take a Centrum multivitamin.
Tito Ortiz doesn’t use supplements, despite his active promotional activities (Xyeince, etc).
Also make sure your getting the following: vitamin D (my physician says the new standard is 1000 iu’s), vitamin E (fish oil), vitamin C, selenium. Dudes, studies show that these are good. I’ll save the nerding, just believe.
Know the role of supplements. They are exactly that – supplements. There aren’t to replace or supplant regular nutrition, they should be take to fill in your nutritional gaps.
Also, know the place your supplements are made. During my last physical, my doc told me that 60-70% of nutraceuticals coming from overseas (he mentioned India, China, etc) are being found to contain lead and other heavy metals.
Cutting weight in not a healthy thing to do – it’s terrible on your liver. If you’re a professional mixed martial artist, they pay you the big bucks to hurt yourself. If you’re not pro, consider the slim slow version of cutting weight. Healthy living, and burn more calories than you consume.
Okay, if you have to cut weight – try the “slim slower” version anyway. The whole dropping 10-20 pounds in 48 hours is dangerous and difficult to reverse. Within a week of the fight, you should be 10 pounds of the fight weight. “Each day, we’ll sweat off about six pounds of water [and] we’re very careful to only put four pounds back in. That way there is a two-pound deficit daily. That way, weight is never an issue the day of the weigh-ins.” – Billy Rush, with credit to Diego Sanchez at 155.
Cutting weight with the Wham Bam, thank Mam approach. “The simplest and most effective way to begin the weight cutting process is to decrease or stop fluid intake. Your body is constantly losing fluid by breathing, sweating and urination. Every minute and hour that this goes by without replacing the fluid, you will lose weight. This process takes no extra energy from a fighter to complete, and you can lose up to 5-6 pounds in 24 hours without drinking … we usually start the fluid restriction exactly 24 hours before the weigh in.” – Martin Rooney via GrappleArts
Empty those bowls – in addition to pooping, you can use an all natural, easy on the system laxative. Some people can loose 5 lbs. “By taking the … laxative before you go to bed the night before the weigh in, you should wake and clear your bowels completely.” – Martin Rooney
On the rebound after cutting weight, “Potassium and starches. It’s about what your body is going to absorb and what your body’s going to use. You need starches and potassium and, of course, electrolyte vitamins to keep everything in check. If you ever cut weight and you’re a little wobbly and stuff, electrolyte vitamins, starches and potassium will fix all that.” – Billy Rush
“After the weigh in, you should eat small meals at regular 30 minute intervals … Firing a ton of food down immediately after the weigh in is going to leave you feeling bloated and sick. Your body won’t be able to use all the food at once anyway, and it will just sit there. Smaller meals will clear the stomach and you will be able to eat again shortly. We actually have our athletes continue to eat all the way up to a few hours before the fight the next day. Eat meals that you are comfortable with. Don’t start to do anything different.” – Martin Rooney
Ditto for the fluid replenishment. “You should immediately take in fluids following the weigh in and continue to drink at regular intervals. The ultimate goal for my fighters is to see a clear urine stream before we know we are back. This can take 3-5 gallons of fluid over the next day to replace the 10 or more pounds that has been lost. Don’t rely on the thirst response because it will not be accurate.” – Martin Rooney.
The Liquid Portion
Drink a gallon of water a day. “First, you need to drink at least a gallon of water every day. The only way to keep track is to measure it, otherwise you will just assume you have had enough- and possibly not reach your goal.” – Rich Franklin
Drink two glasses of water first thing after you wake up. When you get up in the morning, your body will be slightly dehydrated from the 8 hour fast.
Lay off the juice. At least the stuff you buy in the store: OJ in a can or bottle, apple juice, clear grape juice. This is really candy, and should be treated like such.
Lay off the alcohol.
Drink the good juice! Fresh carrot, lime, apple, beet, etc.
There are two camps for the juicing: skin on and skin off. Skin on – keeps a nice percentage of the fruit/veggie fiber and the skin possibly has some extra nutrients. Skin off – the juice is cleaner and better absorbed for post workout goodness. The Gracie family are in the skin off juice camp.
Lay off the alcohol. Seriously.
If you drink coffee, keep it black. Sugar and milk are for ice-cream and losers.
Smoothies are not an excuse to cheat. They should not be fun. This is MMA, after all.
Good things to put in smoothies: oats, carrots, berries, spinach, bananas, yogurt, protein powder, milk, ice, honey (occasionally).
Things that should not be put in smoothies: white sugar, ice-cream … you know, crap.
You have to make a choice on how serious you are going to be about athletics and health. If you choose to be hardcore, then eat hardcore. Balance that out.
Eating superbly is all about comparison and choosing. Sweet Potato beats a regular white potato. Brown rice beats white rice. Baked beats fried. Olive oil beats canola oil. Canadian bacon beats regular bacon.
“The good is the enemy of the great.”
Choose the lesser of two evils. If you’re going to eat a candy bar, eat a snickers in stead of a bag of skittles. It doesn’t produce as bad a spike in blood sugar, due to it’s nuts.
Choose spices instead of fat. You can have flavor a variety of ways.
Go ahead, limit your choices. If you are setting hardcore goals, eat a limited number of preplanned meals. Tim Ferris, author of the wildly popular 4 Hour Workweek, did a blog post about losing weight via simplicity and science. ” Rule #2 Eat the same few meals over and over again. The most successful dieters, regardless of whether their goal is muscle gain or fat loss, eat the same few meals over and over again.”