For the first time, Alex Silva takes us behind the scenes at Evolve MMA as he prepares for his match at ONE Fighting Championship ‘Battle of Heroes’ in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion gives us an insight into the grueling regime that he and his team mate Rodrigo Ribeiro are undergoing in order to be ready for the fight of their lives on February 11th.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) might look hard, and when fists and feet start to fly, someone is always going to get hurt. But ask any fighter and they will tell you that the hard work actually happens far away from stadiums and arenas and out of the public eye. The fans don’t get their first glimpse of a fighter until he steps into the cage, ready to do battle against his opponent. What they don’t see is the hours and hours of painstaking preparation which go on behind closed doors in order to ensure that, by the time the referee signals the start of the fight, he is well and truly ready.
"My training for this fight (ONE FC Battle of Heroes) began in December and this is what I do every day of the week except Sunday, when I rest. My coaches are all world champions and they push me hard. This timetable is just for martial arts training and does not include my strength and conditioning sessions,” shares Silva.
– 15 minute warm up drills
– 45 minute learn new technique and drills (MMA, BJJ, and Wrestling
– 60 minute sparring (MMA, BJJ, and Wrestling)
2pm to 4pm
– 30 minute run
– 15 minute skipping rope
– 1 round x 5 minute of shadow boxing (Muay Thai and Boxing)
– 5 rounds x 5 minutes of padwork (Muay Thai and MMA)
– 1 round x 15 minutes of sparring (Muay Thai and MMA)
– 1 round x 15 minutes of Muay Thai clinching
– 1 round x 8 minutes of MMA circuit training
8pm to 9pm
– BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, or Wrestling
Rodrigo Ribeiro is taking on Russian Combat Sambo champion Rustam Khabilov and Alex Silva is up against Filipino fighter Geje Eustaquio at ONE Fighting Championship ‘Battle of Heroes’ in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 11. Details at www.onefc.com.