MMA fighters have to be primed at the exact right time to get the most their bodies have to offer when fight night comes. After all, unlike other pro athletes, MMA fighters only have a few chances a year to make an impact on their career. One botched fight can have huge implications. Which is why it makes sense that the nutrition plan elites follow is just as important as the training sessions.
Chris Algieri, M.S., and Head Performance Nutrition Coach at Stony Brook University, is also the nutritionist for a number of MMA elites, including Ryan LaFlare, Dennis Bermudez and Gian Villante. He gave us an in-depth look at exactly what top-level fighters eat every day, from training to fight night. And as a former champ himself, Algieri knows a thing or two about what it takes to get to the top— he’s a former WBO Welterweight World Boxing Champion, and just finished working with Daniel Jacobs on his nutrition and training leading up to his high-profile boxing contest against current middleweight great Gennady Golovkin.
So what does the diet of an MMA elite look like? Here’s a list of Algieri’s standards.