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"Lifting weights & being strong doesn't win fights. Having great timing & being very intelligent wins fights." - Floyd Mayweather Jr

Mayweather is simply the latest of the greats to apparently dismiss weight / strength training. Bruce Lee, Mohamed Ali, Rocky Marciano & many others have said similar things & even refused to do weight training. Many claim that it will slow you down or reduce your endurance. Yet it's obvious that to be a fighter you do need strength along with the speed, endurance & timing (& intelligence) & of course they all did strength training even if it was 'just callisthenics & heavy bag work'. So why the apparent contradiction? There are 2 answers to that. The first & the reason I chose the Mayweather quote is, fighting is a very technical sport where posture, leverage & timing through good technique generates maximum power. Particularly in MMA where the athlete needs to be well rounded & possess the skills of multiple disciplines, by far the majority of a fighter's training time should be dedicated to skills acquisition. Conditioning, vital as it is, must always play a supporting role. The second, which we will look at in more detail later, is there is a big difference between 'body building' (which is / was for most synonymous with weight training) & functional sport specific strength / power training.

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I read 2 articles recently that analyse the finish rate per weight division in MMA. The first (not the order I read them in, btw) was an article on Fightnomics. The author, Reed Kuhn, looked at all the UFC fights for 2006 - 2012. As was expected, the number of KOs, TKOs & stoppages as a proportion of fights increases with the weight of the fighters. Simple physics right? The graph below is a simplification of the data presented by Kuhn to make it more comparable to that presented by Sampson (see the next analysis):

Finish Rate per Weight Division - UFC Total
As expected a positive correlation between weight & knock-out power... simple physics.

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