For most professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters training for upcoming bouts means much more than working towards payday. It is a form of self-discovery and quickly becomes their way of life. MMA fans are usually not aware of the dedication and hard work, not to mention long hours that go into the preparation for a professional fight in the octagon.
The female MMA fighter, Caroline Portugal, reveals first-hand what it takes to get a shot at the limelight and how she prepares for her upcoming pro-debut at the Real Fighting Championships (RFC) event in Feb. 2010 in Tampa, Fla. during some Q & A as first part of a new weekly MMA training series.
Q: How has your training changed since you started getting ready for your first professional fight?
A: Before I knew I was going to fight (professionally) I just trained for (amateur) tournaments every other day. Now, five months before my first pro fight, I'm doing something everyday. I'm either working with my conditioning coach, Alan Molina, at either of my dojos, World Class or Spartan Gym. I'm doing something six to seven days a week. If I'm not at the dojo working on technique or sparring, I'm doing sprints or weights at home. I'm focusing on impact conditioning. My diet is 3000 calories a day. I try to spar with everyone while staying injury-free.