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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-24-2007, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Lifting strength like Matt Hughes

I guess most have seen the fight between Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton where he lifts Newton up after being almost locked and choked out in a triangle choke.
Hughes then walks around with him and drops him to win the match.
We are training a lot on triangle chokes but no matter how many times I tried to escape the choke and do the "Matt Hughes walk" It simply doesn't work !!!
I've been doing MMA now for 2 years but however I've been lifting weights for 15 years.
I can benchpress 350 pounds and deadlift 440.
When it comes to strength I can't complain.
However I simply don't understand how Matt does it !
So my question : did anyone in here succeed in this move while training and what exercises in the gym could be done for this ????
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I am pretty convinced that the difference between that kind of strength and weightlifting strength lies in two things: core strength and minor muscle groups. You work those things as hard as you work the big muscle groups, you will get stronger in the Hughes-style. I really don't know if you could get to his level in the gym, though. Wrestlers seem to develop awesome functional strength.
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Are you as short and stocky as Matt Hughes?
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Matt Hughes works like 8 hours a day on his families farm.

He has obviously done this his whole life and continuing through with it in the present.
That'll keep core strength top shape.

Try "free running" (parkour) for core strength and insane cardio.

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^ like that
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No I'm taller then Matt, I guess that's a disadvantage. Anyway I always tried it with opponents my own weight, I guess with a lighter opponent it would work after a lot of practice
I found Matt's training programm, a lot of weightlifting included as i guessed. The Official Website of 9-Time UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes

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I got money on adrenaline having a big part in that move. He was being chocked out and the survival instinct kicked in.
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You probably shouldn't practise it too much. I imagine its a big strain on the lower back.
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well i can't say ive done it but ive had it done to me, my bjj partner was 235 pounds and i was 130 at the time. he picked me up in the trangle choke and i freaked out and tried to jump out but he threw his back into it and it hurt. Those blue puzzle matts don't have much give

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I guess most have seen the fight between Matt Hughes and Carlos Newton where he lifts Newton up after being almost locked and choked out in a triangle choke.
Hughes then walks around with him and drops him to win the match.
We are training a lot on triangle chokes but no matter how many times I tried to escape the choke and do the "Matt Hughes walk" It simply doesn't work !!!
I've been doing MMA now for 2 years but however I've been lifting weights for 15 years.
I can benchpress 350 pounds and deadlift 440.
When it comes to strength I can't complain.
However I simply don't understand how Matt does it !
So my question : did anyone in here succeed in this move while training and what exercises in the gym could be done for this ????
DO CLEANS WITH A BENCHPRESS BAR, EXPLOSIVE LIFTING, AND BACK EXERCISES
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Matt Hughes works like 8 hours a day on his families farm.

He has obviously done this his whole life and continuing through with it in the present.
That'll keep core strength top shape.

Try "free running" (parkour) for core strength and insane cardio.

YouTube - Best of parkour compilation

^ like that
exactly, get a job farming tobacco or roofing where you constantly carry 80-120lbs and sling it, 8 hours a day, 6 day's a week.
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