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Old 11-23-2007, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recovery Time? Help Me Understand

Wondering from the people here who train & fight... what is the true recovery time of a fighter. Now of course this differs per fighter and also depends on the fight itself.

My question is... say a fighter trains for a fight for 6-8 weeks... gets into the cage and knocks the other fighter out in 1-2 minutes without sustaining any damage. Do they need to wait months to fight again? I can assume if its a 3 round war with cuts/broken bones/etc it will take time to heal.

The reason I ask is some of these fighters are sitting for months between fights. Dana White has even commented the life of a fighter is short almost like a football player. Sure Randy is an oddball...but most dont have an infinite timetable.

Why dont some of these guys fight 6x a year? Maybe being a non fighter I dont understand but help me figure it out.

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Old 11-23-2007, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good question. Some guys do fight 5-6 times a year though.

Im not a fighter, but i am an endurance athlete. I know from my personal experience that it's not the event, but the training that takes it out of you. Niggling injuries build up, aches and pains take time to go away, and it often takes me weeks and weeks after an A race before i feel strong again. Fatigue hangs around much longer than i think some people realise.

That said though, i race 5 or 6 times a season (2008 will be 2x half ironmans, 1x full ironman, 1x olympic distance, 1x sprint) and thats between May-September. I would think fighters could fight more too, even with proper rest and tapering.
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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hmm ok so they train up to the fight...and say it goes 2 minutes.. most say they get right back to the gym (no rest). I dont see why they cant fight in another month or 2. Not like sean salmon but maybe UFC has too much talent and people to put out there... I mean look at GSP Arlovski etc... a shame they fight so infrequently.
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Old 11-26-2007, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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with an organization as large as the UFC its typically not the fighter thats waiting. The UFC doesnt want a fighter to be on every other ppv. It will over expose the fighter and people will lose interest, or want to see other fighters who arent getting the same amount of spotlight. With such a large organization, theres always someone who hasn't been seen in a while.

smaller orgs. and minor league shows often have a fighter fight every 2-3 months or so. Here in Va all the guys that participate in the local shows fight about once every 2 months on average because the scene is kinda small. I do know guys who will travel to other small shows in other states and fight 3-4 fights in one month, then take a month or two off. these are typically the guys who have real jobs and can't take the time out on a regular basis.
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