Finally after months or years of training and watching the UFC you find yourself scheduled for a fight of your own, or maybe you are just preparing for regional or national championships in your own chosen martial arts style. So how do you best prepare? The key to success as with anything you do in life is great planning. You will normally have months of notice before a competition or fight, so create yourself a plan week by week, breaking down your actions in your countdown to fight day.
Of course you may be tempted to totally punish your body with training right up to fight day, but your caoch or instructor will probably advise against this. So make sure you adjust for this in your plans. It is said that it takes 2 full weeks for your body to completely recover from muscle tears and strains caused by lifting wieghts and for your body to be back in 100% fighting shape. So any gains you hope for need to be reached 2 weeks out.
Get as much information as you can on your opponent; check for videos of their fights or training sessions or any blogs or social media they may be putting out. Learn to read between the lines and not take it all at face value – deception is a great weapon in battle even when it comes to the octagon.
Get in the octagon as much as possible. Get as much real world sparring experience as you can. And make sure you are training to last far longer than you need. If you can keep up with a tough opponent or opponents for twice as long as the competition rounds then when you are live it should be even easier than your training.
If you have to travel to where the competition is being held, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Make sure you are there a day early to avoid added stress and make sure you get a good nights rest. Also make sure you plan your meals or snacks for the day of the fight and stay well hydrated. You need to plan to eat so that you keep up your energy but at the same time are not feeling sick or bloated and uncomfortable. take time before the fight to get your mind right and block out the distractions. Visualize Your Win!