The UFC’s Nick Diaz Explains Why His Extreme Conditioning Gives Him A Mental Edge

February 2, 2012 11:22 am by Pedro Carrasco

“Fighters are afraid of conditioning, they are afraid of getting tired, but I don’t want to have anxiety or be afraid of anything. I can go 100 percent out there and never have to worry about getting tired. Everybody says fighting is 90 percent mental, and it’s true. Knowing you can go 15 minutes or 25 minutes without any problem can help you sustain that mental advantage over your opponent… I just like to race. It gives me something to build for. During the triathlon season, I’ll probably race every two weeks. I get stronger and stronger when building up to the race. After a race, a lot of people will crash and take their foot off the gas, but I’ll keep building and building until I have to fight. I have a reason not to crash, and I try to keep the ball rolling until fight night… Doing the races keeps me in shape. By the time a fight comes around, I’m already in shape and ready to go. I don’t have to get in shape for fights. When I am in the gym, I train mixed martial arts, I don’t need to train to get in shape. I am already in shape… If I’m not running, I’m going to go for a swim or go on a bike ride. I don’t like being stationary at any point during training.”

The self-proclaimed hardest worker in Mixed Martial Arts, Nick Diaz recently told the reason why he has chosen to be a two sport athlete and how that helps him perform once in the cage.

Triathletes are cardio machines, they stretch the limits of endurance with every competition and Diaz credits that type of cardio and training to his mental toughness once inside the cage.

Other MMA Fighters go through circuit training and have a strength and conditioning camp prior to fight night, but Diaz lives this lifestyle instead of isolating his endurance training for fight camps.

It’s hard to argue that he has an unmatched gas tank, but will it do him any good this weekend against Condit?

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