MMA Knowledgable nutritionists and experienced fighters: question

Discussion in 'OT Bar' started by Skeletor, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Skeletor

    Skeletor Guest

    Will having a higher bodyfat% help in a fight to a certain extent? I notice that fighters that run out of gas especially quick are ones with very low bodyfat, and the ones who seem to be able to keep their strength and speed throughout an entire fight that goes through all rounds often have an almost "chubby" look, although it's obvious they're very well built under the extra baggage (example: Fedor, Lidell).


    Does this extra bodyfat serve as fuel during the exhausting activities of wrestling and striking, or is it merely coincidental that fighters with superior cardiovascular stamina prefer to have a slightly higher bf%?
     
  2. brolli

    brolli OT Supporter

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    the fighter who trains high intensity cardio more will have the better cardio. And how do you know that chuck/fedor have such great cardio? They might just be fighting intelligently and conserving energy... where as someone who is more ripped and goes balls out the entire fight gasses earlier... Just coincidence.
     
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    aka Phil Baroni.
     
  4. Jeff Merr

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    Cardiovascular endurance cannot be judged by a fighter's appearance. Couture/Fedor/Hunt, all have awesome endurance, all totaly opposite bodytypes. And to answer your second question - NO, your body will not use your bodyfat as fuel/energy during a fight, i don't know where you came up with that one. When a fighter starts to "gas", it's most likely his glycogen stores are crapping out.
     

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