In Part 2 of this beginner's guide to MMA, UFC veteran Nate Marquardt comments on the psychological side of the MMA game and techniques to focus on in training!
In Part 1 of this exclusive interview, Black Belt discussed boxing techniques, BJJ techniques, MMA diet and conditioning with Nate Marquardt. You can read Part 1 of this exclusive interview here.
On the mental side of the equation in how to become an MMA fighter, what’s required for success in MMA?Nate Marquardt: You need the ability to go out and perform as well as or better than you do in the gym. A lot of guys do very well in the gym but crumble under the pressure of fighting in front of a crowd. Or they get hit in the face and turtle up. More often than not, the mental component is something you always had, but in some instances, guys have developed it. At first, they’re terrified of getting hit and don’t perform well, but after years of keeping at it, they can develop it. That’s rare, though.
Is that the difference between a great fighter and a great coach?Nate Marquardt: A fighter doesn’t have to be super technical. He really has to know only his own style. He has to be very strong mentally and be able to perform. But a coach has to know styles for big guys, little guys, brawlers, aggressive fighters, counterfighters, etc. He doesn’t necessarily have to have the winning spirit that drives you to victory.
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