Many people going to the gym lift heavy to get big, which is fine, but weight training for boxers and mixed martial artist needs to be a little different.
Lifting weights for a combat athlete needs to be explosive, so keep the weights light & due many reps. You want to simulate the movements & tempo of a fight, not only does this condition your muscles but it also gets your heart and lungs in fighting shape.
Weighted shadow boxing
Bent Over Row
Military press dumbbell & barbell
Squat & Push Press
Again, keep the weight light & the movements explosive. Make sure to use Proper Form, we are lifting to get stronger for the fight not to injure ourselves.
“Don Frye is a legend in this sport and one of the toughest guys to ever compete,” UFC President Dana White stated. “He was known for putting on incredible fights like his one with (Yoshihiro) Takayama in PRIDE, which is still to this day one of the craziest fights I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to Don Frye for being selected to the 2016 Class of the UFC Hall of Fame!”