Chris Camozzi: Staying Fit

UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi has been willing to step up on short notice a few times in his career including in recent weeks when he agreed to face Ronaldo Souza at UFC on FX 8 despite the lack of a full camp focused on “Jacare” to do so. As Camozzi recently explained in a feature on the UFC’s website, the reason he’s able to fill in is based on fitness.

Check out his check list on how to remain fit at all times including a few helpful hints…

#1. FOCUS HEAVILY ON CARDIO

“Short-notice fighters come in and they gas quickly, so a big part of camp would revolve around cardio and getting into shape. We all know how to fight and that stuff comes back quickly, but building up the lungs and getting rid of lactic acid is huge. Try swimming, long-distance running, and sprinting — when you’re tired, that’s the ballgame.”

#2. TRAIN FOR SPEED

#3. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET

“The biggest thing for me was portion size. I was eating a ton of food. Even if it was healthy food, I was having two or three plates of it. Now I’m eating five to six meals per day and keeping my insulin level from spiking, which allows me to burn fat all day while keeping my energy up. That will be a huge advantage for me.”

#4. HEAD TOWARD YOUR TARGET WEIGHT IMMEDIATELY

“Getting to 185 pounds has always been tough for me since I’m usually around 215 lbs. to 220 lbs. when I’m not fighting. But my new diet has allowed for a more gradual weight drop, so this time it’s a good cut. I have a good feeling that I’ll gradually get my weight down rather than have to cut it off really quick and suck out all the water.”

#5. FORGET THERE WAS AN OLD STRATEGY

“When you take a fight on short notice, you have get tape of your opponent right away. From there, my coaches create a list for me that include keys to winning the fight as well as the things we need to work.”

#6. GET CONTROL OF YOUR NERVES

“I think there is less pressure for a short-notice fight. If I take a ten-week camp, I go through this phase of a couple weeks where I have plenty energy and I’m ready to go. Then about midway through I start to get tired and nervous, and I start to think “What if this happens?” or “What if that happens?” Right now, I’m still on that excited phase. I don’t have time to dwell on the fight as long or second-guess myself. I just have to go in there and get it done. I think less and react instead of overthink.”

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