The countdown to TKO 35 begins
As an exclusive to MMATraining.com, Mark is documenting his daily training regimen leading up to the big night. Follow along and you’ll get a true sense of the dedication and commitment these professionals put into their training. Good luck Mark.
Thursday, September 4
Back at Xtreme Couture today and was really excited because it was a great group of lightweights and featherweights on the mat when I arrived. We started out with our 30 minutes of conditioning and 20 minutes of leg attack drilling. I am beginning to get very comfortable with Coach Nick’s system and feel like my wrestling has improved leaps and bounds. After drilling we split into groups of 4 and each guy had 3 X 5mins of full MMA sparring with big gloves and shin pads with a new guy on him every round. My conditioning is improving but still not where I want to be. My timing and conditioning will improve in the next 2 weeks to get to a point where nothing fazes me and lets me know I am ready.
This afternoon I was a little pressed for time since I had to talk to my manager and the promoter for my upcoming fight, which normally means to me that when both are calling something is up. Sure enough there was and I found out that my opponent Tommy Lee broke his hand and is out for the fight. It is very frustrating since I really wanted the opportunity to avenge this loss on my record, but with an injury there is nothing you can do. My training was a little rushed but I still got some intense work within an hour and did 15 minutes of skipping, 3 X 5mins of shadow boxing, and 3 X 5minutes of heavy bag and ground and pound work. It looks like my opponent will be named soon, but forsure I will be still fighting which is great! I just want to fight the best, plan and simple.
Friday, September 5
Back in London today and training with Coach Nick from Toronto Xtreme Couture. We had a strong group on the mat, which is always a bonus with Sam Stout, Horodecki, our new BJJ coach Rowan Cunningham amoung others. We began with our 30 minutes of conditioning followed by 20 minutes of
drilling techniques from the clinch. After our drilling we got in live schrimige of fighting for leg attack takedowns for 1 minute rounds with full intensity. It felt like we did 20 rounds by the way we all felt like after, which means we are really being pushed hard. After the wrestling we
did some drilling from the bottom position getting back to your feet which is a skill that I need to be instilled into my game, followed by 3X5mins of live grappling rounds.
This afternoon I went for an 8 km run and finished with a good session of stretching.
Saturday, September 6
Today was huge since this was the first day of training at the new gym! We open on the 15th of September but I wanted a good session with the guys who have really made the Team Tompkins gym what it is today to be a part of the first workout in the new facility. We did 5X5 mins of caveman drills with
1 minute stations of step ups, tire flips, chin ups, power lifts and box jumps. After the conditioning we did 3X5 mins of Thai Pad work each. The atmosphere in the gym was amazing! I loved the energy and overall feel of the new gym, I am so excited to create something special with it through
training and helping others train.