A common misconception in MMA is that fighters only tire themselves out when striking or if over-exerting themselves during a submission attempt. However, a good deal of conditioning has to do with one’s ability to excel during grappling exchanges regardless of if the techniques involve offense or defense.

Frank Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champ, knows a thing or two about ground-work and has a number of pointers for competitors looking to maintain their wind when things hit the canvas.