Long-touted as one of the very best light heavyweight fighters in the world, the one knock against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is that his conditioning has given out on him on more than one occasion (though usually when coming off of an injury).
Having revamped his entire training camp since giving up the UFC 205lbs. title to Jon Jones this past Spring, Rua has brought in the services of former Anaheim Ducks strength and conditioning coach Todd Norman, who has been personalizing a workout program for the ever-talented Brazilian fighter in hopes that conditioning won’t be an issue for his upcoming rematch with Forrest Griffin.
“With Shogun right now, we’re getting to that phase where we are working on more cardio and conditioning to make it more fight-specific,” Norman recently told MMAPrime. “By the time he gets to the fight, hopefully the conditioning aspect won’t be an issue.”
Norman explained that he is behind Rua one hundred percent for his rematch against Griffin and that, in his mind, a coach can’t see things any other way.
“When I’m training someone for a fight or whatever it is, it’s 100%, ‘You’re gonna win and you’re gonna dominate.’ That’s the way it is,” he said. “The mind-set can’t be any other way. I think the athlete or the fighter have got to believe in themself and I think whoever is working with them has got to be 100% believing in them. That’s the way I am. To me, 100% ‘Shogun’ is gonna rip him up, tear him apart.”
Shogun will get the chance to show off his new training regimen when he meets fellow former champ Forrest Griffin in the co-main event of the upcoming UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami fight card, which goes down Saturday night from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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