Eddie Mendez has some advice for up and coming fighters when it comes to getting ready for a fight.
The middleweight Mendez is set for his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL TV 10 against TUF Brazil finalist Daniel Sarafian. This is a whole now beginning for Mendez and his career.
With this debut comes training. “I have a job, and this si the first time I’ve taken off to train full time,” Mendez says. The 29 year old fighter has 5 key pieces of advice he’d give someone joining him in the Octagon.
1. Cardo is Key!
-His cardiovascular training is what gives Mendez his strong points, striking and wrestling. He prefers sparring for his cardio work out.
“If you never get tired of punching you can always defend yourself. I do the long runs and sprints, but sparring is the best. With running, you have the luxury of breathing; you don’t get that with sparring. You have to remember to breathe.”
2. Jab Jab Jab
– You always want to keep your opponents guessing. Jabs can help you do that, loading up for a knockout punch is temping for a beginner.
“If you snap someone in the face with a jab it’s hard for them to build momentum. Remember to keep your shoulder up when you’re throwing that jab; if you don’t, it can be countered with an overhand right.”
3. Utilize the Double End Bag
– “This is a tool lots of MMA fighters don’t use, but it can help you build cat-like reflexes without the trauma of sparring. Go at it for full five-minute rounds. Double and triple up on the jab, change the angle of it, throw your jab as a lead uppercut, and remember not to lose the rhythm of that ball.”
4. Learn the Underhook
– Get to know Greco Roman wrestling, with that mixed into boxing he believes are the key techniques to becoming a complete fighter. Tumbling drills will keep your arms close and help develop good defensive skills along with ingraining it into your brain.
5. Find Reliable Training Partners
– A good partner is one that will push you harder even when you think you’re done.
“When you trust your training partners, you get better. I’ve been in situations where I’ve been like, ‘Man, these guys are savages!’ It’s better when know you’re not going to get your head knocked off when you don’t have your wind.”