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How to prepare for an MMA Tournament: Jitendra Khare gives some insights

LockerRoom Team
26 April 2020

MMA is a complex sport, period. To an outsider, it might look like two people simply throwing kicks and punches at each other. However, anyone who knows the sport would know that there is much more to it.

One such factor is the game plan and preparation that goes into each fight. The preparation that happens for a single fight and a preparation that happens for a tournament is completely different.

Team Relentless Head Coach Jitendra Khare, in his latest Instagram post, has noted down some insights on two Major points that an MMA fighter should keep in mind while preparing for a tournament.

He explained the same referring to the TKO win of Manthan Rane from Yoddha Fighting Championship. Below are the insights that he shared. You can see the original post by clicking here.

Two Things to keep in mind while preparing for a tournament.

  • In an amateur tournament, it is always safe to assume that the opponent is getting better and have to train to be the best you can be on that day
  • In a tournament style of fights, not necessarily the most skilled guy wins. The person that has taken the least damage going into the final always has an upper hand. Hence the goal is to win the fight with minimum damage and as fast as possible.

The Game plan that went behind Manthan Rane’s TKO Win

  • It was clear during face-off that Manthan’s opponent was shorter and from his past fight we also knew he preferred throwing big shots instead of putting together combinations. So the possibility of power shots landing always exist
  • Manthan is always confident in any range but had the definite reach advantage along with speed and precision.
  • Now the way cornering always worked for Team Relentless between Coach Kilstein and myself was that while standing up and gauging opportunity to close distance for a takedown, Coach Kilstein called it. Once the fight hit the ground I took over. This made sure there was always one voice giving out clear and precise instructions instead of creating noise and chaos.
  • One minute into the fight and after a couple of quick exchanges, Coach Kilstein called it. Every time Manthan threw a combo and stepped back his opponent dropped his hand. Coach Kilstein asked Manthan to step back after the combo and then step in with the Jab-Cross and the rest, as they say, is history.

What do you think of the small details that went into the game plan? Let us know in the comment section of the post.


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