The Doctors: Uriah Faber Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and Uriah Faber is one of the elite fighters, ranked number three in the world.
Faber explained to The Doctorsthat MMA is a mixture of anything in the fighting world, from wrestling to boxing to kick boxing to any other style of fighting. There are also rules of of course, but not many. Some of them include no eye gouging, no biting and no attacking the spine.
The Drs: Uriah Faber MMA Lifestyle
The Doctors pointed out the potential for injury is very high in MMA, which means every one of the athletes needs to be in their top physical condition at all times. Faber agreed. He said he doesn’t exactly train anymore. MMA is a lifestyle to him now. Everything he does revolves around MMA and making his body physically stronger and his mind mentally stronger is something he strives for every day.
But the hardest part isn’t the training. Faber said the hardest part about being an MMA fighter is making weight. Faber fights in the 135 pound weight class but said he walks around at a solid 158 pounds.
The Doctors: Uriah Faber Rehydration Process
When Faber needs to cut weight he needs to lose a lot of water weight in his body. When the fight is over he needs to rehydrate his body. He asked The Doctors what the safest time frame is for rehydrating his body.
The Doctors said he should do it over a 24 to 48 hour period. When someone starts chugging water after dehydrating themselves they are going to dilute the other elements, especially sodium, in their bodies. The body needs to have a certain amount of nutrients and saturating the body with water is going to dilute the nutrients which are trying to save a dehydrated body. They also said it isn’t just about water. They suggested drinking other drinks that will replenish electrolytes and other nutrients in the body.
The Drs: Shin Strengthening Technique With Uriah Faber
To be an MMA fighter Faber has to have some of the strongest shins in the world and to get them to where he wants them to be, he has to injure them first. Faber demonstrated how he kicked a heavy bag over and over again with his shin to help strengthen it. You can check it out in the video below. He almost kicks the heavy bag right off the ceiling, literally.
The Doctors explained that as Faber kicked the bag with shins, he was actually causing micro fractures in his shin. But that is what he wanted to happen. Every time he causes a micro fracture, the shin will be become stronger. The shin bones will grow more callused, the muscles will grow stronger and the skin around the shin will grow thicker.
And if you were wondering if some things that used to hurt Faber still hurt, he said he has slowly been able to get used to the pain he puts himself through.