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What's the right amount of time between fights?

split decision2011-04-16 11:36:56 +0000 #1
Jacare is pi$$ed that he won't be back in the octagon until July. He wants to defend his Strikeforce middleweight belt sooner. The article below, from bloodyelbow.com, mentions that Cris Cyborg is also unhappy with how long she has been sidelined.

Considering that some state athletic commissions require fighters to sit out three to six months depending on the extent of damage they suffer from a fight, how many matches can a fighter reasonably expect to have in a year?

www.bloodyelbow.com/...-lack-of-matchmaking
krazo1012011-04-16 11:45:32 +0000 #2
I'd say if you fighting any less than 3 months after you're last fight your cheating yourself out of performing your best.
Tallica19812011-04-16 12:06:14 +0000 #3
depends on a few different things I think for the average fighter who likes to keep busy, 3 months between seems like the norm.

Other things to consider on an individual basis:

Fighter's age and stage of career

Damage taken in previous fight

What's at stake

Level of competition

Do you need a payday

Younger guys who need in cage experience should be able to fight every 8-10 weeks or less if they aren't banged up and are fighting at the lower ranks. Veterans in terms of age or wear and tear (Randy, Wand, Shogun) probably need 6 months to recover and then get another full camp.
LiveinTokyo2011-04-16 12:48:36 +0000 #4
Tallica's post x 2. Age and damage taken seem to be the 2 biggest factors. Also family duties etc play an important role - Rampage for example likes plenty of time off to spend with his family. Nothing wrong with that if you are an established fighter, but might raise a few eyebrows if you are an up and comer trying to do the same.

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