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Confident in new training regimen, UFC's Kyle Kingsbury eyes quick return

by Steven Marrocco on Mar 07, 2011 at 8:40 pm ET

The planets haven't aligned just yet for Kyle Kingsbury.

The light heavyweight has battled serious ailments during or before his three most recent fights, and he's looking forward to the day where there's only one opponent to face in the octagon.

After being stricken with a fever 24 hours before his most recent outing, a 21-second knockout victory of Ricardo Romero this past month at UFC 126, Kingsbury (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) said he's feeling fine and has asked the UFC for a short-notice fight, if possible.

"I'll be ready for it," he today told ( . "But if not, and they say [I'm] going to fight in four months, I'll be OK with that, too. Because I'm going to make good use of my time. I'm not going to be resting on my laurels.

"There's too much to do at the gym."

The cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 8" splits his time between Phoenix, where he works with UFC vets Ryan Bader, C.B. Dollaway and Aaron Simpson, and San Jose, Calif., where he trains for fights at American Kickboxing Academy.

Not long after he was outworked by Tom Lawlor in his first post-TUF performance, Kingsbury joined AKA to take a step up in training after joining the reality show with a little more than a year of professional experience under his belt.

Bouncing between the gyms has helped him evolve from his roots as a football player to a well-rounded mixed martial artist.

"With the variety of training partners I have right now, it keeps things fresh," Kingsbury said. "I don't spend much time out of the gym. You see a guy like Jon Fitch and Cain Velasquez, they have reputations of being in the gym all the time. I definitely feel the same about myself. But it makes it easier when you have a new look. I feel very fortunate, and I think it showed in my last fight."

Kingsbury now enjoys a three-fight win streak inside the octagon that includes wins over Razak Al-Hassan, Jared Hamman and Romero. The victories were all the more impressive considering he went into the Al-Hassan fight with a separated rib, had a stomach flu in the fight against Hamman and had the fever for Romero.

But Kingsbury also attributes his success to another relationship that he's cultivated since his appearance on "TUF 8," and it's not the first one you'd think of when it comes to world of MMA. Following his loss to Lawlor, he was introduced to Victor Conte, who went to prison in 2005 for his role in the BALCO scandal, and the two struck up a friendship.

"I had heard everything about Victor and BALCO, and I was a little hesitant," Kingsbury said. "But I sat down with him, and I thought we were going to talk for maybe 20 minutes. The first time we met each other, we talked for three hours. He opened up to me."

Kingsbury is now sponsored by Conte's new supplement company, Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC), and has adopted an altitude training regimen that he said has made a "big time" difference in his ability to stay fresh in later rounds.

Kingsbury was one of several athletes, including baseball player Marlon Byrd and boxer Nonito Donaire, that were featured in a profile of Conte for HBO's "Real Sports."

While some might raise an eyebrow at the affiliation, Kingsbury said it's not what people think.

"Believe me, nobody's supplements get tested further than Victor's do," he said. "I fully trust that he's doing everything on the up and up now. He knows where he's getting his products from manufacturer-wise, and everything that he's doing is on the up and up.

"All of us have been tested thoroughly. Everything has come back good. Not that we were worried about that, but it definitely answers some questions for people who are raising questions."

Currently, Kingsbury is working at Power MMA helping Aaron Simpson prepare for a March 26 fight against Mario Miranda.

There are not too many light heavyweight fights on the calendar in the next few months, so Kingsbury may have to wait before he returns to the octagon. But that's more time to improve his game.

Someday, he'll get a chance to fight at 100 percent.

"I feel like I'm learning a lot quickly, and it's starting to show in my fights," he said. "I still feel very fortunate to be in the UFC. I understood how I did on the show, and I'm just happy that they've given me the opportunity to fulfill my potential and grow as a fighter. I'm just going to accept whoever they throw at me."



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