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Leon Edwards and his training to become UFC champion

"At the beginning of the concentration I lift heavy weights, but in the end he opted for lighter weights so that my muscle fibers and reaction time

Leon Edwards and his training to become UFC champion


“At the beginning of the concentration I lift heavy weights, but in the end he opted for lighter weights so that my muscle fibers and reaction times are activated.”

roots are important

“Most of the ufc fighters They train in the United States, but I have done it and I have not enjoyed it. I like to be close to my family, my friends and socialize, in America you are constantly moving between the and the hotel room, so when you get to the end of a camp your brain is fried. Now training in the UK is as good as anywhere else.”

“However, I don’t have a head coach. I have a wrestling coach, a kickboxing coach, a jujitsu coach… For me, five minds are better than one. If you have one coach, they can teach all the fighters the same thing, this way everyone can brainstorm and come up with a specific game plan for their opponent.”

parenting

“Outside of fights I’m a normal 30-year-old guy. I like to party, go out for steaks and I like to spend time with my family and my son. He loves shooting games and racing games, so we’re going to go video games and hang out there or we’re going to sit at home and play Fortnite with him on his PS5.”

“As a father, Paddy’s speech [Pimblett] after the fight on the mental health it was incredibly important, because men also suffer from it. Especially wrestlers who were told to ‘suck it up’ and ‘be men’ in his day. I have to teach my son that it’s okay to talk about how you feel, either with me or with his mother”.

Article originally published in GQ UK.