Here are my Top Ten Reasons why people lose MMA fights:
1. Training with coaches who don’t understand the sport of MMA. The coach may be skilled in individual areas such as striking or BJJ but lack the ability & experience to prepare fighters properly for MMA.
2. Failing to fix the holes in your game & being too reliant on one skill set. An MMA fighter needs to be skilled in the areas of striking, takedowns & groundwork & be able to combine them. Focusing on only one area at the expense of other skills will leave holes in your game which will be easily exploited by opponents.
3. Jumping into professional level fights too soon without adequate amateur experience. Amateur fights are necessary to develop & build up your skills & experience. Its very important not to fight above your level too soon as a bad loss may be very demoralizing & affect your future training & performance in fights.
4. Failing to get experience in individual combat sports such as kickboxing & BJJ before fighting in MMA. Competing in other combat sports is a good safe way to gain valuable experience & develop your skills so that you are more well rounded & more of a threat when you fight in MMA.
5. Too much Sparring – Focusing exclusively on sparring rather than taking the time to develop your skills in each range. Making an effort to develop your BJJ, Wrestling or Muay Thai skills individually will give you more weapons to use in when you fight.
6. Avoiding MMA sparring – MMA sparring is necessary to simulate what will happen in the fight. Grappling & Kickboxing sparring will only get you so far. MMA sparring is necessary to bridge the gap between ranges & teach you how combine your skills.
7. Too much conditioning training at the expense of skill development training. It won’t matter how good your strength or cardio is if you are making basic mistakes which could lead to losing a fight & which could be corrected with proper technical training.
8. Neglecting your conditioning & hoping that you’ll be able to get by on skills alone. The fighter needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. This means being prepared to push the pace throughout the duration of the fight without being afraid of getting tired.
9. Not getting enough information about their opponent. Fighters need to find out as much information as possible about their upcoming opponent such as their strengths & weaknesses or how they have won or lost their previous fights. This information can give the fighter a huge advantage over the opponent.
10. Inadequate mental preparation – ignoring the nerves & pressure of the upcoming fight until its too late rather than mentally preparing for the fight so that you are ready to deal with the stress before the fight and calm & focused when the fight starts.