Tags: MMA, Fighting, Training, Nick Diaz, UFC
Triathlon is part of training for fighter
By Mark GodiNick Diaz had a different reason for competing in the Live Well, Be Well Triathlon in Copperopolis on Sunday than most.
Diaz, 22, from Stockton, is known in the mixed martial arts world as one of the sport’s top up-and-coming welterweight fighters. This weekend, he continued his unorthodox training regimen by competing in the 600-yard swim, 18-mile bike, and 3.1 mile run at Lake Tulloch Resort.
A Tokay High graduate, Diaz first burst onto the competitive scene at age 17, when he upset Ultimate Fighting Championship legend and Cage Rage International Champion Chris Lytle. Now with a 12-6 record as a professional, Diaz has looked to the venture of triathlon for about the last year as a means of fight preparation.
“I don’t train like the normal fighter trains,” said Diaz, who has trained with Calaveras-raised fighter Jake Shields. “Not a lot of fighters are into endurance workouts like me. They lift weights and try to get strong, or will do a lot of sprints.”
Focusing on his stamina, Diaz likes the idea that his training is healthier than some of the regimens that his fellow martial artists employ. “By the time I’m 40, I’m going to be in a lot better shape than some of these other guys,” Diaz said. “A lot of guys finish fights and are all broken down afterwards. This (triathlons) has really helped me avoid that.”
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