One of many main story traces heading into subsequent weekend’s UFC 249 battle card in Jacksonville, FL is coaching. With the continued COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and self-quarantine measures (in addition to non-essential enterprise closures) have put a severe crimp within the potential for fighters to remain sharp. For the uncommon few with residence gyms, and/or these fighters who stay with different fighters, they can get by. However for a lot of others, creativity goes to rule their camps in the event that they need to compete any time quickly.
In that sense, Uriah Corridor could also be forward of the sport. The Fortis MMA fighter, competing out of Dallas, TX was all set to go for his April 18th bout in opposition to Jacare Souza, first in Brooklyn, NY, then in Lemoore, CA, earlier than authorities restrictions put a cease to these plans. However, as revealed in a current characteristic for ESPN, Corridor didn’t take the cancellation of his battle as an excuse to get out of the fitness center. Extra the precise reverse, actually.
He packed a suitcase and moved in to the Fortis MMA facility full time – residing alone there whereas he works with coach Sayif Saud – simply to make it possible for he’d be prepared when the UFC got here calling.
Thankfully for him, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than they did. He’s as soon as once more booked for the re-animated UFC 249 PPV occasion on Might ninth, with Jacare Souza as soon as once more his opponent.
“If I’m on deck,” Corridor informed ESPN, “there are alternatives I can take.”
Whereas Corridor insists that the preliminary UFC 249 cancellation didn’t change his mindset in any respect he additionally spoke to the outlet about his rising realization that he’ll need to retire from MMA eventually. One thing that might be a motivating issue fueling his determination to remain able to battle now, no matter difficulties.
On the flip facet, Jacare Souza’s battle camp doesn’t sound prefer it concerned something fairly so daring because the lengths his opponent has gone to. Talking to MMA Junkie, the previous Strikeforce champion informed the outlet that he’s been doing a number of coaching at residence. And that his spouse’s crossfit weights and exercises have been a giant a part of preserving in form.
“For me, it’s arduous, as a result of I’ve to make use of my spouse’s weights,” Souza stated. “She has a number of crossfit stuff, and I’ve to make use of this. It’s arduous. Once I skilled together with her, it made me sore! My spouse is so robust, and he or she helped me so much.”
Nonetheless, Souza insists that he had “an excellent coaching camp for this battle.” He may additionally profit from the truth that with the occasion going down in Florida, he’ll be capable to drive to UFC 249 three days earlier than his battle, somewhat than having to fly out. Below the circumstances, it might simply be that each little benefit comes up large.