<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=457727" target="_blank"> Alvarez: I did 150 rounds for RDA fight </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=457727" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=184&q=75&x=19&y=0&w=700&h=372&ro=0&s=eddie-alvarez-11-03-2013-1-8-20-171.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Chute Boxe was once the greatest team in mixed martial arts. Once a week, they would spar without gloves. Most other nights they just sparred.</p>
They were giants.
Concerns about head trauma and the price of a relentless grind have lead to far kinder, gentler training routines becoming the norm in mixed martial arts.
However, during a recent appearance on Inside MMA, UFC lightweight Eddie Alvarez told Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo he believes that over training is a myth. Further, Alvarez said that he did a staggering 150 rounds for his fight with Rafael Dos Anjos, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 90 on July 7.
"We've done 150 sparring rounds, live sparring rounds for this fight," said Alvarez as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. "I couldn't have perfected this dance any more than what it's gonna be. We're just ready to go in there on Thursday and do it...I don't believe in over-training. I think someone made that up who didn't necessarily want to train that day so he came up with a line and said ‘over-train.' I don't believe it. I'm in the mind that the more you do something the better you get at it."
"I think he's overly aggressive. That works against guys who have the ability to be bullied and who won't fight back. I think that's the wrong approach to go about this fight with. If he does that and decides to go that route, I think he's gonna bring the dog out in me and this could end up being bad."
"I can't ever let no one peg me or tell me what I am. It's important to always be changing, always bringing a different game plan, always surprising your opponents. I'm sure RDA has a vision of how I'm gonna fight him as well, but he has no idea."
If Alvarez wins, he will become the first fighter to win both the Bellator and UFC titles. However, the fight is not necessarily a test of old school vs. new school approaches. The guy on the right in the Chute Boxe pic above is Rafael Cordeiro, who is now RDA's head coach. And while the gloves no longer come off once a week, you can count on Dos Anjos having gone through a ferocious grind, too.
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