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Derek Brunson Plans On Changing His Pre-Fight Preparation
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.04.2014

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Derek Brunson said that he is changing the way he prepares for a fight after he had some difficulties with being dehydrated in his UFC Fight Night 35 battle with Yoel Romero, which he lost in the third round. Here are highlights:

On what he did wrong: "I didn't stick to my normal routine. Normally, I get an IV to rehydrate, which pretty much everybody does. But the lady doing my IV this time missed my vein three times right after weigh-ins. At that point, I was like, ‘I'm just going to forget it and rehydrate with water.'"

On consuming too mich liquid before the fight: "Before the fight, I was (urinating) every two minutes. I'd get more water, then I'd walk again, then I'd pee again, then I'd drink more water. It messed up my whole appetite and the way I do things. I ate breakfast at 11 that morning, and I fought at 8 p.m. and I didn't eat all day because my stomach was so full with water from trying to hydrate. That's pretty much the story of why I gassed all at once – I was so dehydrated."

On the reaction to his loss: "Everybody's been hitting me up, texting me, Facebook, Twitter, like, ‘Man, you were doing a great job in the fight. What happened? You just went bad all of the sudden. You gassed and got tired.' I haven't really explained to anyone, just my friends. I just want to clear up the errant cardio issue. I don't have a cardio issue. I don't smoke. I don't drink. There's no reason why I shouldn't have the best cardio in the UFC at 185. Not taking anything away from Yoel, because he's a great fighter and he did what he had to do."


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