Did Denver's altitude affect UFC 135 fighters?

source: mmajunkie.com
 

Doc – Please help settle an ongoing debate. Did the altitude in Denver have a negative effect on the fighters? And were heavyweight fighters at more of disadvantage than the lighter-weight guys?   

I don't know if I can settle anything, but I'll certainly add my two cents.

The basic question is: Does significant altitude affect athletic performance?

Remember that the human body is an engine. It needs three basic things to run: oxygen, water and fuel/food, in that order. The bigger the engine, the greater the potential consumption of all three components. Therefore, heavyweight fighters are at a greater disadvantage than the lighter-weight athletes. The big boys need a tremendous amount of oxygen to fire up the engine and move that load. As we all saw at UFC 135 in Denver, obviously oxygen was in short supply.

Let's put it all together.

The altitude in Denver provided less available oxygen in the blood. Heavyweight fighters are doing more work because they have a greater load to carry. The body compensates by increasing heart rate and breathing, which causes the fighter to burn through his "tank" faster and gas.

I won't even begin to bore you with why weight-cutting makes this altitude problem far worse.

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Immaculata site profile image  

9/27/11 10:20 AM by Immaculata

Absolutely effects performance.

HELWIG site profile image  

9/27/11 10:05 AM by HELWIG

" Forgive me as ive never been in this situation, but isint this considered the "Big Show" where these fighters are paying trainers and nutritionists all kinds of money to prepare these fine tuned machines to adapt and overcome any situation at hand. Whose coming up with these excuses?" most of them make shit money. some actually lose money to train and take a fight.

crowbar site profile image  

9/27/11 10:01 AM by crowbar

 Varies from state to state.

Nameless1 site profile image  

9/27/11 9:44 AM by Nameless1

Is it illegal to administer oxygen in between rounds ?

stonepony site profile image  

9/27/11 7:09 AM by stonepony

I don't know... How could having less oxygen available effect people engaging in strenuous athletic competition?

Da Ghost site profile image  

9/27/11 5:49 AM by Da Ghost

This

ChiTown Philly site profile image  

9/27/11 5:38 AM by ChiTown Philly

Forgive me as ive never been in this situation, but isint this considered the "Big Show" where these fighters are paying trainers and nutritionists all kinds of money to prepare these fine tuned machines to adapt and overcome any situation at hand. Whose coming up with these excuses? This aint rumble in the jungle shit this is the top tier NFL of MMA! Wtf did i just write here and who the fu*k really cares have a great day

rowil site profile image  

9/27/11 4:20 AM by rowil

Is American Football an endurance sport? (it's an honest question, I've never played it)But even if endurance factors into a team's performance, I would guess with the frequent substitutions and switches from offense to defense there's enough to time to rest for each individual player to minimise that problem. On the other hand there's no place to hide or rest in the octagon.

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9/27/11 1:40 AM by radiobaby

I honestly hate it when they go there. The majority of the fights are always bad there because of the altitude. The few guys that do train at altitude pull it off, but its rare anyone who doesn't has a great performance- especially in the higher weighclasses. Why Joe Silva put all those heavyweights and guys that clearly dont have the resources to go train at altitude on a card i'm paying for there is just baffling to me. Should pick lighter guys and guys that come from camps that have elevations like that- just as an insurance agasint shitty fights.

Nameless1 site profile image  

9/27/11 1:17 AM by Nameless1

Look at Tim Boetsch when he fought Hammil in Denver . He was zapped.The UFC should boycott Denver.