White: MMA gyms need 'a more professional' approach

source: mmafighting.com

"Georges St-Pierre told me a story where, he showed up to camp one time," White said. "They were going to have them spar with Shane Carwin. Georges said, ‘Why the f--- would I spar with Shane Carwin? How does that help me?' What does that do for me, for my career?' When you hear stupid s--- like that its like, no wonder why guys are getting hurt left and right."

The way White sees it, mixed martial arts camps were once run the way major boxing gyms approached big fights, and it wouldn't hurt if the sport went back in that direction.

"Back 10 years ago, Chuck Liddell was at his camp, he was the top dog, Tito [Ortiz] was down at his camp, [Randy] Couture at his," White said. "[Matt] Hughes had probably the most guys, you look at [Pat] Miletich's crew, they had the most killers, the top gym. Nowadays these gym are packed. Look how boxing does it. If Floyd Mayweather is training for a fight, they build a camp around Floyd. Guys come in and you have sparring partners and all this stuff. [In MMA] they have 10 guys where they're all training for a fight. It's so hard, its different now. They need to start building these camps around one guy.

"We had a situation, and I'm not singling out Greg Jackson here, I can't remember if it was Rashad [Evans] who rolled over onto Diego Sanchez's knee, or the other. They were training right next to each other. There needs to be a more professional approach to training camps than there is right now."

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HenryO site profile image  

12/22/12 6:55 PM by HenryO

Boxing isnt struggling. Your opinion is wrong and uneducated

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12/22/12 10:38 AM by Duke Roufus

A lot people are making this about money. It helps but training smart, desire, passion, work ethic & Champions Mindset make you successful in MMA5 years ago Inside MMA came to our gym for Alan Belcher's fight with Kalib Starnes. They interviewed me about our team, I said that we were going to be one of the top gyms in MMA. Bas laughed it off like we are crazy.Some fighters have money, sponsor backing,coaches & great training spots. Why are they losing???Stay hungry my UG friends at the end of the day its a fight!

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12/22/12 5:28 AM by KingOfFighters

Wow what insightful relevent information, this is the first time it's been posted on an mma site, bravo sir.

patches site profile image  

12/22/12 12:02 AM by patches

mma guys get hurt because they have to train more areas of fighting then just punching to the face and body

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12/21/12 11:40 PM by Jons Forsberg

deal with it faggots.

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12/21/12 11:00 PM by PrestigeWorldwide

I think one reason why boxing is struggling is because they pay guaranteed money whereas the UFC pays a lot of its fighters PPV shares. It seems hard to be profitable when you guarantee a boxer $10 million but only sell 200k PPV's. But giving them a PPV share, it's hard not to be profitable. That's just my opinion.

HenryO site profile image  

12/21/12 10:31 PM by HenryO

Count up how many current MMA fighters are making 500k plus a fight, what is there 4 or 5?I'd say you could easily count up 20 boxers making that, hell guys far from your mainstream view like Rios and Froch are making that. Fuck David Haye isnt a top 5 heavy in boxing and he made 3.5 mill to fight Chisora

HenryO site profile image  

12/21/12 10:26 PM by HenryO

Then GSP yeah, but he Anderson, Fedor, Lesnar and couple others are probably far above rest of MMA guys.Guys like Aldo and Cruz who are dominant champs arent making anywhere near what champs in boxing are at. You have guys like Bute in boxing who are far from superstars selling out arenas consistently making far more then what a comparable ranking wise fighter like Ryan Bader would see.There is far more divisions, promotions and belts in boxing because there is far more top level fighters and big shows around the world.As far as what guys outside of the top ten are making, I really dont know but think you are probably right. A guy like Leben is able to get consistent paydays by just being a brawler pretty much

canuck34 site profile image  

12/21/12 9:34 AM by canuck34

No, they really don't. There probably less boxers out there than you can count on your fingers that make more than a guy like GSP. And the playing field is far more favorable to up and comers/journeymen in MMA than in boxing. A guy like Chris Leben probably makes 50 to 100k per fight in the UFC. If he were a boxer he'd be lucky to make $5k. Boxing is top heavy. The top ten guys like the Klitschkos, Mayweathers etc...do make huge coin, but below that they are working 2 jobs.

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12/21/12 9:13 AM by Lobo8

yep. It wont be long before the mid level boxers start to move over to mma for the better pay day, better sponsorship and better recognition. Thats one of the many good things about mma, ufc doesnt just sell you title fights, they give attention to the whole card. And with that mid level guys get some more monetary love.Boxing on the other hand just focuses only on the headliner and sometimes the co main. The mid level guys are ignored.