NASCAR drivers try to hold their own with UFC fighters

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Back in March of this year, NASCAR drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ty Dillon did some training in Las Vegas alongside several UFC fighters to help them prepare for the Kobalt 400 race which was held on March 12, 2017, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As we can see in the video, they were in good hands and trained under the tutelage of former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, retired former light heavyweight champion and TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin, plus fan favorite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone too.

The just did some basic, beginner type stuff for the most part like hit pads and are clear beginners when it comes to martial arts training but the one driver, Ty Dillon, who worked with Cain, seemed to have a decent bit of power in his right hand for a beginner.

NASCAR drivers train with UFC fighters - see how they did
NASCAR drivers train with UFC fighters – see how they did

Now NASCAR and car racing in general, is obviously a hugely popular ‘sporting event’, especially in the South, but is it actually a ‘sport’?

The answer to that seems to be subjective for the most part and it probably differs depending on who you ask as well as what part of the country you come from.

Driving definitely involves dexterity of some sort and the speed at which the pit crew operates could perhaps be classified as athletic in some way but the drivers themselves don’t seem to have the same kind of athletic requirements that most sports call for.

Check out the video below to see how they did.

Forrest Griffin (born July 1, 1979) is an American retired mixed martial artist and a UFC Hall of Famer. Since 2005, he has been signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Griffin, a former Georgia police officer, first rose to prominence after winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. In the tournament finals, he fought and defeated Stephan Bonnar in Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, which is widely credited as sparking the current success of the UFC. He went on to serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 7 opposite Quinton Jackson. [Source: Wiki]

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