UFC fighters Schaub and Hendricks training ballet

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Back in the day, bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger was known to practice ballet in order to improve his posing in bodybuilding competition. Is it possible for ballet to have some benefit for mixed martial arts fighters though?

In this funny clip from clothing company Ecko Unlimited (who sponsored both fighters in this clip back when they were allowed to have their own apparel sponsors), we see UFC fighters Johnny Hendricks and Brendan Schaub, who used to fight in the UFC, see if training ballet has any benefit to MMA fighters.

Though the clip is more tongue in cheek humor than anything, perhaps training ballet would provide some benefit to a fighter’s balance and perhaps even flexibility as well which is an important factor when it comes to grappling as well as kicking techniques.

Though both fighters were never known to be big kickers and relied much more on boxing techniques in their fights, being flexible is still always beneficial to athletes of all kind.

Brendan Schaub, who fought at heavyweight, no longer fights in the UFC and has since turned his sights on the entertainment world as well as his very successful podcast ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ alongside comedian Bryan Callen.

Johnny Hendricks, the former UFC welterweight champion, is currently on a three fight losing streak and is looking to turn his luck around against Hector Lombard on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 on the UFC Halifax card.

Johny Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) welterweight division and is the former UFC Welterweight Champion. He is known for his very powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background. He is also known for having difficulty making the welterweight weight limit. He is currently ranked as the #6 contender in the official UFC welterweight rankings and the #11 welterweight in the world by Sherdog. [Source: Wiki]

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