Hackleman on Casey and Drysdale: "What goes on in their head?"


Coach John Hackleman recently gave a couple of interviews on his thoughts about current MMA training and on recent steroid busts in the UFC.

John Hackleman has a lot to say about MMA. Recently he started his own MMA webcast series, called "The Pit Online Dojo." In his latest episode he talked a lot about recent UFC news and updates, and also had a bit to say about two less notable drug test failures in the UFC. Namely, those of Robert Drysdale and Kevin Casey, who failed their post fight tests after getting first round victories in their first fights on their current UFC contracts. For Drysdale it was his second failure while under the Zuffa banner. Here's what Hackleman had to say:

Now, what's up Kevin Casey and Robert Drysdale? I mean, working so hard to get up into the UFC. And both of them just won, I mean, convincingly. First round stoppages, both of them. And now they both test positive for steroids? What? They're both testing positive for steroids. I think Drysdale was testosterone and Casey was an anabolic steroid. Do they not have a coach, or like, anyone giving them any kind of directions, saying "Don't do this"? They're gonna find out. I mean, what do they think? What goes on in their head? Why would they do that? Give up their chance at being a UFC champion by testing positive. It's crazy.

In other Hackleman related news, the head coach at one of MMA's longest standing major gyms, The Pit, spoke to mixedmartialarts.com about his changing training philosophy. Namely, his move from a more "old-school" sparring heavy mentality, to a more drilling focused regimen.

"Drilling is something that I slowly got more into. I was more spar, spar spar, because that's the way I came out. I came out old school...Getting hit all the time like that for all those years, and the fact that you get broken down so much, I'm so luck I can't even begin to tell you," says Hackleman.
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"You don't have to spar all the time. You can drill and practice moves and then spar a few times just before a fight to work out some kinks, and you're just as good. I think drill, drill, drill is the wave of the future," says Hackleman.

It's an interesting move from a classic gym, and good to see in a sport that often still appears to place a high value on just getting on the mats with other tough dudes and knocking each other around. In a year that has seen many of the UFC's most marketable fighters and champions sidelined by long term injury it's good to hear more coaches talk about working on ways to keep fighters healthier while getting them in fight shape.

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