How To Eat Like A Professional MMA Fighter

Updated: Jul 7, 2019

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If you want to get in shape then training like a professional MMA fighter is a good way to achieve exactly that. But there’s a lot more to being a professional athlete than just training regularly. In truth, it’s an entire lifestyle commitment.

Your diet is arguably the most important aspect of that lifestyle commitment. Without adequate fuel, you just won’t have the energy to train at 100%. And even when you do train, your body won’t feel the full benefits if you have an unhealthy diet.

In this post, we go over what the typical diet for an MMA fighter might look like.

Note: When "cutting weight," (when a fighter aims to temporarily shed the pounds in order to make fight weight) a fighter's diet changes significantly. Below is an example of when a fighter is not cutting weight.


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Get your body ready for the day ahead with a nutritious breakfast

While it’s claim to be the “most important meal of the day,” has been under attack in recent years, there’s no doubt that breakfasts are key to a healthy diet. A nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the day and helps with weight and hunger control.

For MMA fighters, eating breakfast is about more than just preventing hunger, it’s about fuelling your body for the tough day of training ahead. An MMA fighter will aim to consume 500-700 calories at breakfast.

Carbohydrates should be the main aim at breakfast time; so wholegrain toast, low-sugar cereals, and porridge are all good choices. Pair with a piece of fruit and a glass of milk for a proper athlete’s breakfast.