Music Fighters Train To

Jabs and Jams #12: Music Fighters Train To

MMA fighters are always going full bore with arduous training. Motivation can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis but music is a sure-fire means to conjure up those feelings. The fuel to push through those last few reps, that last 100 meters of your run, or that last sparring session of the day. These euphoric feelings can come from genres of all types and fighters sure train to some eclectic tunes. This is Jabs and Jams: Music Fighters Train To.

Music Fighters Train To

AJ Matthews (Bellator/ Strikeforce/ Rizin vet)

“A lot of the times it’s different depending on if you’re in love or if you’re not in love. Or where your motivation is coming from. Right now I like, you’re going to think this is funny, but I’ll start with like some Nate Dogg and go to Nina Simone. Nate, Nina, and Bill Withers. Those are my homies right now. The way that you can feel Nina sing and go crazy. And Bill Withers, they’re just nuts. You can feel it and that’s all I need…Those songs get my heart into the workout.”

Jesse Ronson (UFC/ TKO/ PFL vet)

“It all depends on what I’m doing. Like when I’m hitting pads, just for the beat. Like the high beat, I like techno and dubstep music. Which gets me moving, the beat’s always changing, it’s high paced. When we’re sparring, it’s either heavy metal, grunge, death metal. Some seriously gangster rap stuff. Normally what I listen to, like right now if I had the music on, it would be a country music station. Because I like country music but at the gym, I don’t listen to country music. It’s either gangster rap or like hardcore heavy metal. I just put on a country station. It just helps me relax…That’s my kickback relax music. I’ve got an hour and a half of driving. That’s what I do. Put on that country music, just kick back, and relax.”

Music Fighters Train To. Transcriptions courtesy of Bowks Talking Bouts.

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Dylan Bowker
I've been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I've hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I've been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I've provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I've worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.