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If You Aren’t Reading This Xtreme Couture Training Diary, You Oughta Be

You might remember that a while back we pointed you to Fight Magazine’s “Full-Time Fighter” contest, in which they were giving one lucky MMA hopeful a free trip to Las Vegas to train with Shawn Tompkins and Xtreme Couture for a week.  We voted for Drew Dober, who is 6-0 in his young career.  Somebody must have agreed with us because he was voted the winner,  though after voicing our mostly uninformed opinion we pretty much forgot about the whole thing and went back to LOL-ing at all the ‘tarded things Tito Ortiz says.  You know, business as usual.

But now Drew is actually in Vegas training with Xtreme Couture and chronicling his experiences.  There’s something weirdly fascinating about it.  I would say it’s because it makes you realize what it would be like for a regular guy to live and train with pro fighters, only this kid is undefeated as a pro and once knocked a dude out in sixteen seconds at a Strikeforce event, so he’s not exactly just some punk they yanked out of a dorm room recliner somewhere.

Mainly it’s interesting because there’s a disconnect between the experience this guy seems to be having, and his interpretation of it.  When he describes getting his ass kicked by serious pros twice a day, every day, he seems to think it’s loads of fun.  For example:

4 p.m. – I put the hand wraps on and I start jogging around the mat with the team. We start off with some crunches and more jogging. After we are all warmed up we put the big gloves on and we start drilling techniques. I was partnered with Mark Hominick, which is incredibly cool inside the house but as soon as he gets in the gym his entire demeanor changed. He was so intense and serious it was incredibly intimidating. So Mark and I worked defending a lead hook and an overhand. Second round we worked angling off of straight combinations. Last round we worked our shot off of combinations. I was tired after all that drilling but Mark kept his same pace, which I tried to keep up.

5 p.m. – We put our shin pads on and headgear (which I would like to thank FIGHT! Magazine for the sweet gear) and started out heavy sparring. I was first partnered with Mark Hominick, which for anyone who fights this guy I feel sorry for. His pace and intensity is matched by none, which is incredibly intimidating when he is combo’ing up on you, haha. Then I sparred Mike Pyle, who just beat the ever living crap out of me. He did not let me do anything. Jab, cross, knee, takedown, and vicious ground and pound. He was beating me up, haha. Next was this guy I don’t know who he was, I did well against him, it went pretty back and forth but I felt comfortable. Then it was Sam Stout and I, his striking is amazing and he kept peppering me. Last was Tyson Griffin, who kept ripping me with body shot and strong body kicks. My height was an advantage but he was stil tagging the crap out of me. I tried to take him down but we all know how that’s ending, lol. Extremely tough day! I am so sore!

See, in a span of a couple of hours this kid got beaten up by Mark Hominick, Sam Stout, Mike Pyle, and Tyson Griffin.  And then, instead of staying in bed with ice strapped to every part of his body for the next two weeks, he woke up the next morning and did it again. 

8 a.m. – Its getting harder to wake up, haha. So incredibly sore. But ate some breakfast and am getting ready to go.

9 a.m. – Arrive at the gym and put my brand new equipment on (thanks FIGHT! and MMA Warehouse) and started shadow boxing to warm up.

9:15 a.m. – Shawn, Kaplan, and I start sparring. Kaplan was just tearing my legs apart. After every combo whether it being mine or his, he would rip me with a leg kick. Then Shawn would just hit beautiful combos and body shots. Towards the end Shawn dropped me with multiple body shots, lol. It doesn’t tickle when Shawn’s toe goes into your liver.

And this is what’s happening to a young, unbeaten fighter.  Imagine what would happen to you or, God forbid, me.  Yet he seems to be loving it.  Which is why he’s a pro fighter, and why he was the right choice for this little contest.  Makes you think he might be worth keeping an eye on in the future.

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phaderlanx- August 25, 2009 at 11:44 am
do they do any work in the Gi there Drew? Sounds like lots of sparring and drilling so far... this is andrew kapel btw, guy from MN Martial arts/TBA ... good luck man, they couldnt of picked a better canidate. congrats.
DrewDober- August 22, 2009 at 11:30 am
I appreciate the support guys. Its pretty tough training out here, but it has gave me confidence that I can make it in this sport.
TellaTruth- August 22, 2009 at 9:43 am
that was great! Fantastic attitude. Kid's got heart. as a couch potato turned trainee, gettin my @ss handed to me once a day is enough! i understand his enthusiasm for it, but i'm not about to clown and say i'd like it too! no freakin way!!!
Cock Chestner- August 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm
ha ha.
MMAComments- August 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm
I watched Kevin Randelman train yesterday and after watching him in the Muay Thai class....damn! Pro fighters take their training serious and this story is every day at the gym for people who train.

I hope this kid gets his shot.

NateGetsIrate- August 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm
Reading stuff like this makes me realize why gangbangers need guns. There aren't too many people who would brag about recieving beating after beating.
KidDinomite- August 21, 2009 at 3:39 pm
Sounds like he could be a good Mickey Mouse impersonator if his MMA career doesn't work out:

I got up this morning, ha ha, then I went to the gym, ha ha. When I got there, we did crunches, ha ha, then I got in the ring and sparred with Tyson Griffin, ha ha, he really kicked my ass, ha ha. It's getting harder to wake up in the morning, ha ha.
imakeutap- August 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm
first bitches!!!
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