After a grueling training camp, you see your favorite fighter dominate in the ring or cage night in, night out. They’ve constantly managed to demolish the opposition, leaving them looking like an unstoppable force of a human. 

It makes you wonder how these modern-day gladiators prepare for an elite-level prizefight. How does an individual even begin to develop both the physical and mental fortitude for such a high-stakes contest that can end in humiliation or jubilation? 

Dear reader, we’re here to take you through the inner workings of a fighter’s training camp. I have gone through the rigorous process for amateur mixed martial arts fights, but these are the usual steps in all levels of competition.