Fighters testing the limits
AARON Dyett spent many years on a football field taking on the opposition forwards, but he says that since he made the switch to mixed martial arts (MMA) it's changed his attitude.
“It's very humbling,” Dyett said.
“The highs that you get in MMA are euphoric because when you win it's a result of so much hard work.”
And work he does.
Dyett and his clubmate at Coffs Coast Jiu Jutsu Luke Morris train twice a day, six times a week.
“It's called an extreme sport because there's extreme training, extreme dieting,” he said.
“That's why it's actually a sport and not just blood and gore.”
Morris and Dyett are headed to the Gold Coast this weekend to compete in a MMA event that will see them step into the cage to take on a fighter who is probably just as dedicated as they are.
Dyett said that knowing how much work he put in to prepare for a bout meant that he had automatic respect for any opponent he met, including his upcoming opponent, Brenton Mumford.
“One thing I've learned quickly is that you can never tell how good a fighter is just by looking at him,” he said.
“You can be the world's best trainer and that's good, but your opponent can still beat or outsmart you.
“It's no good training like Tarzan if you're going to fight like Jane.”
Morris admits that he enjoys the hard work aspect of the martial sport.
And he has the right attitude.
“I'm a fitness fanatic,” he admitted.
“I'll just train and train and train and train.”
The 21-year-old fighter has been involved in the sport for two-and-a-half years after initially being introduced to martial arts through muay thai – or kick boxing.
Now he's mixing the heavy training workload with his study in nutrition and herbal medicine.
Morris is meeting Jack Gooderham on Saturday night and the local pocket rocket knows he's in for a difficult time inside the cage.
“Gooderham has had six fights for no losses,” Morris said.
“It's going to be a tough fight because he's tall, fast, skilled and comes from a good camp.”
The next MMA event to be held in Coffs Harbour will be on October 28.