This is what a pro fighters pre-fight camp looks like. Its sustainable only for a month or two, when controled by professional trainers.
As i said - its important do you control your fighting training or do you just attend classes? If by practice you mean padwork or shadowboxing with a trainer for 40mins then its doable. If its a class then not in my experience.
I used to go to the gym every day and also have at least 2, sometimes even 3 training sessions a day, but… i was in a fluff and pump mode in a gym, i was lean as a bodybuilder before a contest and i couldnt gain much size, and i also was and still am very weak for what i look like.
As soon as i started to train like a powerlifter i noticed that i cant do much anymore if i want to be able to lift and progress. Nowdays i have gym EOD, and on the days between i either do cardio/conditioning OR i meet up with my partner and we spar and do sparring exercises. But still, there are need for complete rest days. I can do this EOD thing maybe 10 days in a row and then i start getting cranky, unmotivated and thats what my CNS burnout looks like.
this could be doable then… you just have to try it, but also keep in mind that training every day is not too good because you will lose focus and a problem with fighting is that when you lose focus you get hurt… its not like gym when if you are burnt out you just fail your bench at worst… in this case, if you have always been ok but one day you are a bit off you might get a knee in your face because your partner tought you see it, but you are too worn out to actually SEE it.
You have to really FEEL your mental focus when doing so much training because those injuries can put you out for 2-3 months and you’d be better off just by skipping 1 session, than losing 2 months because of a broken nose.
Gain weight, then start MMA. You wont gain anything if you train MMA a lot. Better option is to get private lessons on technique so you dont have to waste too much energy and calories, OR just attend class once a week.
Improving your strenght and gaining weight while doing serious training if martial arts is nearly impossible even on boatloads of drugs. There are few genetic freaks that do that, but even they train private, not attend martial arts classes.
The problem is not fighting as such. The problem is the CLASS that mostly are for people who dont train anything else, so the class is 30-50% only cardio, HIIT, bodyweight training etc.
Pro fighters do strenght training and then they do padwork. They can do light sparring because they are professionals - in class sometimes you CANT do light because your partner is a moron and he targets you with bricks so you move to save your life. There are too many variables in average martial art class, that it becomes very hard to bodybuild or strenghttrain.
Also keep in mind the wear and tear. For the first time its no biggie, but take me for example - if i do 3mins HARD on pads, i feel my elbows for a week and that gets in a way of any push and pull movements.
Getting a few good low kicks to the leg, gets in a way of ANY leg exercise.
Doing a good few rounds of BJJ gets you stiff and sore in places you didnt even know you had places. BJJ has this thing of hurting you in weirdes places.
Especially after 28…30. In order to focus on strenght i had to cut down my gym volume by 75% and my fighting skills are on maintenance or even degraded a bit. Steroids dont help at all in my experience. I have taken all i can as it comes to drugs and supps - nothing helps.
But as i said - its important if you can plan your own training or you attend class. If you could just skip the “warmup” that lasts 45mins and has 1000 burpees in it, it would be much more doable.