^^^^ so true, people think that just because boxing mma etc are primaraly anaerobic that one does not need or would not benfit from a good base of aerobic conditioning.
I can talk from experience, Myfirst ever fight i followed the traditional route of endless running, and gain my anaerobic conditioning through drills at practice pads heavy bag etc and my conditioning held up well through the fight.
I fought again last sunday after doing no distance running but instead focusing completly on high intensity work, tabatas, punch out drills, sprints etc. I gassed within about a minute, luckily i still pulled out the win but it served aS a valuable lesson, do not neglect any aspect of training.
A well developed aerobic system will afford you quicker recovery increased cappiliary density within the muscles primarily used for your aerobic work, and also remember its not cut and dry as "this is anaerobic" or "this is aerobic" all energy sytems work simultaneously.
sorry for the rant, first post as well. Its just that i was disussing this matter earlier today so was on the mind already. Although i love sports science and strength and conditioning , finding what works best is not always in a book or journal, it comes from experimenting an finding out what works in reality.
I apologise again i thnk it may be the ephedra i just popped making me natter on.