yes, I'm concerned with speed, but strength, not so much. I'm a point fighter - there isn't much use for strength here. Sure, you can increase speed by training absolute strength, but I still haven't gotten all I can out of speed and skill training. In a later phase in my training, as I plateau, I will integrate maximal strength training.
As a relative newbie, even those gains would add strength - not just muscle for looks. As Eric Cressey said in his "Cool Tip", newbies should at first train with reps of 8-15, and they'll see both muscle AND strength gains.
Sure, plenty of MMA guys, and others in similar events will train strength, because they rely on it heavily. But point fighters really don't have as high a requirement for such strength as MMA guys do. A lot of the best point fighters do train with weights, but the weight is in the 50-60% range, and is done explosively.
I referred to Staley in the first place, to get his advice, but no luck. That's why I started this thread. I asked him on his Prime Time thread, and I sent him a PM, and still no replies.
My question however, was whether I should keep the heavy core sets if my goal was ONLY fat loss. The question wasn't whether absolute strength is useful for even point fighters. I'm sure it is, there is no doubt about it, but that isn't my goal.