I think you’re nuts. If anything, ditch the conditioning, you can get it in practice if you train for it (think of the rule of specificity, you want to be in shape to fight, fight).
From my discussion with other guys that train all disciplines that gather in that that is MMA, wrestling is way more demanding in terms of s&c as opposed to ju jitsu, i.e a wrestling practice is way more tiring than ju jitsu and other such disciplines, except maybe boxing. In my experience in wrestling, the guys that lift win, the guys that don’t, lose.
I realize there are odd exceptions to the rule, but strong is strong, explosive and powerful is explosive and powerful, and although training your discipline is A#1, if the guy you’re fighting is much stronger than you or vice versa, the weaker is fucked 95% of the time.
As someone once said (I have a recollection its Lonnie Lowery for some reason), maximal strength is the only “quality” of fitness that improves every other hierarchy on the chain of fitness qualities (aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance, strength endurance, etc.)
Also, perhaps more importantly, I’ve found that the guys that getregularly injured are the guys that don’t lift or don’t lift properly. If there is one reason I am motivated to lift, it is that. The way you strengthen your shoulder, elbow, knee ligaments and joints from lifting heavy ass free weights is indispensable to a MMA style training regime.
I’m not saying you’ll never get injured, shit happens, but I believew Mike Boyle had that as one of his bragging rights as a strength coach. I think the Waterbury Hammer Down approach is really good; you can make enough progress in your strength training 2x a week fullbody.
You’re not going to turn into Jay Cutler or Dave Tate, but youll definitely support your MMA training, and help keep yourself injury free.
A huge thing is you probably haven’t built up the work capacity to train like a mofo. I know I was dying the first month I really trained wrestling, but I got used to it and was able to work back in the extra curriculars.
When you’re doing strenuous sport training, especially contact, heavily strength involved sport, you have to get used to not always having the best workouts or hitting PRs all the time. Frankly, I don’t think all this leads to overtraining and sometimes you just gotta suck it up, but I’d love to hear others thoughts, especially those with experience on the matter.
But I think dropping the weights altogether is a HUGE mistake