Yeah, I don't watch the ultimate fighter and I do swing a maul or sledge-hammer every-day. I aspire to build up to a 12hour day on a 16pound sledge for reasons un-related to the ultimate fighter.
Besides that you won't hear any real debate from me that skill and technique are probably the most important aspect of any fighter's game. But on the same train of thought the best skill in the world won't get you anywhere if your cardio, strength, anaerobic capacity/endurance and etc are sub-par. At the very least fighting an opponent who is more conditioned in every-way, it's going to be a war whether your way more skilled or not. What should be easy fights, aren't.
Look for a sparring partner some-time find someone who splits wood or uses a sledge hammer for hours and hours every-day, ones that seriously train their sprinting and etc. You'll find out that even their clumsy punches probably feel like hammer blows, and when they cover up they can take a hell of a lot of punches, and then proceed to bomb you (clumsy or not) repeatedly.
Very few people here will ever achieve the level of skill that Gene Tunney did but still wanted "the solitude and the strenuous labors of the woods to help condition himself for the career that appeared before him."
it conditions you for that type of thing. That's all i'm saying.
have any of you shit-talkers been hit by anyone who works a sledge hammer every-day for hours, or a serious lumberjack that works the heavy-bag? one that was 200pounds? It felt like a tap? even the most unskilled person in the world is hitting harder than what is comfortable for anyone to absorb at that level of physical conditioning.
Which is why you can see strong-men who have no training at all drop their fist like a hammer and bring about something like 1300pounds of force, the kind of weight a strike a serious heavy-weight brings about. No, I am no strongman, but my point is that strong people, lacking any technique can still DROP the HAMMER.
but I never said skill wasn't the most important or next important thing. I am largely in agreement about that. I am just of the belief that if you are a fighter, training to be a fighter, or whatever it's a good idea to be as conditioned, as fit, as you humanly can be. A strength program is part of that, I've maintained that sentiment and have been called a "troll" for it.
A lot of people working full time jobs, doing boxing training a couple hours a week, barely doing any road-work, 3hours of strength training a week (if that) no, you aren't going to win a fight against someone who trains 7 days a week, who trains every-day until the breaking point, who has x2 or x3 your conditioning. That's also, realistic.