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Cushing embraces MMA training

x2_cbbb77.jpgThe throng of NFL players who spend their offseason training in Mixed Martial Arts continues to grow.

The guy at the center of it all is FOX’s Jay Glazer, who has helped more and more players get the most out of their abilities on the football field.  Each year, the number of players who turn to this sport grows.

Glazer and UFC star Chuck Liddell worked out today with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, the 2009 Associated Press defensive player of the year.  Cushing, whose session lasted 90 minutes today, has been a regular since the season ended.

Here’s the point where I’d make some sort of a smartass remark regarding two grown men pushing and hugging and sweating on each other and then say “not that there’s anything wrong with that,” but I don’t need Liddell tracking me down and kicking my ass.

Or pushing and hugging and sweating on me.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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31 Responses to “Cushing embraces MMA training”
  1. Hooby says: Mar 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    this isnt FA news.

  2. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: Mar 5, 2010 4:59 PM

    Brian Cushing is a beast, but I live in constant fear of and S-word suspension. I hope and pray he’s not in that crowd.

  3. kbar69 says: Mar 5, 2010 4:59 PM

    Nice! The 2 biggest stories for the Texans on opening day of Free Agency are that they re-signed their 41 yr old punter, and Cushing is working out in the offseason. Being a Texans fan sucks!

  4. wildstile says: Mar 5, 2010 5:01 PM

    Who cares?

  5. Nambla Limbaugh says: Mar 5, 2010 5:01 PM

    Seriously Florio, WTF?

  6. mj23thegoat says: Mar 5, 2010 5:02 PM

    Cushing likes to work out naked?

  7. texansin2010 says: Mar 5, 2010 5:04 PM

    Watch out AFC South…. Your looking at a top 10 Defense and a linebacking Core that will take your head off.
    Get em’ CUSH!!!!

  8. mr grimm says: Mar 5, 2010 5:04 PM

    no ofcourse there’s nothing wrong with that. o.O

  9. Kool Herc says: Mar 5, 2010 5:05 PM

    That jock-sniffer Jay Glazer just loves rolling around on the floor with beefy sweaty men.

  10. antozzy says: Mar 5, 2010 5:05 PM

    Rookie defensive player of the year.

  11. The Wishbone says: Mar 5, 2010 5:06 PM

    Un-war dudes rolling around on the ground together. It’s creepy.

  12. Kool Herc says: Mar 5, 2010 5:06 PM

    haha I swear I didn’t read Florio’s sweaty jokes before I wrote that, I just saw Glazer and MMA and my fingers went on automatic.

  13. pftfanboy says: Mar 5, 2010 5:13 PM

    @ Hooby -
    it is his site. he can write about two cheerleaders making out if he wants, which is something i am interested actually.

  14. Wukong says: Mar 5, 2010 5:20 PM

    I fail to see how MMA training helps any on the football field. These guys already have access to world class strength and conditioning coaches, so it’s not helping them build muscle or cardio. They not using arm bars or leg kicks when they’re on the field, so the jiu jitsu, muay thai, boxing, etc. that make up the MMA regimen aren’t converting to their day job. If they’re just using it as a way to keep in shape, fine. But the notion that it in some way is helping them as players is somewhat ludicrous. They’re two entirely different things with entirely different skill sets and very, very little overlap.

  15. JerseyJints says: Mar 5, 2010 5:20 PM

    defensive rookie of the year, not player of the year.

  16. pt the kid says: Mar 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    2009 defensive rookie* of the year

  17. raybin says: Mar 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    Apparently Cushing hasn’t followed Liddell’s recent career very closely.
    Now if he could get in a time machine and train with the 2002 Iceman, that would be something.

  18. east96street says: Mar 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    One hit from Lidell would probably kill you. On the upside, we would be spared your personal crusade against perfectly reasonable OT rules and your continual abuse of your status as a member of one the NFL broadcast partners to try to get your way. On the downside, we would get more Rosenthal, who is such an abysmal writer he makes you look like Shakespeare in comparison. Tough call.

  19. crackbubba says: Mar 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    MMA is a growing sport, and supposedly it’s much more intense than football. Anything that helps players with discipline and staying in shape is great in my book. Where’s Pacman?

  20. jimicos says: Mar 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    Chuck Lidell is not Channing Crowder. Good call on not wanting to piss him off.

  21. Dice14 says: Mar 5, 2010 5:33 PM

    He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
    MMA is especially beneficial for football because the wrestling and grappling aspects of the sport would improve a lineman or linebackers ability to fight hands. Not to mention an improvement in balance, agility, strength and endurance.

  22. Route36West says: Mar 5, 2010 5:34 PM

    Pushing, Hugging, and Sweating is only a small part of MMA.
    There’s also Punching, Elbowing, Kicking, Kneeing, Stomping, Throwing, Slamming, Choking, Snapping, Twisting, Breaking, Raping(o wait that only happens if you play for the Steelers),and most importantly Bleeding.
    I think its smart that these NFL players are being trained in MMA. Not only for how it can help them perform in the NFL but also as something they can do after football.
    An NFL Career usually ends when a player is in his early 30′s because of the loss of speed and injuries. But an MMA fighters career can last into their 40s. Also the kind of injuries that end an NFL players career wont severely hurt their chances in MMA.
    MMA fighters can still fight at a high level with bad knees ankles etc. they dont need to run 4.4 40 yard dashes all they need to do is be able to move. The only thing that really effects fighters is the amount of punches they have taken. Yes NFL players take alot of hits to the head but they have on helmets and most of the time they walk away without serious damage. Fighters sustain serious damage to their brain almost every fight and still do it into their 40′s. So most NFL players that decide to fight MMA after football will have minimum head damage compared to fighters.
    The 1 other thing that ends MMA careers is scar tissue on their face. After a long career they have had so many cuts to their face that 1 hit will cut them wide open. That wont be a problem for football players coming in because of helmets. So they should be fine in that regard.
    Really I just think its a good thing that these guys are getting into it. Not only for training but for life after football.

  23. pftfanboy says: Mar 5, 2010 5:42 PM

    east96-
    your not a fan of florio’s or one of his 2 writers; why are you here on a friday night?
    just wondering, Dostoevsky.

  24. J.Cannon says: Mar 5, 2010 5:49 PM

    MMA fighting looks like a great way to get into optimum shape but more than anything I think its a psychological thing for these players. If you train in MMA durring the offseason you’re going to feel like you can beat anyone’s a$$ once the season starts that has got to help a guys confidence on the field.

  25. Wukong says: Mar 5, 2010 5:54 PM

    @Route36West :
    You’re really overstating the longevity of MMA fighters. Chuck Liddell is 40 and basically done, and he’s been on a downward slide for a few years now. Tito Ortiz is the same. Cro–Cop was once considered one of the top guys in the world, but has hit the skids in the last few years. Mid 30′s is when things start to go down hill, which isn’t particularly different than the NFL. You’ve also got guys like Andrei Orlovsky who seem to have peaked in their 20′s.

  26. AbeFreshly says: Mar 5, 2010 6:23 PM

    “…but I don’t need Liddell tracking me down and kicking my ass.”
    Liddell???
    Forget Liddell. You need to worry about Cushing, or even Glazer tracking you down & kicking your ass!
    Liddell. lol. As if…

  27. Peak says: Mar 5, 2010 6:43 PM

    Wukong… You’re wrong. After my son started wrestling in high school, his football skills increased dramatically. The hand and footwork, as well as the high level conditioning, really helps. Plus if the pros get this type of competition in the offseason, they may get arrested less often.

  28. east96street says: Mar 5, 2010 6:53 PM

    pftfanboy says: “your not a fan of florio’s or one of his 2 writers; why are you here on a friday night?”
    Let’s see, genius, maybe, just maybe, I want to find out what moves my favorite football team is making, or not, in FA? Let me guess, you’re a Walmart stockboy logging on to comment during your break, right? I’ve actually been here for years, well before the NBC fiasco, actually like Florio’s occasional wit, but hate his insufferable preaching and I’m rather baffled how Rosenthal keeps his job since his articles are usually riddled with mistakes and he is an extremely poor writer and even worse interviewer. Usually, Florio works with a better class of writers. Sorry, I didn’t realize I needed an asshole’s permission to criticize Rosenthal, pftfanboy. Next time, I’ll make sure to ask you.

  29. floriosadildo says: Mar 5, 2010 10:01 PM

    Goodness me Mr. Liddell, who does your hair?

  30. robert ethan says: Apr 9, 2010 10:41 AM

    Any chance of 90 minutes pushing, hugging, and sweating with Erin Andrews instead. No offense to Glazer.

  31. hurricane6171 says: May 2, 2010 9:48 AM

    hey ron daynes fat diet,you are probably some fat peace of shit,,who never played football or lifted a weight in your life,,,you probably sit around all day playing fantasy football eating pizza,,yelling at the tv,,that these guys suck,,cush isnt on the roids,,nor has he evr failed a test loser!!he does more exercise in one day,,then youn have in your pathetic existance….

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