When fighters reach the pinnacle of the sport, the UFC, they tend to become one-job-people.
Brian Melancon, though, has remained true to form in terms of his “day” job, continuing to work as a physical therapist.
Next up for Melancon will be recent Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 this coming Wednesday.
“Being a physical therapist has helped me learn when to listen to my body,” said Melancon, in an interview with the UFC’s website, “when to push through and when I’m just sore and need rest. If I do need to rest, I know how to rehab the area as best as possible while getting the maximum out of the rest of my body.”
Melancon (7-2) earned a win in his Octagon debut this past July, stopping Seth Baczynski in impressive fashion. The 31-year-old holds two-a-day practices between his other job, and constantly mixes up what he is doing.
“I’ll work some wrestling-specific techniques and defensive skills, drill it, wrestle for a while, then do some pad work,” Melancon said. “A couple days per week we’ll spar, working in some rounds and drills of position-specific sparring from the bottom, top, ground and pound, and against the cage. My strength and conditioning workouts are sort of CrossFit-style.”