Weigh-in day is upon us and Cole Miller is set to make his 43rd successful weigh-in with never missing the professional cutoff.  The common eye never catches the behind the scene battles that are faced the week of the fight.  The unspoken language of analyzing other fighters body language, sucked in faces, and the rasp in their voice is all too common in the industry.  And to the ill prepared, you can see weeks of hard work and preparation coming to a halt.  The week of the fight is one of the most important weeks of the entire camp with weeks of hard work being funneled into 5 days.  The coaches have to pave this euphoric path for the athlete to follow in order to maintain mental and physical health all the while building them up to the fight.  Routines are put into place, a plan is followed, and a job is completed in an effective and efficient manner; this is the dividing factor in who’s camp has the professionals who do their homework and back it with skin in the game.   Fight camp is typically 90% physical/10% mental for 6-8 weeks which now takes a polar opposite shift to 10% physical/90% mental for the week of the fight and into the fight itself.  Athletes spend time honing in on a good coach in areas such as BJJ, Muay-Thai, Wrestling, Boxing, and MMA but many camps lack the coach who helps them PERFORM to their best ability.  This is where an athlete must understand selection in a proper nutritionist and for some, a sports psychologist.  Imagine walking a tight wire and looking at the finishing point rather than your next step.  This is much like a day during fight week where we play the ‘hurry up and wait game’.  Each day is a little more restricting than the day before until you finally hit your mark in which the magic really comes in….rehydration.  With the ban of I.V. use, fighters are now forced to approach the weight cut in a more cautious manner and in some cases, fighters will move up a division.  The lockdown by USADA will bring out the ‘professionals’ in the industry by putting more knowledge in dieting, cutting, and oral rehydration; three topics synonymous with fight week.  Also the complete cooperation and health of the athlete is required in order to keep the plan on path, thus making the job easier for all parties involved.  This process sounds easy to some, but it literally is a work of discipline and knowledge, making small adjustments along the way to accompany the fighter.  Our goal is to only make weight for an hour, if that.  The rehydration process has been altered slightly, taking in small portions of food over an extended amount of time.  “A little bit a lot, no a lot a little”.  A weight gain of around 10%-12% is expected with the body functioning like a top and optimal kidney function.  Fast forward to fight day… A morning carb load, some light movement to shake off the weight fluctuation, and the key ingredient, mental conditioning.  All of these steps have a key role in the success of a fight where anything can happen but to walk in unprepared is only minimizing your chance of victory.  To say that you are prepared to fight in today’s generation means you have just as much emphasis on fight week as you do week #1.  So I’ll leave you on this note here…”Make the days count, don’t count the days”Cole-Miller