UFC debutante John Phillips trains above the rest with The Altitude Centre Ireland

The Altitude Centre Ireland is delighted to be supporting MMA fighter John Phillips as he prepares for his debut UFC fight in Denver on January 28th. Denver is located at an altitude of 1730m above sea-level and Phillips is using one of our altitude sleep systems at his Straight Blast Gym (SBG) training-base in Dublin to simulate the altitude conditions that he will be fighting in. 

A former boxer who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games, Phillips recently moved to mixed marshal arts last year and began training under the expertise of John Kavanagh head coach of SBG. Kavanagh is best known as the coach of Conor McGregor. After several months of preparation, Phillips finally received the news in December of a fight arranged in Denver on January 28th which will be his UFC debut. 

Competing at altitude poses many challenges particularly the high intensity nature of combat sports such as MMA. With less circulating oxygen in the blood reaching the muscles and the brain, athletes can succumb to physical and mental fatigue much sooner than under normal sea-level conditions. Phillips will prepare by sleeping in an altitude tent that simulates the conditions that he will face in Denver so that when he arrives for his fight, he will already be pre-acclimatised to the altitude. Other benefits from sleeping in an altitude tent include improved aerobic fitness which will help delay the onset of fatigue, as well as improve weight-loss due to increased metabolism. 

The fight will be broadcast on Fox 23 on January 28th as part of the UFC card for a headline women’s bantamweight fight. For more information on simulated altitude systems to purchase or hire, email info@altitudecentre.ie or phone 01 6877029. 

 

From left to right - MMA fighter John Philips, The Altitude Centre Ireland director Colin Griffin and SBG head coach John Kavanagh, pictured as John Phillips prepares for his UFC debut fight in Denver in January 2017.

From left to right – MMA fighter John Philips, The Altitude Centre Ireland director Colin Griffin and SBG head coach John Kavanagh, pictured as John Phillips prepares for his UFC debut fight in Denver in January 2017.

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