Written By: Barry Laminack
Open workouts for UFC 136 have come and gone and participating in the event were 8 fighter from the main card spread out over 3 hours. The schedule was as follows:
- 12pm – 1pm: Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo and Brian Stann
- 1pm – 2pm: Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon
- 2pm – 3pm: Gray Maynard, Melvin Guillard and Chael Sonnen
Each fighter spent about 15 minutes inside the octagon going through some light workout drills. Some of my random observations from the workouts follow:
- Frankie Edgar hands are FAST!
- Breaking News: Jose Aldo has skills
- Brian Stann look massive compared to Chael Sonnen
- Kenny Florian is a lot smoother and fluid in person than I realized.
- Joe Lauzon looked very relaxed and confident
- Gray Maynard hits hard…very hard. One of the first things I noticed was how hard the thuds where when he hit pads compared to Frankie Edgar. You can tell Maynard’s hands are VERY heavy.
- Melvin Guillard is one of (if not THE) fastest fighters I’ve seen in person. I’ve never had a fighter move out of frame from my camera so fast that I missed the picture, but Guillard did. He was doing some shadow boxing and as he was going forward, he shot, went down to one knee and then popped back up. As he shot, he went out of frame. I lost him for a sec, so I tried to follow him to the ground and when I got the camera down there (less than a second mind you) he was gone…already on his feet. It was crazy! This fight may not last very long.
- Melvin Guillard didn’t have anyone from Greg Jacksons’ camp with him. Instead, keeping him on schedule and working with him was Rashad Evans’ new coach Mike van Arsdale.
- Chael Sonnen seems like a really nice guy. You tend to get a picture painted from all the talk he does that he’s an a-hole, so I was watching his body language and how he acted with people. He seems like a really like-able guy. He and Gray Maynard spent some time during the work outs going over some technique and talking.