Shaquille O’Neal says MMA training led to winning titles

Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest centers in NBA history and has won titles with the LA Lakers and Miami Heat, but he says MMA is the toughest sport and gives him credit for it. helping to win championships.

Mixed martial arts is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, as the continuous action for a three or five minute round means a momentary lapse of time can lose a fight.

The physical demands are immense, which means mixed martial arts training can also help athletes train to be at their best.

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal spoke about the toughness of MMA on a recent episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq.

“MMA is the toughest sport because you work all the muscles. Sometimes in football we can go, boom…aahh, boom boom boom…aahh, that’s what I’m saying, you get a break. In MMA, 3-5 minutes you don’t get a break. So try not to get a break and someone chokes you and hits you, that was the hardest sport.

Shaq has spoken many times about his appreciation for mixed martial arts and has been a fan of the sport since 1996.

Long time MMA fan @SHAQ got his start in the sport while sitting at ringside for Vitor Belfort’s professional debut in 1996 😯(via @arielhelwani) https://t.co/Jx2mJIYdgC

While being a mixed martial arts fan is one thing, Shaq also began training in the sport to become a championship winning player.

Shaquille O’Neal thanks MMA for helping him win championships.

Shaq and Kobe have won multiple championships through Shaq's mixed martial arts training.
Shaq and Kobe have won multiple championships, thanks to Shaq’s mixed martial arts training.

Championship DNA is difficult for any professional athlete to develop, and some athletes go on to pursue their entire careers without developing the mentality and ability to win a championship.

Some athletes go to great lengths to develop the championship DNA needed to win a title. Shaquille O’Neal credits mixed martial arts with helping him become a player capable of winning championships.

“I never came back in wrestling shape. I always come back in basketball shape, but basketball, for me, I had to run and jump and wrestle. So once I started to training MMA, ‘when I stopped training basketball and just started training MMA, that’s when I started winning championships.”

Shaq talked about how his training helped him win championships and how quitting training ultimately cost him titles in previous interviews.

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The level of training the Hall of Famer went through to be excellent helped him become one of the most dominant players in basketball for nearly a decade.

If Shaquille O’Neal had maintained his training schedule throughout his career, he might have had an even more impressive career.

Still, Shaquille O’Neal’s mixed martial arts ability is impressive considering his size, and commitment to his training method could help other modern centers succeed.


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