Drew Dober won FIGHT! Magazine’s Full Time Fighter contest. The prize package included training gear from Jaco and MMAWarehouse, a week of training with Shawn Tompkins at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nev., and cash to blow on slots and “exotic dancers.” We’ll be keeping up with him all week to let you know about his experience as a full time fighter.
8 a.m. – I began my day by showering and eating some oatmeal and protein.
9 a.m. – Shawn and I arrive at the gym. After getting my clothes on I walk into a gym with a full boxing ring, full cage, a big padded floor, and follow some stairs and there is a completely padded room for wrestling and a sauna, haha. When I first enter I notice Junie Browning shadow boxing in the ring, Randy Couture working some pads in the cage, and Gray Maynard and Tyson Griffin doing a strength circuit.
9:15 a.m. – Shawn has me put pads on and start sparring, haha. Great, I love sparring guys who can kick my ass this early in the morning. So I work 3 minutes rounds with Shawn and Junie, and we spar for about an hour.
10:15 a.m. – Shawn sends me upstairs to work some wrestling, so I partner up with this tall college wrestler and we work drills that Gray Maynard and Tyson Griffin are working. After that we work positions going in 30 seconds bursts.
11:15 a.m. – I finish my morning work out and so I just sit and watch Shawn go through pad rounds with Sam Stout and Ray Sefo, a K-1 fighter. It was extremely entertaining to watch.
12:30 p.m. – Shawn, Emilie, Sam, and I go home and I have myself a sandwich and a banana. Shawn states, “First morning workout completed,” then I go take a nap.
3:30 p.m. – I wake up get a PowerBar and watch Donald Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner on TV (what an amazing fight) then we leave for pro practice at 4
3:45 p.m. – As I walk in I notice that there are twice as many people in the gym than in the morning and it is a who’s who of MMA. I see Gray Maynard, Tyson Griffin, Phil Baroni, Vitor Belfort, Frank Trigg, War Machine, and even Forrest Griffin
4 p.m. – Pro training starts of with some jogging and sit up for like 10 minutes then we found a partner and shadow boxed in front of the partner. I partner up with some unkown guys and Sam Stout. After three rounds of that then we start hand fighting and clinch fighting. I partnered up with War Machine and then Frank Trigg, who beat the hell out of me.
4:45p.m. – We start a machine gun drill. A group of three and one partner has to shoot takedowns the entire round. I was partnered with Sam Stout and Junie Browning. After all three of us did a round we turned it over to Free Sparring
5 p.m. – First partner was Sam Stout, which has amazing striking, after a couple minutes we end up in my guard (dont remember how) and I am able to hip heist him *flex* but then the round ends. Second partner is War Machine who takes me down against the fence and beats me up from my guard the entire round, haha. Third was Frank Trigg. I went for a shot and it was good but of course Frank sprawled, threw me over and then just beat me up from top the rest of the round, haha. Next was Junie which it was a back and forth match but we were both exhausted.
6 p.m. – Practice was over and I finish it with an interview with FIGHT! Magazine. After waiting around for awhile we head back to the house to relax.
6:30 p.m. – I have a protein shake and start writing this blog. I spent the rest of the night watching Harry Potter with Sam Stout, haha. Emilie Tompkins made some amazing chicken sandwiches with sweet potato fries. Pretty lame I know but that’s what happens in the Tompkins house in Vegas, haha. Stay tuned though, I guess Shawn in gonna take me out on the strip *shakes head. I hope I behave.