New trend in fighting: Is Hormone Replacement Therapy really needed?

Hey guys! There’s a new trend out there!

……STACKED fighters are claiming they have low test levels requiring Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)…perhaps they should address the real issue behind their low levels?

Nate Marquadt now joins the ever increasing list of fighters not cleared to fight due to high levels of testosterone level in his blood sample. 
See Marquadt coming clean in this interview:

Marquadt comes clean…

I’m not contesting wether or not they have low testosterone levels, but the REAL reason for this should be explored before a fighter commences HRT!

This could be:
– Poor diet
– Excessive use of P.E.D’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs)
– Not resting enough- not enough sleep.
– Adrenal overload
– Excessive use of stimulants
Excessive stress
– Poor supplementation strategy.

Question is….where the above examined and addressed before giving Marquardt HRT?

Nate now joins the ever increasing list of fighters getting busted for Testosterone use. Recently we had Thiago Silva and James Irvin in 2011, and the high profile Chael Sonnen last year!

This seems to be becoming more common place each year…..

Steroid busts by year: 
’02: 1
’03: 1
’04: 1
’05: 1
’06: 4
’07: 14 (!)
’08: 5
’09: 4
’10: 2
’11: 2

Steroid busts by commission:
NSAC: 10
CSAC: 22
UFC’s independent testing: 3

Personally I would like to see these fighters exploring other avenues to get their hormone level up naturally, by addressing the above issues and working with professionals such as Mike Mahler who specialises in natural Hormone optimisation.
I always monitor my fighter’s diet, work:rest ratio according to how their feeling, and ensure they do not show signs of excessive fatigue or injury.

If you’re a fighter and have any of the following signs, you may have hormone issues:

  • Lethargy- constant fatigue
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Insomnia
  • Poor performance in training and fights
  • Weight gain
  • High stress levels
  • Constantly injured
  • Rapid weight loss
If you’re showing any of the above signs, you should have your diet dialled in by a professional, and re- assess your training.

Remember REST is important too- so plan that in to your training schedule. In my experience fighters are more likely to over-train, than under-train.

There’s a lot you can do before you go down the route of the needle!

Christian Vila.

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Oli Thompson retains title against Mark Potter!


Oli Thompson will wake up today, safe in the knowledge his is the top Heavyweight MMA fighter in the U.K!

Having beaten Mark Potter in the first round last night at UCMMA at the Troxy, London- Oli was buzzing, but calm as always! 

Game face.

Oli managed 2-3 double leg takedowns within the first two minutes, he was just too strong for 
Potter who actually came in 2kg heavier than Oli!

Oli in top position.

Interestingly Potter did not connect with any of his punches…he seemed slower than usual, or 
at least very wary of commiting himself.
In the end Oli secured the final takedown near the side of the cage, put his head against the 
cage and rained down a few punches, one which cut Potter.
As Potter tried to stand back up, Oli retained wrist control, whilst managing to stay busy on
Potter’s face.

Finally with just over a minute left in the first round, Oli took his back and wrapped in the now 
notorious Rear Naked choke (which also submitted his last opponant Ben Smith). Potter 
quickly tapped out before Oli even had hooks in.

The winning combo.

Both fighters where very respectful of each other, with Potter showing great sportsmanship 
after the fight, even posing for photos together behind the scenes. 

Oli with Christian Vila and Kenny Moyston (Kenshiro)

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Tonight! Oli Thompson defending UCMMA title!


After a perfect twelve week training camp, UCMMA Heavyweight Champion, Oli Thompson is ready to defend his title at the Troxy in London this evening against Mark Potter.

In preparation for this fight, Oli sandwiched his training with Christian Vila, with a filler of five weeks training in Huntington beach California, U.S.A.
Here he trained alongside sparring partner Cheik Congo, who is also fighting this weekend at UFC Live, against Pat Barry (
Supported by a great team including Dave Jackson and coach Dan Marino, Oli evolved his fighting skills further with hours of sparring with top level fighters at the Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Centre.

Oli with coach Dan Marino and Cheik Congo.

Having returned from his U.S.A training camp, sharper and fitter than ever, Oli then continued his training with Christian Vila who pushed his cardio further using Hurricanes and relentless combat circuits.

See how Oli prepared for this fight in the following video:

In short this has been the best training camp yet, with Oli fitter, stronger and more skilled than ever. 
Mark Potter will be facing the best Oli Thompson yet- who is evolving as a fighter with each training camp.

Be sure to Follow me on twitter (@christianvila) for up to the minute info on tonight’s bout!
The bout will be televised on Sky Sports 3 this Wednesday evening.
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Christian Vila from Combat Ready Training talks to regarding training UCMMA Heavyweight Champion, Oli Thompson.

Check out the interview here:
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Watch last night’s Strikeforce: Overeem vs Werdum!


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Don’t neglect your Strength training!


At the last UFC 130, Heavyweight Roy Nelson was dominated by a far stronger and fitter Frank Mir.
Roy Nelson said: “I gotta get bigger, stronger and faster”…showing he may have neglected these important aspects of his game.

There is nothing worse than coming up against an opponant who is stronger than you. It feels like you’re fighting against someone of a higher weight category!
As my good friend and mentor JC Santana says:
“Strength can overcome skill”
In my experience fighters focus too much on cardiovascular endurance in fear of putting on unwanted muscle.
At Combat Ready Training, each athlete is put through at least four-weeks of Strength training. 
ZT Fighters Aftab Miah and Ryan Roe-Barnett deadlifting for superior pulling strength.
Read how we do this in our next blog post next week.
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Oli Thompson finishes Strength phase of training!


Oli Thompson has again enlisted the services of Strength & Conditioning coach, Christian Vila from Combat Ready Training, in preparation for his title defence against Mark Potter.

Having worked together on previous training camps, Christian now has a very good understanding of Oli’s needs, abilities and motivations.
Knowing exactly what makes an athlete tick is an important weapon in a trainer’s arsenal. It has proved very effective in the last four weeks where Christian and Oli focused on boosting Oli’s already formidable strength.

 Oli has also received confirmation he will flying out to California in May for a month-long training camp with Cheik Congo at the Huntingdon Beach Ultimate Training Centre.

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Oli Thompson and Combat Ready Training on Warrior Creed.


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Recently on Warrior Creed, we have introduced an advertising scheme to help promote ourselves and to help others with their promotion needs. We advertised our new scheme through our various social networks and we have been inundated with a lot of responses.
One that definitely caught our eye was an email from Christian Vila at Combat Ready Training & ZT Fight School. This one particularly grabbed our attention because Combat Ready Training is where current UCMMA Heavyweight Champion, Oli Thompson trains at.

Christian is Oli’s Strength & Conditioning coach and an expert in personal fitness. After his win at the last UCMMA event, you can definitely tell that Thompson was at his physically (and mentally) best.

We welcome this new advertising agreement with Christian & Combat Ready Training and hope to see them very soon.
Don’t forget you can see Oli Thompson defend his UCMMA Heavyweight Title at the next MMA event after May.Take a look at Combat Ready Training’s Blog, for great tips, updates and videos.
Big thanks to Warrior Creed for their shout out….be sure to check them out!


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See Oli Thompson beat Ben Smith at UCMMA: Lights Out!


How they say it could’ve gone either way? Oli shows amazing strength and power in both rounds, with plenty of cardio spare!

See for yourself…..Oli vs Ben

Count the takedowns baby! 110kg ripped and slammed over and over!

We’ve now started preparing Oli for his next opponent, Mark Potter.

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Sam Watling- ZT Fight Skool trains Strength and Power with Christian Vila.


Sam Watling is preparing for BAMMA 6 with Strength & Conditioning coaches Alex Backhouse and Christian Vila.
Here he takes on the tyre and prowler outside ZT Fight Skool in Hove for maximum power and strength.
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