A Fighting Life - Health, safety and diet of an MMA fighter
While the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts has exploded in recent months, for some the sport is just too violent.
Many critics can't see past the idea of two men being locked in a fenced area to fight, which is unfortunate. However MMA is the culmination of thousands of years of traditional martial arts blended together to create the perfect system for hand to hand combat. If the critics only see the fight, the true fans see the purest form of competition.
Safety is something that is at the core of MMA whether it's at the UFC or at a local Irish event. Whether its medics beside the ring at an event or the mindful eye of a coach during training sessions, there are a lot of people concerned with the well-being of an MMA fighter.
The fighter is the only person we see the ring but there is a large supporting cast that have helped him get there. Independent.ie recently visited one of Ireland's premier MMA gym, Team Ryano on the northside of Dublin and we spoke to some of the key figures involved in preparing Team Ryano athletes, including UFC fighter Neil Seery.