Starting May 3rd, UFC Ring girl will begin her job as the host for MMAthletics on FoxSports.com. According to a recent report on the Fox Sports website, the Atlanta Falcons will be the first NFL team to integrate mixed martial arts training.
In a few months, the Atlanta Falcons will try to beat the stuffing out of their opponents. And it’s core-strengthening, resolve-testing drills like the ones Lofton and his teammates are doing that will help those efforts.
The Falcons have become the NFL’s first franchise to begin a team-sponsored MMA program for its players. The sessions are run by MMAthletics, a company formed by FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer and Ultimate Fighting Championship star Randy Couture. A dozen Falcons players have volunteered for the innovative training done in conjunction with Atlanta’s traditional offseason workouts. Another four-to-eight players are expected to join.
“We’re always looking for new and progressive ideas as far as training and offering our team supplements to the athletic performance model we have in place here,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told FOXSports.com. “This was something we were comfortable with as far as conditioning but even more importantly the idea of having MMA help the players with their leverage, hand quickness, and things that could help them within the trenches taking on blocks and battling inside.”