Jack Shore – Pro MMA fighter for the UFC
Tell us about you...
I’m Jack Shore, and I’m a professional MMA fighter. I’m the current Cage Warriors bantamweight champion (the biggest MMA organisation in Europe). I had 10 pro fights for them, before signing to the UFC in May of this year. I am currently ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in Europe - with 11 wins and no losses.
How did you get into MMA?
I started kickboxing at 6 years old. I think my dad got me into it to get me out of the house!
I did that for a little over 4 years, then my Dad opened an MMA gym in 2007 and he’s been my trainer ever since. I had my first amateur fight at 17. I fought in BJJ, traditional Jiu-jitsu, and boxing, before I turned pro at 21. My dad’s gym (now Tillery Combat MMA Academy) actually started off in the cellar of a night club, so we’ve come a long way together.
Jack and his Dad training at Tillery Combat MMA Academy. Image: @sashshots
What has changed since you signed for the UFC in May of this year?
There is no governing body for MMA in the UK, so now I’m signed to the UFC, I can be randomly drugs tested by the USADA, so it’s really important for me to have batch tested, informed sport-registered supplements and be careful with everything I take. I also have more exposure now, but other than that not much has changed. I’m still doing everything the same, and I’m still training at the same gym... if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!
What does a typical training day look like for you?
Jack training at Tillery Combat MMA Academy. Image: @sashshots
I train three times per day. I’m up at 6.30, and at the gym by 7.15 for my first session, which is always cardio-based and lasts for about an hour. Then it’s home, breakfast, and recover before Midday training, which varies between strength and conditioning, boxing, BJJ, and muay thai. Then my evening session is always MMA-specific, so that might involve sparring etc and can last for up to two hours!
What’s next for you?
My next fight is my first UFC fight, which will be on September 28th in Copenhagen. In the UFC there are no easy fights, but you have to be confident. I’m looking forward to it and the opportunity to get my name on the world stage.
How are you preparing?
I’ve started cutting weight – I usually start at 10 weeks out. I start cutting at 75kg and make weight at 61kg. In MMA, people cut a lot of weight – so I usually cut about 10lbs of water weight the day before the fight as we have 36 hours to rehydrate. I’ll rehydrate and get back up to about 68kg to fight.
What do you think about the weight-cutting and dehydration techniques used in combat sports?
It’s the nature of the sport unfortunately. Everyone cuts weight, so you don’t want to be at a disadvantage. But you have to know how to do it right – it’s a science. I start my diet well in advance so I’m only dehydrated for 3-4 hours before the fight, whereas others can be dehydrated for 24-48hrs! The way I’ve done it, I’ve never felt bad for it, whereas with some fighters, you can see the effects within a round and a half…They are athletes, training 3 times a day – they’re fit but they’re drained because they’ve not cut weight properly.
Has anything changed with your nutrition now that you’re a PAS ambassador?
My diet. I was doing my own thing previously, but now I’m working with Jon (PAS Director) as my nutritionist. It’s one less thing I have to think about, which is massive for me with training three times a day.
I also never used to take supplements, except the odd protein bar. The last session of the day can be 2 hours long, so I would be sweating out a lot of salts. I now take AGF-2 and electrolytes during training, and I will still feel a bit sore come Tuesday morning after Monday night’s session, but I will be recharged and ready to go. It makes the world of difference mentally and physically; it helps you push harder and get through it. Taking Beta-Power and Defence (our multivitamin and probiotic) as well, you just feel better throughout the week, whereas before I would be struggling by the end of my training week.
It’s the little things - that 1% that separates you from the rest.
How important do you think nutrition is for combat sports?
It’s something all fighters should look into. Personally, I’m heavy for the weight I fight at – so nutrition is essential for me. In a 10-week camp, I have to think about my diet, making weight, media, training, the fight itself, and in MMA you have 4 or 5 disciplines – so there’s a lot on my mind. It’s great that I have Jon as my nutritionist, and I can focus on my training.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about nutrition and supplements, who should other fighters look to for advice on this?
Unfortunately, some people will try to use you for exposure. Make sure you work with someone reputable - don’t work with someone who needs to work with you! Look for people who have worked with high level athletes rather than taking your chances! In the past I have just had to listen to people and hope for the best as I didn’t know enough about nutrition, whereas at PAS, the nutritionists work with athletes at the top of their game in all sports – and the supplements are tried and tested. You wouldn’t get a coach who hasn’t trained any fighters – nutrition and supplements are the same!
Follow Jack to stay updated with his training and nutrition ahead of his first UFC fight: Instagram - @jackshoremma #JackShoresOnFire
Jack’s gym: Tillery Combat MMA (Instagram: @tillerycombatmma)