Chris Tuchscherer swinging “the crowbar” again

By Thomas Gerbasi

“I’ve had time to reevaluate the way my fights have been in the UFC and I kinda went away from the old Tuchscherer. I’m gonna bring back the old Tuchscherer.”

The January announcement that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was going to coach season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter was met with a blitz of positive press and an equally enthusiastic response from fans.

Another interested party – heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer – was pleased as well, despite the assumption that he was losing a key training partner as well as some of his coaching staff as he prepared for his UFC 127 bout against Mark Hunt. But as “The Crowbar” explains, he has not only worked with his usual team for this fight in Vegas, but his itinerary includes a return to Greg Nelson’s camp in Minnesota and some work in Arizona with Ryan Bader and company.

“It hasn’t sidetracked me at all,” said Tuchscherer of Lesnar’s TUF13 stint. “I’ve been getting good training in, done some different things and switched up some things that I think are gonna be better for me.”

While conducting this interview, Tuchscherer was in Las Vegas, working with Lesnar for the week before heading back to Minnesota. This camp has provided a nice change in scenery and training philosophies for the 35-year old, who is hoping to even up his UFC record at 2-2 with a win over Hunt.

“What it (visiting different camps) does is let you see how other people train and lets you try different things instead of doing it the way you’ve always been used to doing it,” he said. “To keep evolving in this sport, you have to widen your game. You can’t be one-dimensional, and if something’s not working, it’s time to change it up.”


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