“Matt is very athletic and explosive, and he had that playing football,” Reno said. Mitrione’s traits from the gridiron and in the octagon made transitioning from football to MMA training nearly seamless for Reno. He first began building up Mitrione’s mass before transitioning to more conditioning to get the fighter to the ideal weight and shape for the bout.
“I was able to advance all of his exercises,” Reno said. “We did a ton of hip mobility, stretching is huge. There is a lot of force from the legs, so you have to be flexible, have strong hips and be able to rotate.”
Over the course of his work with Mitrione, the first MMA fighter he had ever trained, Reno came to find a number of things from MMA that would translate to the football field and the strength & conditioning program