Charles Smith Jr. is on a mission to help his former Georgia teammate and future UFC champion Jon Jones get bigger and stronger, but he’s not letting the world down by limiting himself to what he’s already accomplished.
The undefeated former UFC heavyweight champion recently posted an Instagram video featuring his two-week plan to build on his impressive performance in the title fight against Jones at UFC 178.
Smith is known for his work in the gym and has spent time at the world-class Arnold Schwarzenegger Performance Center in California, according to MMA Fighting.
Smith, 30, is also one of the most prolific and sought-after boxers in the world.
His career record currently stands at 7-2 with 12 wins, six knockouts and one no-contest.
He’s also had a number of victories over top level competition.
In his Instagram video, Smith said he’s been “getting the most out of my body and muscles,” which are already in better shape than when he first took the UFC title in 2013.
The former heavyweight champion has a history of making his weight in the UFC, winning a title at 155 pounds in 2017.
He had previously been a middleweight, lightweight and featherweight champion before taking the UFC’s light heavyweight belt in January 2018.
Smith said he had an idea that the fight with Jones might be too tough to get through with the UFC under current rules, so he set up the gym as a training camp.
He said that was the first step toward building his body and mind for a bigger, stronger, faster, and faster fight.
The former heavyweight champ has been training for this fight since April, and his workout regimen is a mix of bodyweight and resistance training.
He does cardio, powerlifting, and squats, but not all of them are cardio-based exercises.
Smith’s goal for the fight is to get his body to “break through the resistance of what I do,” he said.
Smith’s training is similar to what former UFC fighter and current New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is doing, and Smith’s gym also trains the next president of the United States, who Smith has previously compared to former President Donald Trump.
Smith has been competing in the cage since he was 10 years old, and he believes he’s in the best shape of his life.
Smith was able to keep up with his training because of his father’s medical insurance, but his dad also helped him out with his medical needs.
“I didn’t have that money,” Smith said.
“My father is a very generous person.
He gave me money to help me out.”
In an interview with ESPN, Smith was asked about his current weight loss and said he doesn’t know if he will ever be in the same shape as he was at the beginning of his career.
He added he’s also working out to “help me get bigger.”
Smith, who is a two-time UFC champion, is currently ranked No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings.
Smith was undefeated at 155 and had three straight victories when he faced Jones at the UFC 178 event.
After the fight, Smith dropped to 140 pounds to fight Jones for the interim title.
The two fought in the main event, and Jones won via unanimous decision.
Smith said it was his best fight ever.
He was able avenge his first loss to Jones in the Octagon in February 2018.
Smith says he will be in good shape for this upcoming fight.