A wise boxing trainer once said to his pupil “women weaken legs.” That was the advice Rocky Balboa was given from his trainer Mickey back in the day. It appears that may be the excuse one MMA fighter is using for a recent loss in the octagon.

Emanuel Newton lost by way of a first-round submission in a match against Phil Davis back in September. The reason for Newton’s loss? He says it was because he had sex hours before the event.

“I had sex like three or four hours before the fight, which was stupid,” Newton told MMAjunkie. “Once again, I was getting caught up in that (mentality that) certain things couldn’t touch me when I have to understand that I am human and I do have to train hard and I can’t be going out and making stupid mistakes. Then the first takedown of the fight that Phil got on me, I popped my rib. It just wasn’t meant for me to win that fight because I learned so much.

“(Having sex) definitely took away my hips. My trainer Antonio (McKee), even the day before when we were doing the open workouts I was kicking him off his feet with spinning back kicks. The first takedown Phil got on me was when I threw a spinning back kick and he powered through it and he got that body lock and that’s when I popped my rib. But right when we were warming up my trainer looked at me and said, ‘What happened to that power?’ Lesson learned. It happened for a bigger reason and I did learn a lesson and get a deeper understanding of myself.”

So in this case, Newton says women weaken hips. Good to know.

[MMA Junkie/Photo: Bellator]

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