Jordan ‘Deachkalek’ Coe: “How I Brought My Losing Streak to an End”

By Jordan ‘Deachkalek’ Coe

Throughout my professional fighting career I have always made weight for my fights. I never seemed to have a problem with losing the weight. A trip to the sauna or an extra hour in the sweat suit would seem to lose that last kilo or so.

When I first arrived in Thailand that is when I discovered a change in my body and weight. I had always been very skinny and had a very muscular core. For the past 2 years (between 2012 – 2014) my fight weight was between 53-55 kilograms, whilst walking around at about 59kg. However after my final fight in Scotland in April 2014 I had begun to put more weight on due to not training as intensely as usual and going up to 62kg walking weight. I didn’t see it as much of a problem as I usually lose weight very easily. However, as the months went on and the fights continued I made a decision to fight at a heavier weight in Thailand, competing at 57kg. I had three fights at this weight in the first four months of being here. Fighting at this weight was supposed to help me so I wouldn’t wreck my body trying to make ridiculous weight. However due to the methods of weight cutting I used in all three fights It actually made me feel worse both before and during the fights.  I lost all three fights and I felt terrible.

I tried multiple traditional methods such as: sweat suit runs; cutting down portion size and carbohydrates; depriving myself of water; and two days before the weigh in refusing to eat or drink in order to hopefully lose weight more quickly. If I am honest, I did not have a clue what to do. Then I was put in contact with Sam from SBG Performance & Nutrition at my gym, Sumalee Boxing Gym. He runs consultations online from the UK helping fighters like me get into shape using nutrition.

When I first began working with Sam, I was unsure of whether or not he could help me. I had a fight on the televised show Max Muay Thai and had to make 57kg in 3 weeks. We had 9 kilos to lose, I normally would not have so much weight to lose. However, I had lost my previous fight by cut stoppage and I was unable to train for two weeks.

So firstly the coach sat me down. He checked how much we had to lose and we both discussed a meal plan to start the process. I was very shocked when I found out I could eat meals I actually enjoyed and decent sized portions too! We went by a three day rota of changing the meals, so that I would not get bored. When we began the diet I was very impressed at the meals I was given: Fish green curry, BLT Sandwiches, pork stir fry.   This is only some of it! A week went in and I began to trust the diet more, it was working.  The weight was coming off and I was not feeling drained or mentally tired during training.  There was only one problem and I was able to speak with Sam about it. At nights I always seemed to crave more food and felt hungry. He was able to solve this immediately by hooking me up with a chocolate protein shake with peanut butter as a late night snack.

For the final week we had roughly 6 kilograms to lose. This is usually the week I would do endless sweat suit runs and cut down all food and water. However, SBG Nutrition showed me the light! The final week I was continuing to eat three big meals a day along with a snack at night and we began water loading. This scared me the most as I had not done it before. Five days before the fight I was told to drink about 6 litres of water per day. The amount I was required to consume was reduced day by day thereafter. This was very new to me. The night before the fight was D-Day for me and I was wondering what I would be required to do. I was told to put a pair of jogging bottoms on with a hoodie and go a 30 minute walk in the sun. A walk! Are you mad? How am I going to make weight doing that?! But sure thing I had lost a kilo. One down, one to go…. relax. As I watched my teammates go out running in their sauna suits and deprive themselves of water and food, I felt great! The day of the weigh in was very similar. As my teammates went out running to get the last few kilos off, I was in bed relaxing. The weigh in came and as easy as that, I was 57kg on the dot. All thanks to SBG Nutrition.

The main thing Sam has done for me is change the way I think about losing weight. I no longer need worry about making weight or not feeling fresh in a fight. Also with the new diet I see a dramatic change in my body shape, becoming more muscular all round.  Also I rarely have a bad training session, as I am never deprived of food in my diet. It is an overall lifestyle change.

A big difference has also been seen in my performance. By using SBG Nutrition’s strength and conditioning services in conjunction with their diet plan, I am now beginning to feel a great deal stronger, fitter and sharper. Before beginning the diet plan my manager had noticed in a couple fights that I looked more tired than I should given my age and fitness level. This was certainly not down to the training, as anyone who knows me well will know I give 110% every time I train, leaving no gaps. However, with the change in diet, my manager has noticed how much more comfortable I am now looking during the fights. Clean diet helps a clean mind and body. The results show for themselves. I am now back to winning my fights and feeling very much more confident.

I would personally like to thank my coach at SBG Nutrition for putting so much effort and thought into my diet in order to improve my performance. He is very approachable. I am able to talk to him whenever I would like to change something or have any questions. I am glad to have benefitted from the SBG service as it has helped me for the future.  It has ensured I will always know how to control what I eat and that I am having the right quantities. I would highly recommend their services for anyone wanting to make a lifestyle change or cut weight for fights. It is very much worth it.

Fight Results: 25th March 2015 at Bangla Boxing Stadium

By Mike Davis for Sumalee Media

Wednesday night saw Team Sumalee descend upon Bangla Boxing Stadium for the first time in a couple of weeks. Lermongkol, brother of Mongkol Thong Sumalee, made his second appearance for the gym against a big Brazilian fighter. Scotland’s Craig Dickson rematched Yodsanklai Kiat Thanachot, a strong young nak muay out of Phuket, in his first fight since his debut at Lumpinee Stadium last month.

Lerdmongkol was the penultimate fight of the evening. He faced Lucas Elite Fight Club who had a slight advantage in both height and weight. Lerd started well with some well timed sweeps and a lot of accurate low kicks. Although the weight difference did not phase him in the earlier rounds, it began to take it’s toll after Round 3 where Lerd was noticably tired. Lucas recovered the points in the later rounds and went through to win by decision.

Craig’s rematch with Yodsanklai was as thrilling as their first meeting. The Scot had recovered from a small infection only a week before the match so it was understood he may not have been at 100% but agreed to fight anyway. Craig seemed to favour kicks and upward elbows and seemed to be in control for the first few rounds. Unfortunately for Craig, Yodsanklai’s tactics proved to be very effective, countering with accurate knees in the later rounds to sway the judges.

Lerdmongkol Sumalee 
(Thailand) VS Lucas Elite Fight Club (Thailand) - Lucas WINS via decision

Craig Dickson Sumalee (England) VS Yodsanklai Kiat Thanachot (Thailand) - Yodsanklai WINS via decision

Check out the photo album from Sumalee Media on our Facebook Page here, or watch the full fight videos below.

Blogpost: Magisterial, Magnificent, Magical, Magnesium

By SBG Performance & Nutrition

What you’re in for: A delightful little number on the second most abundant electrolyte in your body and why I think you should keep yourself topped up with it. 5 minutes reading. I also apologise for the meme. It’s really hard to find an interesting picture of magnesium.

Ok so that might just be the most blown out of proportion title I could come up with for this post, but Magnesium is pretty damned important for our general health.

You might remember magnesium being that little strip of metal you had endless fun with in science class putting into the flame of a 1960s bunsen burner. This is not, however, the same as dietary magnesium and I implore you not to get your kids to steal a handful from their science teachers cupboard to sprinkle on you cornflakes. It will not end well!

The magnesium I am talking about is found in high quantities in leafy greens as well as nuts, not in petri dishes.

Your typical western diet will ensure that you are deficient in this mineral, so much so that it is the most common deficiency behind only Vitamin D (1). This is largely down to our over-consumption of grain based carbohydrates, which are low in magnesium, and our under-consumption of leafy green vegetables, which are high in magnesium and other vital nutrients. The typical food pyramid we have all seen since the days of primary school is wrong and has lead to a sick society with more deficiencies than I care to mention.

Magnesium is the second most abundant electrolyte found in the human body and is responsible for many, many different functions. It is critical to preserving brain function in periods of down-time as well as helping to regulate muscle contraction.

Depletion of this mineral has been associated with increased blood pressure, reduced glucose tolerance and poor sleep quality. Athletes are especially at risk as magnesium is lost through sweat during periods of intense exercise. If your magnesium levels are low you may experience cramps and muscle pain during exercise.

Will it turn you into Novak Djokovic? Probably not. However, there is a study which suggests that supplementing with magnesium may improve performance by improving blood oxygen levels. This study was performed in triathletes and was indicative of improved times in 500m swimming, 20km biking and 5km running, although only the swimming was statistically significant (2). More studies need to be done in this fashion to get more solid results.

How does this apply to me?

Magnesium is one of the few supplements I recommend for active people take as it is so easily depleted and often not properly topped up. As well as its important neurological and physiological functions it has also been shown to reduce stress levels, which I think can be beneficial for a lot of people.

There has been a study where one group of persons with recently diagnosed mild hyper-tension supplemented with 600mg of magnesium over the course of 12 weeks. There blood pressure was shown to have decreased in small but significant amounts when compared to a group supplementing with a placebo (3).

Supplementing with between 200mg and 400mg (the former for women, the latter for men) every evening before bed will help to improve sleep quality if you are deficient in the mineral. Any more may cause gastrointestinal stress and have a laxative effect, which nobody wants.

When looking at which types of magnesium to buy, there are several options. Magnesium glycinate is probably the best option to shoot for as it has a much higher bioavailability (can be absorbed better) than magnesium carbonate (2.3x more bioavailable), magnesium citrate (3.6x) and magnesium oxides (8.8x). When it comes to supplements like these you shouldn’t be afraid to shell out a bit more for the product. ‘If you pay less, you pay twice’ as they say. Magnesium oxide is what is generally used in your typical ‘health’ stores such as Holland & Barrett whereas higher quality, pharmaceutical grade glycinate can be found in higher end supplement lines.

Bottom line is I think that as an active individual you should supplement with magnesium. At best it reduces blood pressure, stress levels, improves sleep quality and performance. At worst it gives you the trots. What have you got to lose?

1. What we eat in America: NHANES 2005-2006
2. Golf SW, Bender S, Grüttner J On the significance of magnesium in extreme physical stress . Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. (1998)
3. Hatzistavri LS, et al Oral magnesium supplementation reduces ambulatory blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension . Am J Hypertens. (2009)