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Look out, NBA: Hibbert conditioning with MMA

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08:08 AM ET 09.20 | With each new offseason, Roy Hibbert has returned a new man of sorts, reshaping his body and his game. The big fella took it to another level this offseason when he started doing MMA training at Integrated Fighting Academy on the Southside of Indy to help his conditioning. Hibbert and I have had countless conversations over the years about his workouts. But rather than talk about what goes into his MMA training, Hibbert invited me to participate in a session so I could get a first-hand experience of the sweat and pain he goes through. Pacers rookie Orlando Johnson and Hibbert's nutritionist Mike Roussell also took part in the workout on Wednesday. ... Hibbert and Johnson lifted weights and scrimmaged over at the fieldhouse prior to doing their MMA workouts.

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September 20, 2012  08:33 AM ET

MMA training won't give him the heart that he lacks.

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September 20, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Hey MMA! I didn't know you were back in the game!

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September 20, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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We only worked out a few times. He would start crying and faint when the sparring got too rough.

Did you pat him on the top of the head after it was all over?

September 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET

No better workout then MMA training...

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September 20, 2012  10:20 AM ET

Man Up, Bro.

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September 20, 2012  12:56 PM ET
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He's Dwight Howard's manservant don't cha know.

Wow...I know ur not gonna take that MMA!?

September 20, 2012  01:26 PM ET

The sign of a smart guy who understands that he needs to get better each and every year. Hibbert could soon be the best center in the NBA. He already is a much better shooter than Dwight "the man child" Howard.

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September 20, 2012  08:07 PM ET

Now the Pacers are really going to "choke" Lebron. haha

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