Pistons pull no punches training with MMA fighters

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

The Pistons are having fun in Las Vegas judging by a video posted by mma-core.com.

Most of the team is working out with UFC fighters including captains Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and rookie Stanley Johnson.

"When the captains came together at the end of the season we decided that we wanted to do a team bonding right before the season began," Drummond said on the video. "We wanted to return the favor. They did some of our workouts. We are going to try to do some of their workouts, so the idea kind of sparked and we all went for it.

"So now that we are here, it's been a fun process. I am outside of my element here, but we are all having fun here. We are going in with confidence. A lot of guys are bonding more. There are a lot of new faces. It's an exciting time right now."

Players are learning boxing skills and other techniques

"They move pretty fast. They move well for big guys said UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve. "It is something you don't see a lot. They picked it up real fast. Of course they train every day. They are already good athletes.

Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin seems to be in charge of the drills and knows he has a fun but tough job.

"I do get a little nervous," he said on the video pointing to Drummond. "That's a very expensive knee we've got going on there. My job is to make sure these guys don't get hurt."

He said he is teaching team bonding, workout skills and making sure everybody has fun."

"Number one don't get hurt," he said. "Don't get million dollar athletes hurt."

Andre Drummond mixes it up with UFC champion Forrest Griffin.