source: Boxing Bag Store
Mixed martial arts have taken the world by storm. Everyone, including women and children are glued to the tube when matches are televised. Names like Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, and Keith Jardine are known in just about every household in America.
Perhaps you are an aspiring fighter? If you think you have what it takes and are seriously considering getting into the competition of MMA or UFC fighting, there are a couple of things you should be aware of.
1. Almost all of the fighters have been in fight training such as Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for years. They hone their skills, and add new ones as required.
2. There are literally thousands of people that have the same desire as you – to go MMA or UFC pro. You will need to be very accomplished to ‘get ahead’ of the pack.
3. You will need to attend a MMA training school. As the sport has become more and more sophisticated, this seems to be the only way to ‘break into’ the sport. You will need to have a trainer suggest your name to be viable. Also take into consideration that training for the ring is a full time job. At best you will be able to work part time. Will this support you?
4. Proper training gear is essential. All of the MMA gyms require boxing gloves, mouth guards and headgear before they will even let you participate in training. You will need to verify with the gym of your choice what they require. Boxing gloves, mouth guards and headgear can be found online, or any sporting goods store, and they are not very expensive.
5. After training you will need to participate in amateur fights. Listen to your trainer and do not push to go pro until your trainer tells you that you’re ready. If you go pro too early, you risk having yourself pummeled into the ground. Take your lumps and get the experience needed as an amateur. Amateur fights do not go on your record. If you are going to lose a few fights, better to do it as an amateur and not have them show on your pro record. Keep in mind that if you have one pro fight you can never return to amateur status.
6. Pay. Unless you are one of the lucky few that makes it in the pro circuit, you will not be paid.
Good luck to you – I hope you do make it to the top!