How difficult is it for someone to become a professional fighter? Do people have to stack there resume's with amature fights first? Im pretty new to the entire scene so bare with the nievity (prob misspelled) of the question.
Any feedback is appreciated! THANKS.
Dude just show up at the ufc they let anyone fight... You just have to get there early in the morning say 4 am.
One things for sure. Be prepared to endure a hard life. Sure. You get the opportunity to fight with highly skilled opponants and learn alot about yourself and others but it is not easy.
The many hours a day of training, injuries and pain all take its toll.
The best approach is to firstly compete in tournament/ringside events of your chosen style and see how you do. Based on that experiance if you think you have what it takes to make a living out of fighting in the martial arts - go for it.
But do not fall victem to over optimistic thoughts and movies. Making a successful living out of fighting be it in boxing or martial arts is something very few can do. It takes a special kind of person to do it and do it well. The cold truth is most proffesional fighters world wide fight for peanuts - just guys who get smashed for a living. And they are usually people with little other career qualities.
That makes me feel special.
Personally speaking I wouldn't want to fight proffessioanally. Tournaments here and there fine but thats about it.
Hannibal I appreciate the insight. Personally I have no dreams or asperations of fighting professionally myself. hell Im 32 years old with a family. Too damn old. However I have always wondered how the heck people actually get started.
Train hard and do lots of tournaments (and tape them). Then send in your tape to a professional org.
LoL you gotta first have a heart,skill,ego(well most that have some kind,which sells tickets.)
You have to be invovled with the right people
and training for what ever it is you aspire to be....
Being younger helps, to old and you are usally tied down with family obliagtions and makes recovery longer.
This isnt always the case look at randy couture. (Team Quest)
The mans a animal in his 40s!
so yeah just takes a great will.
32 ain't old, but it would make it harder.
****, man. Didn't your daddy ever tell you that you can get anywhere in the world if you're willing to suck enouch cock?
*Wipes mouth while posting proudly.*
If your good enough, in some instances you'll be approached and asked if your interested in fighting. But mostly tournaments, and the like, people there usually have "somone they know" or you can find out online. Once you express an interest then the hard part is letting them know you are for real, establishing a good rep can be tough. (alot of fighters just don't show up to fight) Also start small, you don't want to just jump in with the big boys in a "sink or swim" atmosphere (good for some...baaad for most). Then it's just a matter of finding promoters willing to work with you. IMO the best bet is to talk to your instructor, he has the time and probably the resources to explore that option better (also to let you honestly know whether or not that would be a good thing for you). Then (above all) TRAIN YOUR ASS OFF ALL THE TIME!!! It sucks, but it's the truth. Frank Trigg once said "...a person can never be strong enough, or have enough conditioning..." and that is the total truth. Once you do that, and you are doing everything you can to make yourself better (physically/technically/mentally) there isn't much more you can do. Just show up and fight.
It helps if you can flying heel-hook Jesus in under a minute.
.......damn, I don't think I can top what driscoll said.
*Holds up Professional Fighter Secret Ring to omega*
Pro Fighter Powers... ACTIVATE!!
On a serious note, it's not that hard to fight professionally. Sign up for an MMA school, and train hard. When you and your instructor feel that you're ready, you can start in a local show. Just keep fighting in local shows when they come around, and if you do well enough, you'll move up and the more money you make. Just ask J-Lau about how he's made the transition from getting his first fight to being somewhat of an underground sensation on the fight scene. But just remember... J-Lau still has to take the dogs out when his parents tell him to, just to put things into perspective for ya.
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