I have been given the opportunity of fighting in a new mma event in New Zealand, which will be televised with the best fighters going on to compete in a tv series similar to the competitor, but much more budget. The problem is that there are no weight grades apart from the fact that all fighters must be under 85kgs (187 pounds). The lightest fighters apart from me will be weighing around the 72kg mark (158 pounds), and I weigh 62kg (136 pounds). I have been told that I would be paired up fighting against the next lightest fighter, but I think it would be a stretch. Would you reccomend I go for it, or save myself the humiliation and call it quits? Ten pounds wouldnt worry me, but I am a bit unsure about fighting people a minimum of 20 pounds heavier than me.
is this the event in september?
Going by your other thread, I would say no. You have little submission training and no striking. Plus you'll be the smallest guy there by 20 lbs? Sounds like a recipe for getting your **** ruined.
I do have sub experience and striking experience through a informal training group, I have been punched, and thrown punches and although I am not awesome by any means, I am moderately comfortable in a striking enviornment. My opponents will all be amateurs as am I, and the striking is rather limited. I fully expect the fight to make it to the ground, my real concern isnt whether I win or not, my concern is being completely outmuscled on the ground rendering any technique I try relatively useless. Losing doesnt bother me, but losing in record time in a humiliating way on TV would concern me. I have sparred with guys much bigger tham myself regularly, as I am often the smallest in any given group, but I worry about the difference between fighting these guys in a competitive enviornment, as opposed to the relatively uncompetitive 'mates trying to destroy each other on the mat' that I am used to.
The link to the event is http://www.primetime.co.nz/rules_for_primetime_events.htm
It's not really an MMA event. Sounds pretty safe overall, actually. If your submission experience is rolling around with other dudes in an informal setting and a little judo I'd expect you to get subbed awfully quick. But at least you won't suffer brain damage.
those are some fucked up rules. sounds like a grappling event not MMA.
just looked at the people putting it up (MANIA). I know some of the ladies who train there and while they have definitely cleaned up their act they are still, to be quite honest, very rough round the edges when it comes to putting on events and tend to be somewhat naive. i could not tell you what to expect going into this, but hell if i had any kind of grappling ability i would jump at a chance to say HI MUM on tv.
oh and the amateur thing doesnt mean ****. do you know of any professional MMA fighters or grapplers in new zealand because i sure don't. keep that in mind, every grappler in new zealand pretty much could be considered an amateur.
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