A Fighters Self-Help Guide To Training Mixed Martial Arts

eCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2009

Whether you enjoy swinging homers in adult coed softball leagues, dunking a basketball in playground full court pickup games or bowling during a Tuesday night Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, former collegiate and high school wrestlers, and other athletes preferring hand-to-hand combat sports rarely have such an opportunity to showcase their talents in a structured manner and train with knowledgeable professionals.

The first rule of training mixed martial arts is you need to want to be a fighter.

For amateur athletes deciding to begin a mixed martial arts career, finding the right place to train, fighting partners to spar with and working for compete coaches, can be a challenging and important first step in a young fighters career.

If you're just starting out, you want to learn good stand-up technique, sound ground-and-pound, and the need for an intense training ethic.

If you've won a small number professional fights and lost only a few, you'll want to gain good sponsorship, hire an agent to contract you big fights and start thinking for a the image you want to portray as a fighter.

To stand above the competition those are what a fighter needs to do.

Avoid Condom Depot sponsor on your trunks.

Consider representing yourself in contract negotiations.

As for fight nicknames, they work for tough guys like Rampage or The Iceman, but not all fighters’ sport nicknames, few carry them well and even fewer define a fighters' own distinct style and personality. 

If you're already well established, you'll want to fight only the best fighters on only the biggest pay-per-views and for the biggest payday.

That's when the UFC and Dana White enter the picture.

There's a big difference between street fighting, which involves unsanctioned backyard brawling in abandoned parking lots or urban sprawl gang-warfare, and mixed martial arts fighting that includes months of strength conditioning and combat training in professionally sanctioned fights.

UFC is synonymous with mixed martial arts, however, UFC refers to a professional sports organization with many MMA fighters from multiple weight classes competing for the ultimate prize of champion.

Any unworthy coward can sneak up from behind someone and sucker-punch them in the face simply because he heard him speak badly about his knocked up girlfriend.

Trust us, no matter how skilled an intimidating a fighter you are, we suggest never punching someone, especially another fighter, over a women—that's not your wife—or you'll likely to be badly injured by a pissed-off boyfriend. And when you're wife bails you out of jail, you'll be wishing you were locked in a cage.

That's why they Dana White locks all male fighters in a house, forcing them to live, train, and sleep mixed martial arts for six months, limiting their contact to friends and family.

Business is bound to pick up in such a frat-like atmosphere.

How long before White's pitching an all-female fighters cast for a brand-new own reality-TV show to Spike TV and crowning the organization's undisputed first female ultimate fighter?

Train her for six months and then get in the ring in front of hundreds of screaming fans—you're sure to have a circus on your hands.

Both male and female fighters train as mixed martial arts fighters.

Are women tough enough to fight professionally?


Are they a big enough draw to merit their own TV show?

Hell yes! Everyone loves a catfight.

Are men tough enough to be mixed martial arts masters?

Sure, but are they really that interesting to watch them on a weekly basis unless they're fighting each other?

All fighters have different expectations for their MMA careers, but not every fighter, whether they come from a wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or kickboxing backgrounds, will become a champion.

Sadly, many do not reach the status of an ultimate fighter for the UFC, WEC or Strike Force, but still train everyday hopefully they become one.

With recent recruits for the Ultimate Fighter Season nine just announced, amateur fighters still learning the ropes can now measure what skills they've learned from their own training against the fighters UFC considers to the upper fighters from all the scheduled open tryouts.

Watching this weekly reality T.V. show gives those other no-name amateur fighters, an opportunity to see what life would be like as a professional fighter in the UFC.

Do they stand a chance for the fame and fortune of an ultimate fighter, or will they continue beating the hell out of themselves for no reason?

How much does fighting mean to them?

Besides the season finale, all fights on The Ultimate Fighter do not count for or against a fighter’s professional record.

The Nevada Athletic Commission sanctions all as exhibition matches, so even if you're one of the lucky ones chosen for the hit show—technically—you won't be fighting professionally.

But since these fighters still work with elite mixed martial arts fighters, respected trainers, and dedicated managers, the life of a pro fighter doesn't sound too bad.

Not to mention whoever earns the title of The Ultimate Fighter, cashes in a six-figure multi-fight contract with the UFC.

Good news for skill amateurs looking to catch a break fast.

Even before TUF 9 debuts on Spike TV in April, tryouts have already begun for Season 10 of the Ultimate Fighter.

No word yet on what three weight classes will be featured, but the open tryouts seek skilled heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight fighters to compete at 225 lbs., 205 lbs., 185 lbs., respectively.

Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Frank Shamrock has announced he's ready to flood an already saturated MMA market with his own reality T.V. show.

Shamrock's crew will follow eight fighters from rookie at these open tryouts all the way to the top of the MMA world. Shamrock expects some of these chosen ones to achieve overnight super stardom and an exclusive Strike Force contract.

To each his own is fair indeed.

Point here being, opportunities exist for skilled amateur fighters to train effectively without all the glitz and glamour of a UFC or Strike Force prize at the end of the journey.

Regional MMA organizations, training camps, volunteer fight clubs, and other fight schools exist in most big cities and even some small towns, all you need to do is know how to Google.

You already know how to fight, how to train and how eat healthy.

You already know your skill level, your determination, and what it will take for you to become an ultimate fighter, a mixed martial arts artist and the master of your own domain.

Mixed marital arts provides increased balance and lateral movement comparable to other sports, and the self-defense skills of mixed martial arts disciplines, such as Muay Thai Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu, that can be learned for different scenarios is extremely beneficial for woman combatants.

Just remember, this is your life and it's ending five minutes at a time.


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