A guide to becoming an MMA fighter
October 22, 2018
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become famous in recent times, thanks to the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The prize money and fame in UFC have reached such crazy levels that a lot of men are getting interested in becoming a professional MMA fighter.
But what does it take to become a good MMA fighter?
As the name says, MMA is not just one discipline, but a mixture of multiple fight formats. And since it is a full contact combat sport, be ready to experience a world of pain. If this does not sound like you, go find another sport.
Here are the key ingredients to becoming a successful MMA fighter.
Many martial artists become MMA fighters because of the discipline they gained over years of martial arts practice. For the first few years, all your time will be spent in training, practice and rest. You won’t have time for anything else. You can’t take a job on the side or spend time in other activities. It takes a certain level of discipline to condition yourself mentally to this sport. Nothing short of absolute dedication will do.
- Mental Toughness
MMA fighters are the fittest athletes in the world. Along with that, they are also mentally tough. Full contact fighting requires a lot of heart, motivation and grit. The ability to withstand punishment and pain is a given the sport. So being mentally ready for the grind is very important.
- Physical Toughness
MMA is a physical sport and a painful one at that. A background in wrestling or other full-contact martial arts will be an advantage. You will need to spend at least 4-6 hours a day, for years to get good at the sport. Overtrain and you will injure yourself and undertrain and you won’t be fit enough for a fight. It is a constant struggle to find a balance between the two and there is no place for excuses. Be prepared to reach the limit of your physical potential.
- Support system
Although an MMA fighter is on his own in the fight cage, he needs a support system to learn and fight. Plus, since this sport needs absolute dedication, as a fighter you will also need someone to sponsor and support you financially. You also need help in taking care of your injuries, diet and training. These are hard in the beginning stages.