Well I can't help with the mma side as all I've ever done is coach and never stepped into a cage but I can lend this advice. I've won a few larger competitions in my time doing BJJ Gi and No Gi and I've got a some what impressive record. However as a white belt I won exactly 1 match in at least five competitions I got smashed a lot. It's just how it is sometimes. But focus on your technical game and keep at it. In my experience as a teacher and a coach the guys who are late to the show but keep the technical side together eventually pass by everyone else.
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