Get 2 good sets of gloves...boxing/MT and open palm grappling/competition gloves. Also buy hand wraps and learn to use them properly...there is nothing workse than a wrist injury when you start out. I would also recommend head gear. I have invested quite a bit of money on gear and it pays off every time you train. Save cash and get it as you go.
Fighters I enjoy watching:
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Joe Rogan NutHugger...and proud of it