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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 11:15 AM
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My hat is off to anyone that trains...period. I'm a spectator only and I respect those that devote themselves fulltime to a craft/sport/way-of-life that I cannot. I'll be 30 next month and even though I'm a naturally strong guy, I'm too old to start getting beat up in a gym and too old put my wife and kids through the rigors and uncertainty of gambling my full time job on the success of cagefighting paying our bills. I wish that I could've gotten into MMA as a participant while I was in high school instead of just as a fan, so all of you that train and/or fight full time have my respect.
You're not too old. I started training at 42, 2 yrs. ago and have a "professional" job in an office. I cannot show up to work with shiners and battle scars. Just cause you train doesn't mean you need to fight, or even spar for that matter if you don't want to.

Seriously, if you have any interest in learning this stuff, give it a try or at least visit a MMA gym and watch a couple classes. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions.
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If I was younger, I would absolutely ask my teacher to get me an amateur fight. A few people at my gym have told me I should do this. However, I am only able to even consider it because my husband has a good job and sees that I'm applying for job after job myself, with no luck.

However, my gym does not encourage female fighters, unless they are already in superlative shape (personal trainers) and an employee of the gym.

My attitude is "Train me like a competitor, and you'll get one," but for the moment I just want to continue to work up to where I can be a worthy training partner, for men as well as women.


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Hey LizaG, that is crazy, but awesome. I think you really have to sacrifice the things you want in order to get the things you need!

Please let me know how it all pans out for you
Thanks hon currently I just need to worry about shooting this person out of me lol....the opportunity may come up again xxx

If not, I still have the training videos to show my kid his/her Mummy was a tough b*tch lol
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As soon as i graduate college im going into fighting full time. I currently made the transition into becoming a pro fighter but having to go to school makes this very difficult for me. Ive had one pro fight which ive won but it was an eye opener. I thought i could get by with an hour a day of training stand up... boy was i was wrong. A minute into the fight i realized the different degree of training he had put in and rocked me back to back to back times. If i didnt have a good high school wrestling background i would have lost. I had to do the unhonorable lay and pray for the rest of the fight to capture the decision. Its a horrible feeling to go into a fight thinking youre prepared and realize you arent even close.
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If I was younger, I would absolutely ask my teacher to get me an amateur fight. A few people at my gym have told me I should do this. However, I am only able to even consider it because my husband has a good job and sees that I'm applying for job after job myself, with no luck.

However, my gym does not encourage female fighters, unless they are already in superlative shape (personal trainers) and an employee of the gym.

My attitude is "Train me like a competitor, and you'll get one," but for the moment I just want to continue to work up to where I can be a worthy training partner, for men as well as women.
Swp.. from what I've read in your training log, and for how long you've been doing this stuff, IMO you would be a great training partner. You'd probably run my ass into the ground LOL. I personally think it sucks that your gym doesn't encourage female fighters. I've sparred, grappled, and learned alot from female fighters, both ammy and pro. You guys are tough!! If you have the desire and ability to compete, you should be able to..
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As soon as i graduate college im going into fighting full time. I currently made the transition into becoming a pro fighter but having to go to school makes this very difficult for me. Ive had one pro fight which ive won but it was an eye opener. I thought i could get by with an hour a day of training stand up... boy was i was wrong. A minute into the fight i realized the different degree of training he had put in and rocked me back to back to back times. If i didnt have a good high school wrestling background i would have lost. I had to do the unhonorable lay and pray for the rest of the fight to capture the decision. Its a horrible feeling to go into a fight thinking youre prepared and realize you arent even close.
MMAnWEED, that's awesome, great to hear that you have set goals for yourself, and know where you want to be. So have you been fighting on a local circuit, in NJ I suppose?

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Thanks hon currently I just need to worry about shooting this person out of me lol....the opportunity may come up again xxx

If not, I still have the training videos to show my kid his/her Mummy was a tough b*tch lol
LizaG, hahaha, so I'm guessing the setback is being mommy? Well, first congratulations, I don't think if there's anything to hold you back, this is one of the best reasons.

Out of curiousity, it says you're in London, how is the fight scene out there for women?

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LizaG, hahaha, so I'm guessing the setback is being mommy? Well, first congratulations, I don't think if there's anything to hold you back, this is one of the best reasons.

Out of curiousity, it says you're in London, how is the fight scene out there for women?
The fight scene is slow, building up though thanks to girls like Rosi Sexton and Aisling Daly getting some Bellator-love I used to train down Pancrase London for a while (Jess Liaudins gym) till it closed. So there are a lot of gyms that are starting to encourage us girls to throw some leather too

But yeah, thanks for the congrats sweetie xxx once the bubby is settled and my body gets back it's normal dimensions (lol) all should be back on track xxx
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MMAnWEED, that's awesome, great to hear that you have set goals for yourself, and know where you want to be. So have you been fighting on a local circuit, in NJ I suppose?
Thanks dude. Yea my amateur fights were all in different fight clubs. I moved up and signed a 1 fight contract in this small pro promotion in Belmar. I'm waiting to continue my fight career in hopefully bigger promotions like the Ring of Combat or the WCF when i graduate but ill continue to train well until then.
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Quick Question, typically how many amateur fights (presumeably wins) are required before a low level promotion starts knocking. Does everyone wait for a promotion to come to you or is there a way to accelerate the process? Thanks boys.

Also, my primary motivation is definitely the competition. But, I was wondering what type of payments people get in there first couple bouts? Are the contracts pretty basic or is there something to look out for?

Thanks

BTW, I have just begun training hard (everyday with purpose). I am nowhere close to being able to confidently enter a ring, but I do plan on getting there within the next year. Despite having a good job and always being more of a intellectual person, I would absolutely train full-time if I could match my current earnings (have to provide for the wife)
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actually i suspend my previous post in thread.

by "fighter" i assumed mma fighter. i think i could do some boxing or kickboxing full-time if i wanted.



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