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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-20-2010, 08:04 PM
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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?

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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)

It took me 6 bouts before i got noticed but if you look good enough and the word is spread on how good you look, you could be offered a contract after your second or third fight.

It can happen either way. The Belmar promotion came looking for me but there are some promotions you can actually apply for believe it or not such as the Alaskan fighting club... i think thats the name of it?

I earned 1000 dollars overall in a fairly simple one fight contract. Its not until you get to a big organization where you have to look out for anything tricky.
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Well as an aspiring fighter I only train "part-time." That is to say I work to supplement my training. But when I look at it: I work 8 hours a day, I'm awake 18 hours a day. That's 10 total hours before and after work where I'm more than able to workout. Its just a matter of actually working out for as much of those 10 hours as I can, and still having something describable as a social life.

I make enough working to pay any bills I may have and to put some away for the future. Also they offer health insurance where I work, I declined it this year, but next year I may take it. Frankly, if at my current training level I can compete successfully, why change it? If it ain't broke don't fix it right?

For now I'm training to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio in American Kickboxing. If I can succeed there, and develop a legitimate amateur record, I can move on to bigger and better things, i.e, serious grappling training, and innevitably MMA. If I fail miserably there, the only option is to go back to the drawing board to reassess my abilities, and my motivation. Like I said before if I can succeed at my current training level I won't change it, however, epic failing during competition is what I would define as being "broke" so at that point I very well might become what's more appropriately described as a "full-time" fighter and work even less, just enough to keep my "I'm broke and need fixedid" insurance!



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I'm just an MMA fan. Its embarrassing, but I've basically never been good at any sport I played. I was OK at lacrosse for a while, but never really dominated. AKA, I'd never actually set foot in a fight. I just like to sit back and observe, making sometimes snarky comments =p
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Yeah I am more of a fan than a fighter but I have tried it. Though as I've mentioned before I'm just basing this on my underground experience!

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Well as an aspiring fighter I only train "part-time." That is to say I work to supplement my training. But when I look at it: I work 8 hours a day, I'm awake 18 hours a day. That's 10 total hours before and after work where I'm more than able to workout. Its just a matter of actually working out for as much of those 10 hours as I can, and still having something describable as a social life.

I make enough working to pay any bills I may have and to put some away for the future. Also they offer health insurance where I work, I declined it this year, but next year I may take it. Frankly, if at my current training level I can compete successfully, why change it? If it ain't broke don't fix it right?

For now I'm training to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio in American Kickboxing. If I can succeed there, and develop a legitimate amateur record, I can move on to bigger and better things, i.e, serious grappling training, and innevitably MMA. If I fail miserably there, the only option is to go back to the drawing board to reassess my abilities, and my motivation. Like I said before if I can succeed at my current training level I won't change it, however, epic failing during competition is what I would define as being "broke" so at that point I very well might become what's more appropriately described as a "full-time" fighter and work even less, just enough to keep my "I'm broke and need fixedid" insurance!
Squirrelfighter, I think that's great what you're doing. To be honest, I know a lot of people who are in the same situation, and I have found that those who stay focused usually can maintain a job while also training.

You bring up a good item to be addressed though, and I have seen this from others.

Are there any other setbacks that can hold fighters back from making the transition from "part-time" to "full-time" fighter, i.e. family, social-life, money? Is there a tipping point for you guys?
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Yeah I'd have to be fulltime in order to fight!

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