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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-16-2010, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Would you be a full-time fighter?

Everyone knows that the life of a fighter is difficult, to become a professional fighter, you must dedicate a lot of time to your craft.

One question that goes out to those aspiring fighters, how many of you are full-time, and how many have jobs part-time.

For the part-time fighters, what else are you doing to make ends meet? And, if you had the opportunity to become a full-time fighter, would you take it or would you take it?
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-16-2010, 08:31 PM
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I am not a fighter, but my cousin is a fairly decent MMA fighter in the NC circuits which has made me think hard about this kind of question from a health perspective.

Honestly, if someone has an existing career or a good shot at a career using their mind I would seriously think twice about heavy MMA competition due to the potential for scrambling one's eggs. Traumatic brain injury should be a serious concern for someone not looking at a UFC caliber career.

All respect to the people who do it and entertain us, but the middling fighters with other options should consider them.

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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 09:49 AM
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I'm only an aspiring fighter.

I have a "real" job very part time, one or two days a week. I had a fairly lucrative full time job, but I quit that because of how much it was hindering my training.

To make end's meet, I'm living as meagerly as I can, cutting out any expenses that aren't necessary for me right now. I'm even back living at home for the time.

I think there comes a time when you have to cut your losses. So, I'm fighting in March, and if that doesn't play well for me, it's done for me, sadly. If it doesn't work out then, then I'll be looking for a more sincere part time job and going back to school, or simply finding a full time job to work.

If I could train full time, I would undoubtedly go after it.
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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 09:57 AM
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I work full-time and train what some people would consider full-time, it may not be 8 hours a day but it's more then most people train just for the hell of it...

I work 7-3:30 Mon-Fri then train from 4:30-8:30 Mon-Thur, Fri 7-8:30, and Saturday 10:30-12. Mon-Thursday I split my time between two different gyms usually.

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I basically used my student loans on rent, supplements and training and was well on my way to starting out (even being offered a few fights)....then other things kinda got in the way....

....which sucks but it's another adventure I guess.

When my body gets back to some normality I will compete though!!!
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i dont think so.

1. im to much of a *****
2. im to much of a *****
3. i dont have a great ground game.. or well almost any bjj.



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I train full time and am getting fights from promoters ~ every 2 months. I love every bit of it and want to step my training up to an even higher level if possible but options are a little limited where I am so that is why I started my own team and gym. I have financial backing from my gym owner and some really good coaches and instructors joining my program. All in all I love training and being a fighter full time.


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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 09:17 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.

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Randy Couture
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The closest I've ever gotten to competing is my two undergound MMA fights, one of which has no head strikes!

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-19-2010, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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I work full-time and train what some people would consider full-time, it may not be 8 hours a day but it's more then most people train just for the hell of it...

I work 7-3:30 Mon-Fri then train from 4:30-8:30 Mon-Thur, Fri 7-8:30, and Saturday 10:30-12. Mon-Thursday I split my time between two different gyms usually.
GrizzlyBear, that is awesome. Just a question, what kind of occupation do you have, and has there ever been an issue with coming into work with battle scars?
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