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Old 12-31-2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to make a living before i enter UFC?

so I'm a boxer right now and im 15 years old. I was going to become an amateur boxer then professional, but then I decided to become an MMA fighter. After I'm done training for a long time with boxing, i'm planning to move onto a jiu jitsu or mma gym. But by that time, i will be old enough to live by myself. Do i have to join strikeforce or a fighting organization and make money through that before i can get a chance to join the UFC?
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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If you plan on training and only training you probably won't be moving anywhere anytime soon...

You still have years and years of training before you should even consider going pro mate...

When you start off at age 15 a bigger promotion (Not SF or UFC) is very unlikely, but if it were to happen for you it's still at least 9-10 years away...

Making it into SF or UFC is a one in a million chance, it's like winning the lottery... Of the few hundred fighters employed by Zuffa ATM, tens of thousands don't make it...

Look at how many people show up for TUF auditions, 5-800 people each and every time... And that's just in the states...

My advice to you is - stay in school, get an education and let MMA be a hobby - seriously
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you plan on training and only training you probably won't be moving anywhere anytime soon...

You still have years and years of training before you should even consider going pro mate...

When you start off at age 15 a bigger promotion (Not SF or UFC) is very unlikely, but if it were to happen for you it's still at least 9-10 years away...

Making it into SF or UFC is a one in a million chance, it's like winning the lottery... Of the few hundred fighters employed by Zuffa ATM, tens of thousands don't make it...

Look at how many people show up for TUF auditions, 5-800 people each and every time... And that's just in the states...

My advice to you is - stay in school, get an education and let MMA be a hobby - seriously

Great advice!

Personally, I wouldn't get too hung up on being a 'UFC Fighter' and just train hard, learn Boxing/Thai/BJJ/Wrestling. Compete in local shows if you want but at the age of 15, you NEED to get a good education. there is no reason why you cant train hard AND study hard at the same time.

You are young, just enjoy your training. When you are a bit older, maybe the oportunity to fight on bigger shows/ for bigger orgs may arrise but dont expect it to just come to you. you are gonna have to seriously put the work in.

good luck though.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Join a mma gym, if you're good enough your coaches will set you up in a few amateur fights to see how you deal with fight pressure.
If you do well, perhaps you can have a future in it.
Right now, you are a very young person, so that dream of yours may very well happen if you work hard and if you have the natural talent inherent in those who aspire to reach UFC.
Since you are a boxer right now, focus on that, takedown defense and BJJ defense to your game to start with.
Watch (over and over) as many fights of mma fighters that utilize that kind of approach (JDS, Rampage, etc) and absorb as many knowledge possible while doing it.

Meanwhile if you want to guarantee a future for yourself and your family to be, make sure you give your self a proper education. If you don't have the brains or money to make trough superior education, do a professional course of some kind (don't know how they're called there in the US) to make sure you give yourself a profession. Not having a profession and looking for random jobs that pay shit is really a nasty way of living, believe me you don't want that for yourself, i've been there so i know. Took me a few years to learn that.

Anyway, you're 15 yo. You are very young and it is perfectly possible that you achieve your goal of becoming a UFC fighter. I wish i had discovered mma at 15 instead of discovering it at 28, i'm currently 33.

Good luck pal
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Join a mma gym, if you're good enough your coaches will set you up in a few amateur fights to see how you deal with fight pressure.
If you do well, perhaps you can have a future in it.
Right now, you are a very young person, so that dream of yours may very well happen if you work hard and if you have the natural talent inherent in those who aspire to reach UFC.
Since you are a boxer right now, focus on that, takedown defense and BJJ defense to your game to start with.
Watch (over and over) as many fights of mma fighters that utilize that kind of approach (JDS, Rampage, etc) and absorb as many knowledge possible while doing it.

Meanwhile if you want to guarantee a future for yourself and your family to be, make sure you give your self a proper education. If you don't have the brains or money to make trough superior education, do a professional course of some kind (don't know how they're called there in the US) to make sure you give yourself a profession. Not having a profession and looking for random jobs that pay shit is really a nasty way of living, believe me you don't want that for yourself, i've been there so i know. Took me a few years to learn that.

Anyway, you're 15 yo. You are very young and it is perfectly possible that you achieve your goal of becoming a UFC fighter. I wish i had discovered mma at 15 instead of discovering it at 28, i'm currently 33.

Good luck pal
thanks and great advice
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Have a few boxing matches - much better money than early level mma fights. Most of the guys i train with go to a boxing gym as well any good mma fighter works on his boxing and its a decent little boost to your bank if you take a few fights.
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