Having seen the amateur/pros in my gym actually fight and regional champs compete on an int'l level I can see the difference...major difference in skill level. THEN you watch the bigger organizations and once again you see a jump in levels.
Point is almost anyone can fight. What's your end goal... Cuz if you want to be at least a regional champ you gotta train pretty much full time. The guys at the gym I trained and sparred with don't do anything else. They work, sleep, train and instruct. It's something I couldn't do although I always fantasized about it. Age, work was the main factor, but mainly the reality. I believe MMA is an easy sport to get into, but the hardest to MAKE IT.
On another note...you're a man child. TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY POUNDS! I'm curious has anybody submitted you with a kimura.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.