Win! How often to you change them?
As biased as I am, I too think that's a solid mix. Sanda has pretty decent striking, but the hands generally suck. Boxing is the solution to that. What's great about Sanda, is that you get really good at catching kicks and using takedowns as counters to strikes. While a Sanda fighter's double leg is nothing to write home about compared to, say, a wrestlers, people aren't ready for those kick-catch takedowns. (I wish that I was better at those, so I could've used it in my last fight.) And of course the submission grappling gives you something to do after that takedown.
Btw, what persuasion of bands do you intend to fill my wagon with? Musical, rubber, or some other kind?
If you want to be good at subs and sweeps, do BJJ. To get off your back, put in some time with wrestlers. There's usually people who crosstrain in wrestling at BJJ schools. What's freestyle striking? Muay Thai practices punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.
Either way, just get into a gym. It doesn't matter what you train, so much as whether or not you train. As long as they do hard sparring and live drilling, you'll be fine.
Thanks! Local pros around here can get paid between $400 to several thousand dollars. I'm still an amateur, though, so I don't get paid anything for fighting. What I do, however, is sell lots of tickets since I make 15% of each ticket I sell. I made 320 from ticket sales in this fight, and I've heard of fighters making up to 1000 from selling tickets. Also, you can try to get small-time sponsors who'll throw you around 100 bucks or so to fight with their clothing. The shorts I was wearing were made by a company that sponsors me.
They've got some awesome stuff. I like how it's well-designed and not cluttered/over the top.
I'm also sponsored by www.butchershopfightgear.com
, though they were banned from that event, so I didn't really get anything from them for fighting.
At first I thought it was silly how some guys hustled so hard for sponsors as just an amateur, but I'm starting to appreciate it since grappling tournaments, gear, and traveling isn't exactly cheap. Yet, it's really tough to improve without making use of those things.
Oh, and I've been training MMA for 3 years. I've been doing various martial arts since I was 9 (so that's like 11 years now), but I was such a weekend warrior that it hasn't really paid off that much. I only trained once or twice a week, and in a lot of styles that weren't relevant to MMA (ie: ninjutsu, kenjutsu, german swordsmanship, kali, aikido, TKD). Boxing was probably the most productive training I did prior to finding my MMA gym, but again, only once a week.
Looking back, I wish I did more boxing and/or Judo when I was younger, or that I wrestled in HS or something.