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Old 10-22-2007, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How does a fighter know when he or she is ready for the ring?

That is my question in a nutshell:How does a fighter know when he or she is really ready to turn pro? How does somebody know when they are really ready to enter the ring? It seems to me that,from some of the things that have been posted in this forum, there are some people who are eager to get out there, but it seems to me that from what they are saying, they have not yet achieved the necessary level of mastery of the various techniques of whatever martial art it is that they are studying.I can relate to this personally because as I have said before, I was in bands as a teenager and a young adult in my early twenties, and honestly, I was so eager to get in on the action that I really put myself out there before I was ready and I really would have accomplished more financially, and in terms of general recognition if I had waited and studied more and practiced more and so on.
So my general question is again:Just how does a fighter know if he or she is really ready? Do you agree or disagree with me that perhaps there are people who put themselves out there as fighters and yet perhaps they are not really ready to compete on a professional level yet?
Yes or no?
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I totally agree that there are a number of fighters who move onto the scene far too early. However this is common place in combat sports considering the nature of the sport. A lot of eager people act as "gate keepers" as it were. These eager partially trained individuals do a fantastic job of preventing true amaetur fighters from being decimated by higher entry level competition.

I don't think it's a problem at all on the entry level. Hell, I think it's a good thing. I believe the only way to know when one is ready to enter the ring is through honest assesment of skill from a variety of people. That takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of fighters see the ring as a simple solution.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I totally agree that there are a number of fighters who move onto the scene far too early. However this is common place in combat sports considering the nature of the sport. A lot of eager people act as "gate keepers" as it were. These eager partially trained individuals do a fantastic job of preventing true amaetur fighters from being decimated by higher entry level competition.

I don't think it's a problem at all on the entry level. Hell, I think it's a good thing. I believe the only way to know when one is ready to enter the ring is through honest assesment of skill from a variety of people. That takes a lot of time and effort and a lot of fighters see the ring as a simple solution.
Thank you. I am glad that you agree with me;it seems as though not a lot of people do.Also, I might add in passing:Your response has piqued my interest:
How did you know when you were ready?
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe if you have a training partner who's been competing for a while and who knows where you are techically, physically and mentally, you can ask him, and hopefully he'll answer honestly. I think it might be difficult to figure it out completely on your own.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you. I am glad that you agree with me;it seems as though not a lot of people do.Also, I might add in passing:Your response has piqued my interest:
How did you know when you were ready?
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Heh, I know that I am not ready. I'm a bit of a control freak but i'm actually doing the next month or two off from my MMA gym to focus solely on strength training and conditioning. I have no delusions about myself and I want to make sure that I have done everything possible to optimize the aspects of a fight that are in my control.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Id say a fighter is ready when they dont doubt themselves at all. If you doubt yourself its gonna mess with your head and get you hurt. Gotta know what is waiting in the cage and be %100 you can take it. But I think if someone can take being beat its good to get in there asap if they dont allow themselves to get dominated. The harder the beating the more you learn and are ready for next time. Drills, pads and bag work only gets you conditioned to fight.
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Old 10-24-2007, 03:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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When your trainer(s) think so plus you have to be confident yourself but many people will be worried to much and wait for much longer to compete then needed.

If your trainer(s) think you are ready then perhaps you should start to look into it.

Like Deadpool said, many people start to early so the competitor needs to have patience and not be to worried to have everything perfect before fighting because even Fedor isn't a perfect fighter. Also a fighter needs to be confident but not cocky.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well as for me. I have confidence in myself and i've been told that i'm ready but I just can't handle the idea of not perfecting my game as much as possible. I really don't want to leave anything to chance, so I suppose a lot of this is up to personal choice as well.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How does a fighter know when they are ready to turn pro? Well, I think the answer is a combination of the answers that Judoka and Deadpool have offered. Realistically, it would have to be both of those factors meeting up at the same point.

Firstly, your trainer (especially if they are experienced in handling a professional fighter) should be familiar with the level of skill and performance that is required for a fighter to turn pro. If a trainer knows that their fighter is at an acceptable level of skill, but is not able to perform on a level that is competitive to their prospective opponents they probably won't push to turn them pro. The same goes for the opposite scenario where a fighter can competitively perform well, but their skill level is not up to par with other opponents then they may end up competing but on a low-level only. It's a bit of a balancing act that can't be recognized, neither can it be handled, by the fighter.

The trainer (if they are attentative) is going to be able to objectively and honestly critique and compare their fighter with their competition. It is based off of this that they will be able to know what to concentrate the majority of their training hours to, and develop effective fight plans. In that end, the trainer should be able to make the call as to when a fighter is ready to turn pro.

However, none of this will matter if the fighter themself is confident in their own abilities to fight on a pro level. There are many tough guys in the gym, that never show their abilities outside of the gym. They may not be focused on competing, or they may not want to compete at all. The self-confidence has to be there. You just have to keep in mind that a sense of self-confidence can be real deceiving, thus the reason why a competent trainer needs to be there to keep their fighter's feet planted on the ground.

If all things meet, then you should have a scenario that indicates you are ready to go pro.
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