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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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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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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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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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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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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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Any "opportunity" would involve me travelling ten years back in time, being introduced to the sport of MMA around then, having the drive to be more than mediocre at the various sports I played, then not becoming a rave promoter and computer technician and a drinker through my twenties.

Given all those factors, I do believe I would. I played tons of sports through highschool and I had plenty of natural talent. That alone is not nearly enough to achieve high level of success in pretty much anything, though. You have to have the opportunity, and then the mindset to put in the work to reach your goal, and despite my whole family being athletic I only did most sports because my dad wanted me to.
 

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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.
Hi North, thanks for the reply. what area are you located, and how has it been in finding fights?
 

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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!!!
Hey LizaG, that is crazy, but awesome. I think you really have to sacrifice the things you want in order to get the things you need!

Please let me know how it all pans out for you :)
 

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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.
mroutdoorsman, that's awesome to see someone getting out their dreams. Where are you fighting, and how do you find your fights?
 

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mroutdoorsman, that's awesome to see someone getting out their dreams. Where are you fighting, and how do you find your fights?
Fighting in the Seattle area amateur right now... Gym is based out of Northend Fitness Center in Oak Harbor, WA. Waiting on our new facility to be complete before we can really get things rolling... There we will be getting a cage, bag racks and full set of bags. Full functional fitness room and more... I will get a floor plan of what it will look like and some pics posted of the facility under construction sometime next week in my blog.
 

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I wish I got into Muay Thai earlier instead of at 24! I would have loved to have competed in a few fights just for the hell of it. At the moment with full time work + study on top of that there's little time to train so it's more of a hobby than anything else.
 

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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?
I work in a manufacturing plant doing Inventory Control and shipping/recieving, I do end up in the offices up front a lot but no one has really said anything about the black eyes or anything... the closest "what the hell happened" moment i had here was when i had a mohawk and the GM did a double take and asked if i was drunk when that happened..
 

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Hi North, thanks for the reply. what area are you located, and how has it been in finding fights?
I'm located in the Cleveland area, Ohio. Realistically, it shouldn't be a problem finding fights. There's 62 martial arts places in Cleveland alone, not counting its surrounding cities and such. And even my little city on the outside of Cleveland, there's at least a couple events here. Recently, Ken Shamrock did a seminar at a local gym, and Anderson Silva was a guest at a local event a month or two back or so. The problem I've had though is that as much as I like my teacher (that I've been studying under for the past year or so), he isn't connected to any promotions or promoters. So my fight in March is a kickboxing tournament, but I'm also looking at MMA places in my area that might give me an in to that world.

-North
 

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I'm located in the Cleveland area, Ohio. Realistically, it shouldn't be a problem finding fights. There's 62 martial arts places in Cleveland alone, not counting its surrounding cities and such. And even my little city on the outside of Cleveland, there's at least a couple events here. Recently, Ken Shamrock did a seminar at a local gym, and Anderson Silva was a guest at a local event a month or two back or so. The problem I've had though is that as much as I like my teacher (that I've been studying under for the past year or so), he isn't connected to any promotions or promoters. So my fight in March is a kickboxing tournament, but I'm also looking at MMA places in my area that might give me an in to that world.

-North
It's too bad you're not in my neck of the woods, I could probably help you out with that and some ;)
 
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