What It Takes To Become a Professional MMA Fighter
Do you think you have what it takes to become a professional MMA fighter?
Well, if you think you do, be sure to scroll down below for a check list and see if you actually are qualified to go toe-to-toe with the pros inside the octagon cage!
- Mental toughness. Call it whatever you want to call it, but you have to be that type of person who’s comfortable being uncomfortable. The sort of person who knows how to push through pain, physical punishment and can break his own limits when it comes to physical exhaustion. Not only that, but be a person that’s able to do that every day without getting mentally exhausted.
- Physical fitness. Training in MMA is not easy. It takes a huge toll on your body and you’ll have to be ready to take more than just a few cuts, hits and bruises along the way. You also have to be physically aware of your limit and not always try to break through it as it may lead to injury.
- Willingness to sacrifice. To be a pro MMA fighter, you have to sacrifice a lot of things. From giving up sleeping late at night to be able to wake up early in the morning, to eating right, to skipping other activities for training, and so on and so forth. Though, the biggest sacrifice could probably be the sacrifice of having to put on hold some of your life’s goals to pursue your passion. It may or it may not be worth it in the end, and the only way that you would know is if you’re willing to sacrifice.
- Along with mental awareness and strength is also your mental capacity. You have to be a quick study. You have to learn how to pick up stuff quickly because this skill will come in useful in the middle of the fight. Remember, it’s not the bigger and stronger fighter that wins the fight, it’s usually the one who’s smarter.
- You can’t just be a professional MMA fighter on your own. It takes time, effort, money and most important of all, support from the right people. You need people to train you, people to spar with, people to jog with and people who will push you to your limits to see what you’re made of. If you don’t have those people, then the road to becoming a PRO fighter will become much harder.
- A background in martial arts. You just can’t pursue MMA from the get go and expect to succeed. While that’s possible, it’s better if you’re well-versed in other martial arts as well, such as Judo, Taekwondo, BJJ, or Muay Thai.
There you have it, a check list of things that you’ll need to become a professional MMA fighter. True, it’s not definitive, but I’d be lying if I said that all these qualities are necessary.
Now, if you still think you have what it takes, then give yourself 3 to 4 years to train and try your hands in amateur fights. By then, you should have a clear idea of whether or not professional MMA fighting is your calling or not.