A lot of people are fans of many sports, in particular, sports consisting of combat such as boxing and MMA. Some are active practitioners who work hard in order to begin doing it professionally. It’s not easy to do but with the proper guidance, discipline etc., you’ll be on your way to becoming well known in the fighting industry.
This part is essential. You can’t become a fighter if you don’t train. If you think you can, then you’re just kidding yourself. The training involved should consist of endurance training with cardio and strength, plus plyometrics, flexibility, drills with the respective fighting techniques and more. You can do jump rope, jogging, running, weight lifting, yoga, meditation, circuit training and beyond.
Going over drills is important so you can get better when it comes to different techniques and maneuvers that is normally seen in your respective sport whether it be boxing or MMA.
Boxing – In boxing you learn different moves such as the uppercut, jab, right cross, hook, and you also learn different moves for defense like the slip, bob and weave, clinch, cover up, rope-a-dope and more.
MMA – In MMA you learn ground and pound techniques, striking, take downs, submission techniques, armbar techniques, different ways to use the clinch and much more.
These moves are important and essential so master them and don’t take them for granted. If done the right way, you’ll master all of your fights.
The proper nutrition plays a huge role in becoming a fighter, because with any combat sport, you have to focus on maintaining a certain weight for your weight class. If you don’t stick to a proper eating habit you’ll fail to make weight, and no one is going to take you seriously for fights. Besides, it’s important to be healthy no matter what your sport is. So always have proper nutrition incorporated into your daily lifestyle.
Every fighter should have a coach that can help you kick your training up a notch. You want to be the best that you can be and so you’ll get further than you would if you were training alone.
Having a manager is essential because they can help motivate you and give you the proper guidance as well as having a coach. A manager can also help you get fights which can aid you into building an ammy (amateur) record. This is necessary so you can gain experience and exposure, and in turn, this will help you to get sponsors for becoming pro.
Every fighter needs to stay on top of his or her game and with a lot of training comes plenty of rest. You can’t stay energetic for training and fights if you’re out lollygagging all night. So getting plenty of sleep is highly important.
One of the most important things to remember is not every professional fighter is automatically going to be notable or well known. There are plenty of fighters that are not part of huge divisions like the UFC, Invicta, or Bellator so don’t expect that just because you’re trying to break out in this industry. It takes a lot to end up becoming a part of huge divisions but if you work hard at becoming pro, you never know what can happen. So always believe in yourself no matter what happens, and be grateful for how far you’ve gotten rather than be discouraged at how far you have left to go. Not everyone makes a success in this industry, but it helps to always have a positive attitude and be the best that you can be.