MMA Tournaments For Beginners: What You Need To Know?
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has taken the world by storm in the recent years. Seriously, nobody thought the combat sport would attain the status it’s enjoying today!
Even more surprising is the number of folks interested in becoming MMA fighters. It keeps getting bigger each dawn.
Sadly, most of the people do not have anyone one to hold their hands or don’t know the correct process of getting into MMA tournament.
If you’re one of the stranded lots, I’ve prepared this guide to take you through the crucial steps you must follow (and the pitfalls to avoid) in order to become a pro MMA fighter.
How To Become A MMA Fighter
1. Choose your area of focus
The first thing you need to know about mixed martial arts is that it comprises of different arts/disciples.
If you’re interested in the sport, therefore your first step would be choosing what discipline you’d like to focus on.
Later on, you can move to grappling.
Since ground fighting is also part of MMA, you’ll also want to learn the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling
TIP: While some people emphasize on trying to learn all the disciplines together, we strongly recommend you to learn each discipline individually for the best results.
2. Get a trainer
After you’ve decided what you want to focus, you can then go ahead and look for a gym in your area that specializes in Mixed Martial Arts.
With the increased popularity, there are so many gyms and training claiming to offer the ‘best’ of classes. We advise you to take care who you choose to train you as most of them are just using the opportunity to take your money.
To ensure you get the best trainer, you should look around for several gyms and make comparisons. Check the instructions in the gym, more so the lead instructor, and check their profile to see how experienced and a successful training career they had have.
Sites like Yelp and Sherdog can also help you get to know more about the gym you’re eyeing.
Above all, check what classes the gym/trainer you choose offers. You’ll find that some gym concentrates on single martial art such as BJJ while others offer all the MMA arts. If you wish to become a well-rounded fighter, you’ll need to learn all the disciplines.
3. Know what gear you’ll need for training
After securing a gym for your training needs, most of them will give you a list of equipment you’ll need to carry with you to the gum every day of training. Some of the gear enhances your overall training safety while others improve your training.
The most common gear list for MMA fighters comprises of the following:
- Shin guard
- Rash guard
- BJJ Gi
- Mouth guard
- Hand wraps
- Knee pads
- Athletic cups
- Fight shorts, and
- Athletic tape
4. Training Routine
With a trainer and the right gear at hand, all that’s left for you is to begin your training.
For you to accelerate your training curve and become a better fighter quickly, your training routine should involve not just the MMA practices but also additional forms of exercises (your instructor will guide you through this).
Some of the common forms of exercises for MMA fighters include lifting weights, traditional bodybuilding exercises for building muscles, core exercises (e.g., leg raises and planks), to name but a few.
While still on the MMA training routine, you’ll also need to watch your diet. You should start taking a healthy diet that contains plenty of calories. This is important to help sustain you through the demanding exercises in your MMA training.
Besides, you should also focus on taking the anti-inflammatory diet. Why? Because it’ll help prevent injuries as well as long-term joint damages.
5. Participate in local tournaments
When you’ve trained for a long enough period, you can take your newly learned skills to test. You can ask your trainer to hook you up with the locally organized fights.
The main benefit of participating in these fights is that they will give you an idea of what fighting in MMA tournament feels like.
Your trainer will find the perfect match for you- with fighters of similar skill level and the same level of experience- so you don’t have to worry about facing more experienced fighters.
As you continue with your training, participate in as many as local fights as possible. Do your best in each match, learn from your mistakes, and build your experience.
6. Time to get a promoter
Now that you’ve participated in many fights and built your reputation as an amateur fight, it’s time to start getting your name out there.
The best way to do this is visiting a management company to try and secure a management deal. Make sure you go for reputable companies such as Made to Win, First Round Management, MMA Fighter Management, etc.
Keep in mind that management companies only work with winners only. So, if you’ve been winning and winning fights in your matches, your chances of securing a promoter will be higher.
7. Finally, go for the UFC tryout
If you want to take your fight to the Ultimate Fighter level, then you’ll need to participate in UFC tryouts for the Ultimate Fighter.
Though the organization is more of an exclusive club, where you have to be invited, you’ll have nothing to lose if you make it clear to the involved parties that you wish to participate.
Also, you can apply for the Ultimate Fighter reality show—which involves holding tryouts in specific locations yearly.
If you’re interested in becoming an MMA fighter, this guide will show every step you need to follow to get there.
As a quick reminder, always start by deciding if you want to learn only one discipline and learning all the mixed martial arts (and becoming a well-rounded fighter). This will help you pick the right school for your training sessions.
You should also ensure you pick an experienced trainer with a track record and successful raining career.
Above all, you need to understand that you won’t become a pro fighter overnight. Give it your best, remain committed and dedicated to your training, and learn from all your mistakes.