Monday, 23 June 2008

How do I Become a UFC Fighter

Almost every time I go on to Yahoo Answers I see the question, “how do I become a UFC fighter” or “how much do I need to train to become a professional MMA fighter”. Many martial artists think that it’s an easy task to reach the top or to be able to fight in the cage. Well I’m afraid it takes a little bit more than you think to become the best.

Firstly you have to train in martial arts diligently. To get good you train 2 times a week, but to get great you train 6 days a week, leaving a day for rest. You have to train hard, with full focus whilst maintaining a burning desire to succeed. Even when you get bored of training, (which WILL happen every now and then) you have to push yourself harder and harder because this is what it takes to be the best.

Aside form the countless hours of martial arts practise, you must also build your body in order to take the demands needed for fighting. This means you have to work out with weights in order to build strength in your muscles but more importantly you have to enhance your cardiovascular endurance to its peak. You can be the greatest martial artist in the world but if you do not have the strength and endurance to last 5, 5 minute rounds of striking and grappling your skills shall not show and you will not get very far.

As you can see, training involves a lot of demand which would mean a lot of commitment and time. It may be that you have a job, or you go college or school. To fit your training around your other commitments you may have to get up an hour or two earlier to train, or instead of going out with your friends on a Saturday night, you may have to find the determination to hit the gym instead. You wont like it, but this is what it takes to be the best.

You shall also have to become committed to restarting certain food types. Training hard is one thing, but destroying your hard training through a poor diet is another and you shall have to watch what you eat from now on I’m afraid.

As you can see, the money and fame which pro MMA fighters achieve is really attractive, but please also understand that a lot of lot of hard disciplined work is needed to achieve it. If you thing you have what it takes, then go for it and good luck to you.


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