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5 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a MMA Fighter

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So, you want to be a MMA Fighter? There are a few things you should know first.

  1. Embarrassment is Your Biggest Motivation

Regardless of how skilled you are, there will be a time when you lose and feel embarrassed. I’ll never forget when I had to fight someone much younger and smaller than I was. I thought it was going to be an easy win. Five seconds later, I was unexpectedly manhandled. My opponent won, and I felt an overwhelming amount of embarrassment. So much so, that for I second I contemplated whether or not I wanted to continue fighting. That’s when I realized I needed to work on my presence and skill so I would never feel embarrassed like that again.

  1. Mentality is Just as Important as Physicality

Of course physicality is important if you want to be a MMA fighter, but you should also have the right mentality. You need to have a desire to win and have the confidence that you can easily achieve that. Also, you have to believe in your physicality and skills. If you step into a match and truly believe you can get your opponent to tap easily, it is most likely going to become a reality.

  1. Understand Showmanship

If you really want to stand out and become a fan favorite, then understand and work on your showmanship. Ultimately, MMA fighting is entertainment. People watch matches to be entertained. So, give them a show. Even if you end up being labeled as a “bad guy” that people “love to hate”, you’ll still be successful.

  1. Expect to Get Injured

You will get injured at least once in your career. This is normal, completely okay, and shouldn’t discourage you. Instead of being fearful, raise your mentality up. Often, your body heals by itself.

For some reassurance, know that football players get injured more than MMA fighters, and their sport isn’t focused on fighting.

  1. It Doesn’t Hurt as Much as You Would Expect

Well, it doesn’t hurt as much as you would expect during an actual fight. After a fight, it’s another story. But during a fight, your adrenaline is so high you won’t be able to feel any pain. Once you go home and relax for the night, you’ll probably begin to feel sore. But, that’s just part of the job.

Josh Davis

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