The age of heavyweights ruled the world. People from all over the globe traveled to Las Vegas and other popular cities to watch massive, hulking men duke it out in the ring. Now, however, the heavyweight champs are a thing of the past. Few consumers are willing to pay top dollar to watch relatively unknown boxers dance around each other for twelve rounds. This is especially true now that the biggest names in boxing are all lightweights or welterweights.
Surprisingly, however, the thirst for live action has only continued to surge. People may not be watching boxing, but they still appreciate a good cage fight. More viewers are coming to respect the unique challenges of fighters engaging in a mixed, martial arts style. They know that the can see grapplers, boxers, wrestlers and other professionals pit their skills against each other in a challenge that is much strategy and good sense as it is physical strength.
If you want to participate in this sport, you will find that it is surprisingly easy to get into. The training, however, will be long and hard and guaranteed to rip your body to shreds. This involves intense, whole body conditioning in a full-time fashion. You’ll only be given days off to let your muscles repair and get ready for the next, vigorous session.
It is usually best to have a background in some form of free hand fighting such as muay thai, judo, jujitsu or karate. These things involve the intense mental and physical conditioning that you will need to face off with tough competitors. Your new trainer will simply build upon what you’ve already learned by teaching you new elements and showing you how to fight at different elevations.
To get started, spend some time watching mixed martial arts fights to see if these are right for you. All fighters invariably take a beating at some point in time. There is no single fighter that is guaranteed to never meet his match. There are countless, talented individuals out there and they are all thirsty to reach the top.
You will find that this is a lot more full-contact than boxing ever was. While there are still rules, the ring environment is a bit more savage than most are used to seeing for boxing competitors. Hands, kicks, feet and headbutts are used to viciously incapacitate opponents. You cannot be afraid to experience pain. In fact, you almost have to like it a little bit, even if you only enjoy inflicting it on yourself in the gym.
The next and most important step is to find a good coach. Not only should this person have in-ring experience, but he should also have the connections for helping you line up fights when you’re finally ready. This is how you will make a name for yourself and the only way to establish a lucrative career with your fighting skills.
There are countless gyms that currently offer mixed martial arts training. Visiting their websites will let you learn more about the conditioning that this fighting style entails. You can also find out whether a gym has trained any champions and the strategies that they’ll likely use to make a champion out of you.