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4/23/07 12:52 PM
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supercan
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Well, I'll get right to the point. I am 31 yrs. old, in pretty good shape, fairly athletic, and a HUGE fan and student of boxing and MMA. I, however, do not train formally, nor have I ever trained formally. I have done some basic boxing sparring and that's it. Here's the bottom line. I have a dream to have one fight. Just one. It doesn't matter if I win or lose. Just an amateur MMA fight or boxing match. I want to be able to say that this was a goal I accomplished in my life. How can I accomplish this goal? Where do I start? Thanks for the help, UG brethren.
4/23/07 12:53 PM
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first you need to decide which you want to fight in MMA or boxing
4/23/07 12:54 PM
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Go for it. You'll be a super can.
4/23/07 12:55 PM
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supercan
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I would prefer MMA.
4/23/07 12:55 PM
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I fought once...I will never do it again, but I am glad I did it
4/23/07 12:56 PM
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YVES JOCKSTRAP
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Where do you live? You should at least get some ground training in, its stupid to jump in with just boxing. If you don't have the extra money to spend to join a gym, invite anyone you know who does BJJ/wrestling/judo to a place where you can train and have them teach you as much as they can. Ask them to corner you for your fight, they will be very happy/honored that you asked them to do so and will work to make sure you won't at least die as soon as it hits the ground. Download a lot of instructionals, practice the techniques with people you know. If you have basic boxing and a good sprawl you can do fairly ok at the amateur level. Of course the best thing to do would be to join an MMA gym and tell the coach that you one day want to compete.
4/23/07 12:58 PM
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An amatuer MMA event with no ground training will be tough for you. An amatuer boxing match with 16oz gloves and headgear might be the way you should go.
4/23/07 1:01 PM
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supercan
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I live in Loveland, CO. I'm about 50 miles from Denver. I think there are some MMA gyms in the areas Most just seem too far to really get involved in regularly. I noticed that Noah Thomas from the TUF5 lives in Ft. Collins which is just a few minutes up the road from me. Anyone know where he trains? Why do I even have this strong desire? Perhaps I should go to the "Girl Won't Except Fighter Lifestyle" thread to try to learn more about the motivation. I've just noticed lately that when I'm out I want to fight people. I've never been one to pick street fights. So, I'm trying to unleash this desire in a healthy way.
4/23/07 1:01 PM
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"Insult Ziplokk a few times or piss on a cre thread or 4. You will get a fight offer with pay and you will get your one fight, well, probably not, but you can hope." Ziplokk's name will be changed to BispingsTinyDancer soon... Supercan, Where are you from?
4/23/07 1:02 PM
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supercan
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Anyone near Denver that can help me out?
4/23/07 1:03 PM
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supercan
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If there isn't a gym close enough for me to go to regularly, I would be willing to pay someone for their time to help me.
4/23/07 1:04 PM
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Supercan, Where do you live? You may need to move to start training with a team that puts fighters in events frequently so you can leverage that factor to get you a fight. Something like American Top Team, Team Quest, Miletich, et al If you start training with one of these teams I'm sure you can get a fight after 6-12 months. Whether you win is a different question
4/23/07 1:05 PM
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supercan
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Thanks, Eric. Good advice. I definitely don't want to be foolish and think I'm better than I am.
4/23/07 1:07 PM
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You will need to leverage the team or gym name to even be considered by any event since are a nobody and will have a limited amount of training.
4/23/07 1:08 PM
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supercan
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Can't move right now. Going through a divorce and need the job I have. DENVER anyone?
4/23/07 1:10 PM
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"since are a nobody and will have a limited amount of training." I'm a nobody? Damnit, I knew my mom was lying to me while growing up!
4/23/07 1:24 PM
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American Mixed Martial Arts 339 8th St Se Loveland, CO 80537 (970) 461-7788 It's not a top gym but it's a place to start. If that gym cannot get you a fight in 6 months you will need to keep training until you can move.
4/23/07 1:31 PM
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supercan
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Thanks, CHL. I'll check that place out. It's not like I'm going to become a pro fighter or anything. I just want to have a fight. Something with spectators. Maybe I'll show up at AKA and try to fight Koscheck.
4/23/07 1:33 PM
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If you were a black belt you could fight in the Sabaki Challenge in Denver, if they are still holding them every year. I fought in it at heavyweight back in the day, it was fun as hell. Its full contact, no pads. I also fought in some small, dangerous full contact events, not the smartest thing I have ever done. So, train for a few years, get that black belt, you are in....( I'm so much help, aren't I?)
4/23/07 1:34 PM
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Supercan, you've got to get in a gym and train. I think just training & sparring alone might be what you need.
4/23/07 1:36 PM
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supercan
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What advice can you guys give as far as what to start with. Standing, sprawl, TD defense, Sub defense? In other words, what training regimen would prepare me the fastest? I mean I think I've got more natural grappling ability in my pinky than Check Kongo has in his giant body! (just joking) How do you know "when" you are ready? (Damn I sound like the fuckin' Karate Kid or something!)
4/23/07 1:54 PM
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start training in everything you can. boxing, thai boxing, wrestling, judo, jiu jitsu.. whatever they offer. be patient. id train for a couple years. why the rush? youre 31.. whats the difference if you get your first fight next year at 32, or in a couple years when you are 33 or 34 and much more prepared.
4/23/07 1:55 PM
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I'm afraid I won't be "ready" before I'm too old.
4/23/07 2:02 PM
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I would have thought your nearest MMA gym would have details of local shows or events that its fighters have fought on. Surely it is eventually aiming to train a team of successful fighters, thereby requiring them to start at smaller, local shows. If you can go there to train, ask the instructors.

If you haven't already, perhaps try http://www.fightresource.com for your nearest school(s).

4/23/07 2:55 PM
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LMFAO @ me not being the only person who feels this way!!! I am 37, and I am blue belt in BJJ, won several 1st place grappling tournaments and also training Muay Thai 2 times a week since the early 90's with Alex Gong... I feel like I HAVE to step into the cage at least once, win or lose... otherwise I will be kicking myself until the day I die....
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