How to Fight in MMA & When To Switch From Amateur To Professional

In boxing, it is common for young fighters to move up from amateur to professional too quickly. This often leads to the fighter being overmatched in the pros and eventually quitting or suffering serious injury. Professionalism should be earned. You don’t have to go pro when you turn 18 just because your friends think it’s cool.

Many years of training and experience are required before becoming a professional. Here are some things to consider before you make the switch from being an amateur and becoming a professional too soon.

Brima Kamara’s Insight

Starting something new, especially martial arts, is exciting and fulfilling. However, being a martial artist and living as a martial artist is not about a title or fighting. It’s about love, discipline, and commitment. Many people think that being a martial artist is about just fighting. This is not the case. I’ve seen kids who have already turned 18 start to compete in mixed martial arts.

I’ve also seen kids who started in the 6th grade begin to compete in mixed martial arts at the national level. First, you have to understand what a martial artist is. You can’t be a martial artist until you’ve received a black belt in karate, jujitsu, or wrestling and earned a black belt in your weapon of choice.

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Fighting in Amateur Matches

There’s something great about fighting on amateur shows. You can feel free to be more aggressive with the strikes, kicks, elbows, etc. You know that these people care about your safety. You’re in the right environment to try these new things out. You’re also in an environment that isn’t really professional at all.

These fighters are not receiving big paydays. Some do this because they love the sport and don’t have to go through rigorous training and strict dieting to get to a competitive level. If you think about it this way, it’s probably not worth making a move from amateur to pro. The Pros: Some people can’t get enough of the adrenaline of fighting. They don’t mind taking a loss because it’s all worth it to them to get in the ring.

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In Brimaa’s Own Words

When I had been an amateur fighter for two year only people would often ask me, when I would become a professional fighter. By this point, I’d won a handful of non professional championships. People began to perceive me as a “skilled” and “promising” athlete. As much as I was impressed by these inquiries, I had no plans to become a professional at that particular time. I’m not saying I wasn’t physically capable, but I had and still have a life goal of becoming one of the best fighters of all time.

I had almost 50 bouts as an amateur before becoming a professional fighter with approximately eight years of fighting experience. Throughout my amateur career, I have won 20 championships, including 5 World titles, in a variety of forms, including MMA, Muay Thai and K-1.

I also participated in a variety of weight classes ranging from 154 to 180 pounds. I was asked more times than I can recall when I was going to start fighting as a professional. The nicest thing that has occurred since becoming a professional is that I no longer have to answer that question.

That may seem spectacular to some, but when compared to many of the amateur careers of many of the greatest fighters of all time, notably in boxing, it isn’t all that remarkable—even going back to the early days of Willie Pep and Sugar Ray Robinson Before turning professional, those phenomenal guys had over one hundred amateur fights. Even today’s best boxers, such as Gennady Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko, have around 400 amateur matches for both of them.

An Exception

Amateur Muay Thai fighters from Thailand usually have over a hundred fights before they are thirty because Thailand does not have a circuit for amateurs. Fighting as a professional can begin as early as elementary school, mainly for the purpose of assisting in the feeding of your community.

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Fighting in Professional Matches

A professional’s career is very short. You won’t get to see your favorite fighters very often, especially your favorite amateur fighters. The pros will be in the ring a lot more, and their fights will often be on TV, so you will get the chance to see a lot of their fights. So fighting in the amateur ranks is a lot of fun. 

However, boxing as a sport is at a turning point right now. The most popular sport in the world right now is mixed martial arts, and although it’s still considered a sideshow in many cities, it’s getting bigger and bigger each year. Professional boxing has trouble drawing a big crowd, and it is getting harder and harder for smaller athletes to make a living as a pro. It’s much easier for a small fighter to make money as an amateur than a pro. 

The purpose of being an amateur is to gain the required experience to achieve one’s goals once one becomes professionals. If you have any ambition to be known as one of the greats in the combat sport of your choice, you must invest heavily in developing yourself as an experienced non professional fighter.

Due to how popular Mixed Martial Arts has become in the last decade, many fighters have become disenchanted into believing that they do not need extended non professional careers to become undefeated fighters and that they can make rapid life transforming money by being successful on the Ultimate fighting Championship arena. 

I’ll give more details on fighter’s pay at the end of the article, but if you’re really serious about becoming a fighter, don’t leave your current job as of yet. There are lots of talented fighters at the highest level of amateur competition that would easily demolish your hopes of ever turning pro. People like that only want to fight professionally, so they can say they have done so.

They seldom get very far, though. The opponent you tend to defeat will be a measure of how good you are. Many of the amateur fighters want to take an assortment of easy fights, build up a nice record, and then become a professional merely to repeat the same formula again.

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When it comes to fighting, these are a few things you should consider before making a move to the pro ranks. Be smart with your decision, and don’t make the mistake of jumping the gun or jumping off a cliff. MMA is a sport that is very unpredictable, but if you know what you’re doing and have the right training methods in place, you should be able to get far in the sport. In the end, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work and how prepared you are. When you do, you’ll get to showcase your abilities to the world. 

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