You’ve probably heard of the names Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Dan Hardy, Fedor Emelianenko, or even Ronda Rousey. You might probably have seen them on TV. Yes, they are just some of the top MMA fighters of today. If you’ve ever aspired to be just as great as them in the field of mixed martial arts, here are some tips on what it takes to get to the top and be a winner.
Choose the Discipline You Like
There are a lot of disciplines available out there and they can vary from striking to grappling. Each player has a favorite form of discipline and it is this that they are comfortable with using. While it’s also best to learn all, try to have one that you can master. A great way of doing this is to try out different MMA classes and figuring out your specific discipline from there.
Go for the Right Gym
A lot of fighters out there have tried and tested a number of gyms before settling for one the longest. There’s a reason to this. Nowadays, there are a lot of gyms to choose from. But, when you’re looking for the right gym for you, look at the fighters that the gym is producing. Look at the coach as well. What are they like, what accomplishments they’ve done and what others have to say about that gym.
Be Physically and Mentally Prepared
Physical preparation is easy. For some fighters, it started when they were young and already training and competing with some form of martial art. When you want to go to the professional level, you need to go through the training needed to get you in shape. The physical training will also give you a taste of what’s to be expected inside the ring in a fight. Being in shape will give you the strength and stamina you need to outlast a fight.
Mental preparation is sometimes overlooked, but it is necessary. You need to think like a winner to be a winner. If you already feel defeated in your mind, it will take its toll on you in the ring. Trash talking is also very common amongst fighters, even before the fight. Mental preparation will help you deal with attacks that target not the body, but the mind and emotions.
Mental preparation also means being smart in the way you fight. Study your opponent if the time permits you. This will help you prepare for what to expect from your opponent in the ring and will help you fight with purpose rather than going in there hands bashing and feet smashing and not even hitting your target at all. Fights without the right preparation almost always end up in a knockout. It’s happened before and it can happen to you without the right preparation.
Be Committed 101%
Training to be a top MMA fighter will make you want to give up. Being in a fight and getting hit will make you want to give up. Injuries will make you want to give up. Losing will make you want to give up. If you want to push through the throng of fighters in your weight division, because there are many, you need to really want it. You need to really want to be at the top. You need to really want to be a winner.