What weight should I be fighting at?
- 12-10-2008, 01:33 PM
What weight should I be fighting at?
I'm 180 pounds and I'm interested in fighting professionally. I don't train at any known MMA schools because I feel it is too much money, but I train on my own with friends.
I got most of my experience from tang so do when I was younger from the ages of 12-16. So basically I know basic MMA skills. I do boxing drills and other workouts for stamina.
Anyway, what weight should I fight at professionally. I know it would be best for me to fight at 145 or 155 because I don't I could hang with the 160+. I guess I'm just being realistic. What do you guys think?
- 12-10-2008, 02:01 PM
5ft 11 can you make 145lbs
Honestly you need to get into a good school and a good camp if you want to fight pro. Trust me I've been doing this a looong time approx a decade. i've trained with the best in the world royce, charles, cesar, fairtex etc. if you dont' have a good school and camp backing you your gonna get thrown to the wolves by promoters.
- 12-10-2008, 03:43 PM
5'11" go for the 170lb weight class.
12-10-2008, 06:03 PM
155 or 170. 185 if you're confident lol.
In any case, you should fight whichever division your weight naturally goes to. It's your training that matters.
Look at how Pacman 5'6",a natural 130 lb'er (he was lighter than this a year ago--actually at 122 or something like that..Jr. FLYWEIGHT-Jr. LIGHTWEIGHT) destroyed De La Hoya 5'10" natural 150+- up to 160+lb'er. (Welterweight-Middleweight)
Or look at Rocky Marciano. Or look at Helio. Or look up Henry Armstrong.
It's not your weight that matters...truly. It's your skill set and how good you are at applying it in combat. If you're a good fighter you're a good fighter. You wouldn't be afraid of going into 185 at 5'11" because you KNOW you can beat your opponent.
Of course there are limits. I wouldn't fight say LHW or HW division w/ MMA RUles but I'd box or MT w/ any size guy.
12-11-2008, 04:52 PM
None, you're not training MMA with any other competent practitioners. "Training" in the backyard with your friends is not going to get you the skill set/conditioning required.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
12-11-2008, 08:19 PM
You're better off getting some good training if you're serious about it. As good of training as you think you're doing, it's not going to cut it when you're facing someone with real gym experience and professional training.
12-11-2008, 11:16 PM
I took tang soo do as a kid too and got to 2nd degree red belt. It's nowhere near an adequate base for MMA. If you fight in amateur shows skill level will vary greatly and you could find someone of similar level. As for a weight it depends on a number of factors including when weigh-ins are. It's hard to cut more than maybe 5lbs if weigh-in are the day of hte fight. Or perhaps you reallly don't want to cut at all. Also, ams and lower tier shows will allow catch weights so you can fight at a more comfortable weight. Plus, even if you come in over most of the time the opponent will still want to fight even if you are 10lbs or more over. Ultimately it's up to you to decide if your skillset is sufficient to have a MMA fight. But if you were training at facility you could assess your level against others and even have an instructor give you an appraisal.
12-12-2008, 10:25 AM
12-18-2008, 01:09 PM
thanks for the advice. just when i was about to join an MMA school over at centereach,ny the school's name was taken away. i was going to join Xtreme Couture, but when I went back to sign up the manager there told me that it is no longer under Couture and the prices changed.
I wanted to be in a good MMA gym, but now I'm looking into Serra's school in Northport. Anyway, the reason why I want to fight at 145-155 is because I used to way 160, but when I went to college I did alot of weight training and I was maxing at 210. So I feel like I would have alot of power to KO my opponents.
However, I do feel like I might gas quicker or be slow.
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