So this past Saturday, March 31st, my team had 2 guys fighting in an event. Both came away with first round KO wins, and I was honored to be in their corner. Nothing makes me beam brighter than yelling instructions at one of my guys, having them follow the instructions to the letter, and walking away with a win.
But the purpose of this fanpost is not to brag about my team. Its to propose a question: Why in the name of Don Frye do guys climb into the cage to fight when they are so obviously unprepared. And I don't mean unprepared like someone got injured a week before the fight and decided to tough it out and fight anyway. I mean unprepared like you're in the locker room, warming up, and your coach is teaching you how to throw a cross properly. And I don't mean properly like the guy was dropping his hand a little after connecting with the focus mitt, I mean properly like he had to be told to keep his back foot on the ground in order to generate any power into the punch. And then be taken through the motion of "putting out a cigarette with your back foot...like this...this..." He had literally never been taught the fundamentals of putting his hips into a punch.
This particular guy...it was obvious he had had no real training in the sport. Not even instructional videos. I genuinely felt bad for this guy as he was warming up. The only combination he threw was a jab-cross, and it was thrown with the worst technique I have ever seen. It actually looked like he purposely threw each punch with the intention of putting his hands in his pockets after they landed, like bringing his hands back to his chin would cause him to knock himself out so he avoided it at all costs.
Now, I don't like to tell anyone what they should or shouldn't do. Who am I-or anyone-to tell someone they shouldn't fight if they want to fight. But for Rutten's sake man, learn some technique. You can get seriously hurt in this sport if you don't know the fundamentals of each aspect of MMA. So...why? Why would someone want to throw themselves into a situation that they couldn't be less prepared for? Just to say they "do UFC?" Cause it sure as hell isn't for the money that these local shows pay, I'll tell you that right now.And if it is...dude, you'd make more money cleaning offices at night.
Maybe I'm an asshole, but I feel like its just a little disrespectful to the sport and to your opponent to sign a fight contract and have no ability to actually fight. Again, its not my place to tell someone what to do. I just wish I understood the thought process of people competing in a professional MMA bout that have had little to no instruction in any aspect of the sport. Bucket list? Street cred? Most people here train in at least one Martial Art/combat sport. How comfortable would you feel competing in a pro MMA bout right now? How about if you had/have no training in any Martial Art/combat sport at all? Would you do it, just to say you did it?