I'm really nervous about making my first post on these boards. My friend talks highly of this place, and so I can't think of anywhere else to turn.
With that said, I did some searching around and couldn't find answers to what I was exactly asking, but I've been on enough message boards to know that stupid questions are a terrible way to start off on the right foot... So I'm hoping I don't come off too stupid.
So since last September I've been trying to lose weight. I am 5'8" and at the time I was about 220 pounds. Very little muscle. I was a fat dood. Presently I am 200 pounds and although I'm still fat, I've gotten more healthy and in much better shape. I am not done.
I have been having trouble at this point finding the motivation I need and although I've always been a fan of MMA matches, I only just recently found out how much I actually love the sport. I'm beginning to believe that this could be my motivation.
I don't aspire to be in the UFC, but I'd love to do some local tournaments in my area in the future. You know people who say they want to run a marathon and they use that as their driving force? Well, I want to say I fight in an MMA tournament.
At 5'8" I'm pretty short, so I imagine the welterweight class would be my best fit. That's a 170 weight limit.
Should I lose weight and build once I reach a certain weight, and if so, what weight should I try to lose to before I add muscle? On top of that, what are some exercises and workouts that'll help with endurance and strength?
I will be looking to train on my fighting technique after I am at the fitness I want to be so I am not too worried about that aspect presently.
Are there any articles on this site that I may have missed which would help me? Are there any other sites I should look to for further information and help on this type of thing?
Again, I'm sorry if there's a post that answers all these things that I missed, but I take this really seriously and I would like to start off on the right foot and with the best information tuned to my exact questions and needs. Hopefully this isn't too stupid, and I plan on taking part around these boards so I won't just disappear after this!
Thanks a lot for any help you can give!