Also, what’s your name? Belt level?
If your story is true (I believe you, though), you have to realize this was in 1999. Who the f*** knew about MMA in 1999? At that time, it was still cagefighting for chump change.
That was 7 years ago, man. Take a look around. I see people walking around with Tapout and UFC shirts on, in NEW ENGLAND. (I wouldn’t be surprised in Cali, but come on, New England) UFC is on Spike TV every other day. Pride FC is on FSN. My coach, Mike Littlefield, runs an event called Untamed. We run it at a local Holiiday Inn, and it SELLS OUT every time.
MMA has grown into something much larger than what you saw 7 years ago. I don’t see Andrei Arlovski, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Rich Franklin, or Tito Ortiz having ANY financial problems down the road anytime soon.[/quote]
Yea, alot has changed since then. But not a whole lot. I didnt get out of the MMA scene completely until late 2000, early 2001 I believe…Dam its been along time.
The guys you mention are the top guys. There are people in it making money, but they are FEW and far in between. Shit, it would have been EASIER to make it 7 years ago then today, the level of competition has grown exponentially.
Im a purple belt now. Had I stuck with it, I would have probably made black in less than 5 years, but honestly I got burned out. I got a purple belt in less than 2 years training. Injuries were starting to pile up(at the ripe old age of 21, LOL) and my skin was trashed(gotta love having naturally high t-levels, grappling only made my problem skin about a billion times worse). But mostly, I was sick of not having a life. While I spent hours upon hours every day of my free time revolved on training, all my other 19 and 20 year old friends were out having fun. I wanted the same. A normal life ya know?
I still train once a week to keep it up for self defense purposes(my big mouth gets me into situations were it comes in handy, LOL) but extreme sports, weights, partying, supplemetation and everything that has anything to do with testosterone are my hobbies now.