So You Want To Be An Amateur MMA Fighter


***This is an informational post only, we are not matchmakers, promoters, or event holders. Please follow all links that appear in the post. Parts of this post will seem a little comical, but that is not the way we see the sport, we take amateur MMA very seriously as everyone should.

With all the attention MMA is receiving in New York lately, people are coming out of the woodwork wanting to know what it takes to get on a Cage Wars card or how to fight in other amateur MMA events in the area. Well as the header shows we are not the people to seek for that information, but we can lead you in the right direction.

First, we would like to say if you have not trained to become an MMA fighter we suggest you start there. We do know that if you aren’t trained you will not be taken seriously and let’s face it who wants to step into the cage with someone that has trained their whole life and has been waiting to make their amateur debut, I know I wouldn’t.

So that brings us to the second step (if you have trained to become an MMA fighter skip this portion). Find a reputable school or instructors in your area, we have a featured gym section and that is a good place to start. Another step in the right direction is to contact some of the fighters we feature on the site. These fighters are a great bunch and are willing to lend information, soon you will find out your MMA family is a large part of your life and are always by your side. *Just a side note if you finished UFC on the Xbox 360 with an achievement score of 1000 that does not make you a fighter and should not be used as an instruction course, it’s a game dammit.

Next (we will skip the numbers), be in shape, just because you trained “back in the day” does not mean you are ready to step into the amateur MMA cage, once again fighters that step into the cage and are hungry for a win and have trained hard for this fight and are in great shape. Another example is, “I remember him from High School and I used to take his lunch money, I can take him the cage”. My response to that is good luck and if that amateur MMA fighter ever got you in the cage, we wish you the best and not because MMA is about retribution or payback, but that fighter is in shape and once again has trained hard to be in the cage.

Now don’t take this the wrong way as I swear I am not crazy. While no one is looking punch yourself as hard as you can in the face. Did you do it yet? Well if you didn’t do it because you don’t like getting hit in the face your amateur MMA career is over, why you ask? Let’s face it you will take a couple of shots to the face during the course of the first round (prior to being knocked out). Now if you are one of those that a punch in the face really didn’t effect you bravo, but now explain to your family and friends why you have a black eye, because some crazy guy at Warriors Instinct MMA said to try it if I wanted to be an amateur MMA fighter really isn’t a good answer.

Here is a tough part. You have to make weight for weigh-ins prior to your fight, but it really isn’t that bad as you are a week out and have to cut 10lbs. A week seems like a long time, but with training, work and life, cutting that weight may be difficult and remember you still be able to function on a daily basis, let alone keep your stamina up for possibly 3 of the toughest rounds of amateur MMA action you will every face.

If I am such an authority why don’t I step into the cage? Well let me tell you, common sense does prevail and I know these amateur will eat me alive. I know I will never be able to step into the cage and I accept that and that is why I do what I do and that is to write about amateur MMA in our area. So remember just because you have a passion for the sport does not mean you have to be a fighter. You can head to a Cage Wars event and cheer for the best amateurs MMA fighters in our area, while they battle it out in the cage and you will not have to explain to your boss the next day why you have a black eye and don’t try to play it off that you take part in a fight club, because if you tell your boss that you forgot rule #1 of fight club.

So in a nutshell if you are interested in fighting in one of the premiere events in the country please use the links below to contact Cage Wars. Their website has a contact page and I would suggest using that as one of the Cages War staff will hit you up. Do remember though, they will match you against a worthy opponent and soon you will be on your way to starting your amateur MMA career.

Cage Wars Website
Cage Wars Facebook

If you are looking to begin training like we said earlier we suggest you use the Featured Gym Section that appears on our side bar as well as the Features Fighter Section, for more fighters please checkout our follow local fighters section in the top menu, as we have their Facebook and Twitter (if they have a Twitter page) Pages listed for you to see.

Once again even though this post seems comical in areas, please do not take this sport that way. We respect all that are involved in amateur MMA and we are bringing to light this is not for everyone and takes a lot of time and commitment to become an amateur MMA fighter.

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  1. Christopher wilson

    Interested in fighting again after 5 year’s. I’m an amature fighter looking to get back into the sport

  2. Christopher Collins

    My name is Chris Collins i trained in jiu jitsu for at least. Of and on 9 yrs i wanna get in to cage fighting. I need to fight for my dream which. Is to eventually open. My own gym here in Gatesville. Tx. Im 29 yrs old so if you can help me in any way that would. Be appreciated contact me through. Email.

  3. Frank Gomez, 130lb-145lb mma, current record is 1-0-0 and need more fights in AZ or surrounding states. Please contact me if there’s any fights in the areas within the weight class and i’ll guarantee to fill a spot and put on a show. contact me

  4. Jaquan English from Jacksonville Florida I’m 18, 5″7, 150 lbs, been thai boxing for the last 5 years and wrestling for 4 years. For more information contact me at (904)508-8445

  5. Hi I would love to compete in mma could someone please get in touch

  6. Hello I am from San Diego CA Fighting is life and I see it as my future. I’m 23 years of age I stand at 5’8 at 126-135 lbs, ive had a bit of boxing and tae kwondo training and basics of mma. I’m not a pro and habemt competes but ive been in quite a few street fights and always end up on top I feel like fighting comes natural to me and I would be good at so if there are any recruiters I’m here seeking an opportunity

    I may have not had a fight in a ring but I can handle a bloody fight on the streets I don’t look for violence I dont start it but if provoked I will end it

    Looking for opportunity hope I can find it here


  7. Nicholas Sterling

    My name is nick sterling i have an extensive background in wrestling i work hard i am 22 6 ft 265 lbs and i love to fight. Thinking about giving mma a shot i live in oklahoma city you can contact me at

  8. Kevin T. Abalos

    im kevin,, I WANT TO BECOME A FIGHTER!

  9. Hi, my name josh and im 16 and ready to get train . My fighting background is very simple. I did Tae Kwon Do , and little bit of boxing. I feel like i have the fighters instinct and the drive to achieve. I’m currently 5’8 and weighing in at least 168 or 165. If you need to contact me , you send me a email at

  10. Hi my name it Louis Thouin III. I created and owned the first all amateur fight league in the country. In 2008 National Amateur Fight league has its first all amateur fights. I also was Massachusetts first Amateur MMa commissioner. I also owne a martial arts school. Amateur MMa is very very tough. Do not underestimatebit most train with pros and dedicate training full time. This is not a wow I think I can do that sport. Thesebguys take this very serious are often x athletes the best in thier field. If you want to fight just once dont bother cause youll get hurt. This is a serious sport and these guys do this fir a living or want to most of them training 40 hrs a week. There’s many aspects you have to consider.bTo teain you have to maitain sobriety. You have to diet most fighters suck weight to fight. A strength and conditioning coach. Also have to rain three differnt aspects, First stand-up fighting from boxing ,muay thai , kenpo. Second a ground game (ground fighting) brazilan ju jitsu or etc grabbling. Third a wrestling coach. You have to learn to wrestle for takedowns if your strong suit is ground fighting. This way you can get your opponet zto the ground. Or if your a good stand ul fighter you have to learn to stuff takedowns and defend against wrestlers. So you need to train i at least three different arts. Also wieght train, cardio and dieting. All of this is a full time job and if your going tobinvest that much timebyour thinking you can have a career. So bar room guys or street fighters dont go in there unless you wanna be embarassed. But anyone who needs advice feel free to email me.

    • I would like some advice from an established person as yourself. I boxed since a lad tai boxing qi gong and hard body training for three years consistently punished my limbs. i run five miles a day I don’t see anyone do what I do I knock splinters off every telephone pole or tree I see. I feel if someone can just see me I might have chance to be more then unemployed that has to much time on hand. my question to you a respected professional is that how do you gain exposure in a saturated market when you started did you have a support system I looking for a lil piece of shit job to have money join a gym but it interferes with training and vice versa also heavy bags are for soft boned Sissy’s when I can find a sturdy tree for free to smash my limbs against with all thy might
      22yrs 118_125

  11. Really want to do this I’m hard work I’m 18

  12. Jorge David Martinez

    I’m Jorge Martinez I’m from Norwalk Connecticut I have been training in boxing nd kickboxing nd I’m learning Brazilian jiu jitsu I really want to get into mma but I have no idea how

  13. I’ve been doing MMA for a year and two months now my background is BJJ. I would love to have my first fight but don’t know how to go about it. I can be reached by email

  14. I am 19 never done wrestling but I am a visual learner and physical. I can wrestle a little and trying to learn mma on my own. I thinking about giving mma shot. Cause I love to fight and not bad at it. I wanted to give it a shot.

  15. I’m from Phoenix az 20 years old female and I would love to give this a try I’m a hard working and I don’t give up! Email me at

  16. im 19 years old 6’1″ college wrestling heavyweight (280) and would like to give mma a go>

  17. I love to do mma and try it out I never did it before.Email me at or cell me 2099474638

  18. I’m physically and mentally in the best shape of my life.I don’t want to sound cocky, but I know that I’m the best, I just need someone to give me a chance to prove it. I want to advance the sport of MMA cage fighting, and what I mean by that is that I want to do things that people have never seen before in the cage. If you’re willing to give me a chance email me at

  19. Hi, my name’s Shogo. I’m 25 about to turn 26, I wrestled all throughout highschool, I’ve trained Brazilian jiu jitsu in nyc on and off for a good 3 years. I want to fight, I want to go after this dream. If anyone could direct me to an mma gym in the nyc/north jersey area that trains a fight team that would be willing to take in an amateur who has no experience striking and would help me learn that would be an immense help. I want to fight.

  20. I’m 5′ 4 I have heart and to be honest never fought in a real cage, wrestled for four years, boxed for 2 years and have fantastic work ethic as my wrestling coach would say. I never finished my senior year of wrestling like how I wanted to due to family issues and lack of focus. Would love to try it. My number is 520 3339460

    • MMA is about over coming. That is what builds heart. I made the mistake of opting out of a fight I know for sure with out a doubt I would have won and the prize was a UFC contract. Instead I fought another event because I didn’t want to sale out. I let one of my old trainers fight him thinking he listend to me about how to beat anyone from ATT. Nope he lost. Hey if you want to servive in this life style you most over come. I’m 34 coming back out of retirement putting together a new club in Florida. To over come is not an opption it is a most.

  21. Adam Lee Courchene

    Ohh yeah, i also forgot to say, I’m 150 lbs, 5’10, my number is 2043679711, need this asap!!

  22. Adam Lee Courchene

    Hi, My name is Adam Lee Courchene, I am 20 years old, i only have experience of kickboxing, and a little bit of wrestling from school, very good at my ground game, and my stance, i have a one year old boy, that i so much want to take care of, and i feel this is my only chance, i’m going through so much hard times, and i want to live in wealth, i am determined, anything to have my son taken care of, i love fighting, it’s art to me, and it’s my calling. So please, get back at me ASAP!!!!

  23. My name is Dylan “UNO Country Boy” Craig I was recently released from the military as 26 Jul 2013 i have been unable to find a job I have 2 special boys and i also have one on the way (boy also) I am married and me and my family have been reduced to living in a house with her sister and her man and kids its a good house I guess but not where I want them to live. I am on the brink of losing everything I have ever worked for and its I cant take this bullcrap running around that theses jobs have been doing to me. I weigh in at somewhere between 160 and 170 before all this happened used to weigh 190 but looking at me you could never tell it I stand at 5’11” with I think about a 60″ + reach I have done a little training in muay thai I really need something so I can earn money and support my family so please and thank anyone who can help me out on this and get me a fight or something close to Wichita Falls Tx and a number to contact me at is 9406132452.

  24. I have trained in boxing ju jitzu karate wing chun and kick boxing I would love to train mm a and compete but at 32 know I’ll have a short shelf life but I’d love to compete I’ve won championships in kick boxing and medals in ju jitzu comps also just found a club to start training so here we go

  25. I was a fighter in the making now I am a fighter i work hard eat right workout Run and I am in a gym so yes i wanna be a MMA fighter

  26. Edward Steven Cote

    I’m 27 I exercise lift weights I go for runs I want to be a mma fighter I’m 5-4

  27. Edward Steven Cote

    I’m not scared to go in the cage as an amateur with no fighting skills I have little fear I don’t show it when I get in to fights I have one flaw when I’m winning an I’m on top I can’t stop once i get into it ill just keep going that’s why I want to join the mma for self control.

  28. look I’m 29 years old I got some fighting kills I got three years of Thai kickboxing that’s all I got more losses than more wins but I can care less cuz when u fall u get back up and do it again plus im not a quitter I don’t remember my instructor’s name but I tell you what I was only 15 years old 18 that’s when I stop why because my family was more important and not really going to get into that subject I have caves like an ox I walk everyday I jog everyday I run everyday fighting skills oh I can fight I hesitate because when you hesitate that’s when you’re down on the mat seeing stars fear fear is my middle name but I have to show fear because if you have no fear how are you supposed to over come them if you don’t show them or have any anyways 185 pounds 5 10 and a half size 12 foot so please help me out and getting in to MMA fighting I live in Priest River Idaho and I’m not doing this to prove anything or show anyone up for anything else its from me and my mind and my stability

    • its just me again replying to myself what I meant to say about the hesitation part ((you never hesitate because that’s when you’ll be down on the mat seeing stars or just in life in general you hesitate you don’t get far and another thing about it is it hesitation it makes you weak and that is my motto of hesitation))

    • I love it when someone claims to have trained under a guy three years but can’t remember his name, lol. What an impact that must’ve had on your life.

  29. curtis berryman

    My name u have i have benn boxing since i was 8 yrs old til the age of 18then trained mma in kcala florida for team ice fought at 165 at that time i had a family tragedy make that three in the same month three yrs ago and life tiok me another path but im 24 now and 180and its still my dream im back in the gym training and would like to have some amatuer fight to look forward to but my gym is not promoting fighter due to inexperience in the area bit its the only gym with a cage in the area i need help moving forward while im stil young lol by the way im six three , and plan on dominating my weight class my name the juggernaut!please call me at 7279452485

    • Curtis my email is Me and some unmetioned names are putting together something that will cause a few clubs to compley change their style. It want be long. If you are ready to commet your self. Email me. If not don’t bother. We are on the space coast of Florida.

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