Saturday, January 12, 2013

Taking the long road

It's a new year and finally, I'm back to posting on here. I'm hopeful that in 2013 I can give this much more attention than I did towards the end of 2012. That said, let's get back to business.

One of the challenges of being a full-time mixed martial artist is simply that if you don't fight, you don't get paid. There are no hourly wages or annual salaries in MMA, and unless your name is Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva, you can't afford to pick and choose your fights. For the vast majority of fighters, their income is directly tied to how often they fight.

That was the case for Roya Darvishian, a fighter with Bowie MMA. She offered to step in and replace a fighter who pulled out of a card in Michigan, including being willing to drive from Maryland to Michigan (which is not a trip down the road, obviously) for the fight.

Unfortunately, her opponent declined the fight, which means Darvishian has to wait another month to fight in Pennsylvania. Fighters pulling out of fights is unfortunately a common refrain in MMA, whether it be because of injury, not having enough time to train or other circumstances.

Such is the great paradox of MMA. If you want to be a full-time fighter and excel in the sport, you have to devote 100 percent of your time, energy, effort and attention the sport. MMA becomes your job. Unfortunately, unlike other jobs, there's no bi-weekly paycheck coming. If you devote all of your time and attention to it, you're still at the mercy of others for whether or not those efforts are compensated.

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