Why Everyone Wants to Be a Cage Fighter: A Personal Perspective

Jul 13, 2023

Let me start this blog post by confessing that I have firsthand experience as a "professional cage fighter," also known as an MMA fighter contracted to a promotion. With that said, I've always held some strong opinions on the subject, so brace yourself for a bit of a rant.

1. The Scary and Dangerous Appeal:

Whether we like to admit it or not, cage fighting is undeniably the most terrifying and dangerous form of official combat. It draws people in, igniting a morbid curiosity that makes us wonder if we could do it too. However, the harsh reality is that cage fighting is incredibly challenging and demands years of hard work and dedication to excel in.

2. The Intrigue of Testing Ourselves:

There's something intriguing about the idea of pushing our physical and mental limits. It's the reason even the most powerful individuals in the world sometimes feel the need to strip to the waist and step into the cage. Yet, I find it somewhat pathetic. True strength and courage come in various forms, and we don't need to engage in physical combat to prove our worth.

3. The Misrepresentation of Fitness Competitions:

Take a look at how fitness is marketed nowadays. We see words like "Throwdown," "Vs," and "X" used to promote events that are essentially fitness competitions. Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against fitness competitions, but let's not pretend they're the same as fighting. They may share certain aspects, but true combat is on a different level altogether.

4. The Difficulty and Unique Qualities:

Cage fighting is not something everyone can do. It requires a very specific and intriguing individual to truly make a successful career out of it. It's not just about physical prowess; mental fortitude, discipline, and the ability to think strategically under intense pressure are equally important. It's a path that only a select few can navigate.

5. Fighting vs. Other Combat Forms:

It's important to recognize that disciplines like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling, while valuable in their own right, are not fighting. Even MMA itself could be argued as not purely fighting, but it comes closest to capturing the essence of it. Fighting is a raw, primal expression of combat, where skill, strength, and resilience are put to the ultimate test.

In conclusion, don't ever feel the need to prove yourself as tough or hard by engaging in cage fighting or any other form of physical combat. True strength and resilience can be cultivated through integrity and empathy. Remember, a gentleman may walk but never run, embodying strength of character and restraint rather than relying on physical aggression.

So, before you get caught up in the allure of cage fighting, take a moment to appreciate the many other ways in which you can grow and challenge yourself. Let's strive for personal growth and fulfillment without subjecting ourselves to unnecessary physical risk.