Tips: Finding Fights on MMAR
How to Find MMA Fights - Below are tips on how to use the MMARecruiter.com website to find fights. If you follow these simple steps, this may increase your chances of landing a fight and help you get your name out to the MMA Community. Self promotion is vital for up-and-coming fighters to get noticed.
Be sure to check out this article about, "How to Get Into MMA?".
1. First and foremost, make sure you are properly trained. No one wants anyone to get hurt. Additionally, the level of competition in MMA is skyrocketing, with the sports recent popularity. Gyms are popping up on ever corner and cranking out talented fighters globally.
If you are serious about making a career in MMA, be smart and handle this like it is your profession.
Join a local gym or fight team in your area!
CLICK HERE to search for a gym in your area.
* If you cannot locate a gym using our directory, try Googling "MMA Gyms" in your area.
* Depending on where you live, it can be difficult to find a good gym. This might require traveling to the next closest city, so you can train with a gym.
* Training independently does have it's disadvantages. It lacks the invaluable experience of training with equal or more talented training partners. The guidance, diversity and push you receive from other fighters at a gym, just doesn't compare to training with a few friends at home.
* There are cases where training independently is the only option a fighter has. When given the opportunity, it is best to train at a gym. It will only improve your game.
Check out this article: "Training for MMA at Home vs. Training at a Gym"
If you do not have the funds to train, try talking to local gyms in your area about working out a deal. Pay for your first month(s) and if the gym owner sees that you have potential, most likely they will consider working with you on your fees.
You might be able to get your fees reduced if you preform certain tasks around the gym, helping other students/classes or representing the gym by competing at local events.
Also, check out this article that explains "How to Train For MMA on a Budget".
** Once you and your trainer feel confident in your abilities to compete, use the following tips below. **
2. Check what the requirements are for your state's athletic commission or the state you plan to compete in. Complete any and all requirements the state commission is requesting.
Click the link below for a list of state athletic commission websites.
MMA State Athletic Commission List
MMA Medical Requirements
3. Check MMAR's Fight Listing Page. We compile a full list of upcoming fight cards that need pro and amateur MMA fighters to fill spots. This list is usually updated daily, so please check it often.
CLICK HERE to view the full list of upcoming fight cards.
- Try all forms of contact listed. (Phone calls are best, don't just rely on emails/messages.)
- Contact the promoter even if your weight class is not needed. Some promoters/matchmakers might be able to put you on a future card.
* MMA Recruiter is not the promoter or matchmaker for any of the events listed on our site. Please contact the promoter listed if you are interested in additional information.
4. Search for promoters in your State or surrounding States. You can use the browse tool on MMAR to locate promoters and matchmakers in your area. Send the promoters and matchmakers a personal message expressing your interest in fighting on an upcoming fight card.
Click Here to access the browse tool.
- Select the Profile Type "Fight League, Matchmaker or Promoter"
- Select your Country first.
- Select your State or surrounding States.
- Hit the Search Button.
- Send professional messages and emails. (If you want to be taken seriously, send professional messages.)
- Always include a link to your profile on MMAR.
Check out this article that explains "How to Properly Inquire About Booking an MMA Fight".
5. Complete and update your profile. Use your profile on MMAR like a resume. Make sure your profile is completely filled out and update it often. When contacting promoters, managers, and sponsors send them your profile link. This allows others to view your information, pictures, and videos all in one place.
CLICK HERE to update your profile.
6. Post your information in the "MMA Fighters - Looking For Fights" forum section. This is a great way to let promoters know you are in need of a fight.
CLICK HERE to view the forum section.
- Create a meaningful and professional post.
- List all your information. (Make your post like a resume.)
- Add pictures or videos to your post.
- Always include a link to your profile on MMAR. (CLICK HERE to get your link.)
* If you are not properly trained or have never trained before, don't post here looking for fights.
7. Befriend us on social networking websites. In an effort to get our information out to as many people possible, we have created profiles on some of the top social networking websites. Befriend us and keep an eye out for daily fight card postings and special announcements.
Facebook – Myspace – Twitter
* We have exceeded our friend limit on Facebook. Please join our newly created group “ MMA Recruiter. “
8. Post press releases about yourself. MMAR is highly crawled by the search engines. Posting press releases about yourself is a great way to get noticed by the search engines and other members of MMAR.
CLICK HERE to post your press release in our blog section.
* If you are in need of someone to write a press release for you, please CLICK HERE and we will refer you to a writer.
9. Consider hiring a manager. If you are having trouble obtaining sponsors, finding fights or competing on big cards (i.e. UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator), then it might be time to hire a manager. Good managers can help you advance your career and handle all your industry affairs (i.e. finding fights, obtaining sponsorships, promoting you, contract negotiations, public relations and much more).
To search for managers on our site, please click the link below.
MMA Manager Locator
* If you are a fighter with no training or have never competed, please do not contact a manager looking for representation.
** Some management companies ONLY deal with pro fighters. There are some management companies that do represent/give advice to amateurs.
How to Find MMA Fights
Also doesn't hurt to have a manager with a good rep,contacts, and track record.
Disorderly Conduct Management
Our fighters have been in the UFC,WEC,M-1,BODOG,Bellator, as well as many other promotions.Fighters should only train and fight, we take the stress off of finding,negotiating and evaluating fights.
A few of my advanced students are ready for their first amateur fight. Are there any licenses I need to take care of for them to fight as amateurs? Specifically in pa and de? my gym is in maryland and I'm not looking to take my guys halfway across the country for a fight.