I got into MMA a bit after I started BJJ.
I took a fight a little too early, I was a blue belt in gi, but was at another MMA school that had questionable coaching.
I got beat up a lot in practice, I now know they weren’t training properly, and I got my ass kicked in the first fight.
I switched schools because I still really wanted to fight and found a legit coach, I did win my next fight about 10 months later, and was in the mode of “chasing it”… although I didn’t really plan to fight pro.
Flash forward and I’m at a new school prepping for my third fight. Two weeks out a training partner cracked me hard with small gloves just right, and gave me a concussion.
It messed me up for 30 days. I had 2 job interviews lined up that I bungled because I couldn’t hold a conversation.
I realized deep down during those 30 days that there is a steep cost for participation in competitive striking. It hit me harder than it had in the past when reading about CTE in football etc.
I decided that I didn’t want to get hit, and to be honest, I didn’t want to put another guy through what I went through, which was VERY MINOR in the scheme of what can go wrong in MMA.
Realistically, to be serious at all in MMA you have to have the desire to hurt the guy… thats the goal of the sport. I guess it’s just not there for me like it was.
I strictly grapple now, I may casually strike in the future, but will not be competing again. I don’t have time to be that good at both striking and grappling, and I don’t have the neurons to waste on an activity that I will never even be good enough to get paid to do.
Even at the amateur level, to be any good you have to commit to it like a pro.
Just my 2 cents…
very limited MMA experience but I did fight twice and tbh it was enough for me.