Facts About Ameteur Mixed Martial Arts Events in Oregon
I have competed in several ameteur events myself and have seen and experienced things not known to the public. In ameteur events it is a fact that the competitors don't get paid, however, some promoters do offer travel expenses but it isn't ever much more than enough to cover gas. Oregon has several ameteur venues in the mixed martial arts events that anybody can compete in so long as they pass a pre-fight exam and turn in clean blood work requiring they are tested for HIV, Hep B, and Hep C.
As far as training goes, there are several venues for training such as Team Quest, Straight Blast, Extreme Coutre, Real World Fight Club and so many more. I have trained with multiple groups over the years and still cross-train from time to time. Many athletes are also self-trained which means they train themselves or cross-train with multiple groups and represent themselves. I personally enjoy the fact of representing myself over a specific gym.
There are several fight venues promoted by friends or aquaintances of mine such as Chael Sonnen, a UFC veteran and title contnder who runs the FCFF in Portland with Kevin Keeney, and Alive MMA hosts another venue that has recently changed their name. This venue is promoted by the local boxing commisioner and Trent Standing, a pro fighter. James Klass promotes Capital City Cage Fights in Salem Oregon and they are televised. Matt Linland still runs Sportfight out of Team Quest, which has ameteur and pro events. All of these venues can be found on the internet and applied for. Virtually anyone can compete in these events by filling out the applications online and proving that they have some sort of martial arts background training.
There is a fight doctor at all events along with boxing commisioner reps to inspect gloves and taping of hands before every fight. They also walk you out to the cage and stand in your corner until it is time for them to leave along with your corner man. Yes you will need a corner man. Some venues offer you the option of a second corner but not all of them. The referee will send everyone out except the fighters after he inspect gloves, mouth peices, and makes sure fighters are wearing a cup by slapping a light hand to the groin. Don't be alarmed unless he smiles at you afterwards. Once this breif inspection is over the referee usually honors you with a hand shake and wishes you luck before he moves into the center of the octagon or ring to start the fight. At this point the cage is being closed and locked. This is the point of no return.
You will be in front of anywhere from hundreds to thousands of people depending on the venue and when you turn pro it could range even higher. This tid-bit is what scares me. I can't stand crowds. Luckily, if you are like me when the fight is ready to begin the lights dim so low outside the cage with the hot and bright heat lamps beating down on the fighters and making the crowd virtually invisible. If this is a sport you want to get involved in, contact a promoter in your area. If your state soes not have one, Oregon promoters accept applications from out of state.
Article by Kevin C Davison
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