What does it really cost to be an MMA fighter? (Part 2)

In the first of this two-part series about what it costs to be a fighter, I discussed things like training camp, food costs, and supplements. Now we’re back for Part 2 to talk about more expenses that come up as the fight gets closer. Every pro fighter is familiar with the medical tests required for … Read more

Mann Talk – Team Takedown for life

Shhh! Chris Leben is sleeping!
Shhh! Chris Leben is sleeping!

This has been a tough week for me. I’ve got three term papers due on Saturday. A frozen turkey fell on my head and cracked my skull Tito Ortiz style, and Jake Rosholt got cut by the UFC.

In the spring of 2007 a new management group named Team Takedown announced that they had signed four former NCAA wrestling standouts to MMA contracts. These four fighters would earn a salary and receive the best coaching available, while working to become top MMA fighters. After former Penn State all-American Eric Bradley was arrested there were only three fighters.

The innovative concept seemed like it was flawless. Anyone who has followed MMA at all can see the impact high level wrestlers have made, or, in the case of Tito Ortiz, the impact of sorta okay wrestlers. Johny Hendricks, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt all quickly made their way to Zuffa owned promotions. Before they all made their WEC debuts, their combined record was 10-1. Now their combined record stands at 19-4. That’s not bad for three former wrestlers who started training MMA two and a half years ago.

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