Im a 21 year old guy who started training mma fulltime since the end of last year. Im not located in the US (currently in Osaka, Japan) but im sure the situation with young starting-up fighters are similar globally.
Had been working a well-paying fulltime job since i was 18. Decided i needed a change, quit my job and came out here to the big city in order to join a gym and train. Was never into saving (was clubbing and partying pretty much every week)and had probably around 8000 USD when i made the switch. Unemployment insurance also brought in about 4000 USD for the first 3 months.
So about 6 months down the line im currently living in a one room apartment. Food and rent is about all i spend, anything else is a luxury.The piggy bank is nearly empty and ill probably have to get a job in the next few weeks. Training is going good, will probably have my first fight soon. But more than anything mma has taught me character and mental strength.
But i do sometimes wonder if it was really the right choice. More than the financial instability its the lack of time i have to spend with friends and family that hurts. Most of my friends dont understand or respect what im trying to do and it gets pretty lonely. I've certainly learned that its not as glamorous as it might appear from the outside. (Zero time to chase girls too
But at the end of the day im proud i had the guts to jump into this thing and the perseverance i believe i have to continue doing it. My goal is to be able to tryout for TUF if it does happen in Japan.