I'm an aspiring MMA fighter and need some help deciding on what kind of gear to get. I already have a pair of Sprawl shorts and have some Truth gloves headed my way. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get some CK Tornado ear guards, but need some advice on everything else, specifically what kind of gear to get and where to get it. Would you please help? If it helps, I'm 6'1" and 180lb. I have 10%-ish body fat, longer arms than average, and a light-medium to medium build, apart from my bricks for legs. I have a great deal of skill in striking, and am both learning to grapple and plan to use it just as much as I strike. One thing about my Sprawl shorts...they're lovely, but I see a lot of UFC guys wearing something like spandex beneath their shorts. I admit I'd like to keep my genitals on a private invitation-only basis. What kind of shorts are best for "undershorts?" Preferably some that breathe well and don't give me rashes in the crotch. Should I get head gear? I'd like to prevent face cuts as much as possible, considering the annoyance and downtime from training. I'd also like to minimize my chances of cauliflower ear, so does head gear act as ear guards as well? Are there some that do and some that don't? If they don't, can I wear ear guards with head gear? How does a rash guard work, anyway? Is it to prevent rashes from your uniform or from a disgusting opponent? Or both? It seems I should get one from what I've read. Do I need anything apart from the average, everyday cup? What kind of mouthguard is best apart from the ones fitted by the dentist? I don't have the money for that mess. and my insurance doesn't cover it. I like to hit with my elbows, so should I get pads for those? I like to hit with my knees, too, and do takedowns, and grapple on the ground. Should I get knee pads? Do I need footgear, forearm guards or shin guards / shin insteps? Is there anything else I'm missing?