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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: Surround yourself with people who have your best interests in mind Print E-mail
Written by Nick Palmer   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:19

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week Minnesota standout amateur fighter Nick "The Inspiration" Palmer will write a new journal entry. He's been given a free pass to write about any topic, and he'll provide Minnesota MMA fans with an inside look into the world of fighting. Enjoy "Words of Inspiration.")


 

“If you’re going to fight for this team, you’re going to fight under my management.”

If someone ever tells you this, you’re probably not training for the right team.

When I was closer to the beginning of my career I had the “privilege” of hearing this. It didn’t feel right from the very moment I read these words. (They were sent via Facebook because the author didn’t have the balls to call me or confront me.)

My response was something myself and my friends consider a “classic” response. I told him, “I wouldn’t let you manage my daughter's lemonade stand.”

I had this response because this was coming from a guy that had only ever stepped in the cage to take pictures with the ring card girls and to my recollection he had ZERO knowledge of the fight world. He wasn’t a coach, just a guy that sat in his office talking shit about other fighters not affiliated with his gym, guys who actually had the balls to step in the cage. He’s overweight, doesn’t train with the team, but he wants to manage my career?

If I were to say “OK, I’ll let you manage me” that would be like taking financial advice from someone who’s broke! Now, if this would have been worded slightly differently and came from a reputable coach or manager, I may have listened. Since this guy was neither in my eyes, I basically told him to go F himself.

This is the same guy who would have his amateurs selling tickets to shows and he would keep the percentage in ticket sales as if he were the one selling tickets. I wouldn’t doubt if this was still happening today. If you find yourself sitting in a similar situation, I’d suggest you start looking for someone else to manage you and quite possibly somewhere else to train.

Anyone who’s going to try to limit what you can or can’t do and they end up reaping the benefits of your hard work is not going

to help you one bit in the long run. In fact, it might just ruin the whole idea of competing and training altogether. I’ve seen this happen and it almost happened to me.

 

You might start thinking everyone is like this, but I assure you, that is not the case. Everyone is not like that. Most of the guys who actually train, compete and or coach are usually really good people. Even then you might run into a coach or trainer who tries telling you that you can’t fight for a certain promotion because they want to only fighting on their promotion.

This too can’t be good for your career. If the right fight is there, it shouldn’t matter where it takes place. This is also something you should try to avoid. It’s completely a conflict of interest. They can’t honestly tell you that they have your best interest in mind if they’ll only “let” you fight on their shows. That just doesn’t make sense.

You could quite potentially turn down that one fight you’re looking for that gets you to the next level, but missed out on the opportunity because you’ve got a manager who’s only looking out for his own best interest by putting money in his own pocket.

My advice to all of you is, find a team, coach and manager that solely has your best interest in mind when you’re competing. When it all boils down, it’s us, the fighters who are taking all the risks, not the guy sitting behind his desk all day.

 

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