Posted by Tironci
I'm 16 years old (Jan. 5 17), 5" 11" and 154 pounds.
I've been playing basketball for about 6 years now and started gym 2 weeks ago.
Do you think I could start MMA and then compete as an amateur or a pro depending my level?
Wow man, if you are considering taking this seriously at 16 years old, I guarantee you that you'd have a leg up on many of modern MMA's finest.
Take Brendan Schaub as an example. The man, to my knowledge, did not have a serious martial arts background prior to devoting himself to MMA (first fight was only in 2008). Hell, look at a large percentage of the guys on Ultimate Fighter who barely had amateur fights under their belts, let alone professional ones, and they are usually in their mid 20's, at least. Several of those guys have gone on to become names in the sport.
You are far from being too late to start. You may not have a wrestling pedigree at a division 1 school, but neither did GSP, yet he just decided to learn wrestling because he wanted to, at a later stage in life than you. As long as you discipline yourself, you are actually at the perfect age to learn, get a couple of years under your belt, so by the time you turn 19-20, you'll be ready to kick up some amateur fights, and by the time you're 21-22, you could turn pro. That process could go even quicker depending on how well you adapt. It's definitely do-able man, keep us up to date.