ok, So heres' the quick run down if anyone is willing to give some advice. I'm 30 years old and would like to get started fighting in local MMA events in Kansas city area I still have some weight to drop and my cardio and flexibility must improve before i step in the ring for sure. my background I wrestled in Jr high and High school I am a 2nd degree black belt in karate which I was in for 6 years as a teenager of course football etc but that doessn't apply much here I haven't been in any kind of fight for almost a decade would I absolutely need to train for MMA before gettitng in the ring or would my wrestling and karate background be enough to give me a chance starting out? (i've been training on punching my bag and wrestling moves from high school. I wouldn't think of fighting until i was in good enough shape to wrestle, figure i'd be in good enough shape to hang at that point but i don't know the arm bars and shit so i might be screwed) I look to train in MMA going forward but was curious if taking a shot out of the gate was crazy or maybe i should wait 6 months to train 1st. I'd be a heavyweight and the technical skills don't look to figure in as heavy for the bigger guys, I've always been able to take a punch and I was a good wrestler back in the day and am sure I can get the feel of things pretty quick. suggestions? and are any of you in the KC area and where do you train if you do? thanks for any advice.