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One of the great things about MMA being recognized as an official sport is that it comes with its own set of rules and regulations to keep its participants safe. So be a cool kid and know what you are and aren't getting yourself in to.

Women's Weight Classes

Atomweight96 - 105lb43.6 - 47.7kg
Strawweight106 - 115lb48.2 - 52.3kg
Flyweight116 - 125lb52.7 - 56.8kg
Bantamweight126 - 135lb57.3 - 61.4kg
Featherweight136 - 145lb61.8 - 65.9kg
HeavyweightNo weight limit

Note: The above weight classes are defined by the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. Since there is no formal international weight class definition, weight classes may vary across countries and promotions.

COMMISSIONS

Rules and regulations can vary based on state, country, and promotion. Be sure to check with the individual commissions to verify which paperwork and medical clearances you need to fight.

State Commission Websites

Companies interested in female sponsorship

eHow's tips To MMA sponsorship

  1. Determine your marketability. This includes your fighting ability, your looks, your unique appearance or tactics and any other aspect that sets you apart from other fighters.
  2. Make a list of these attributes and keep them on hand.
  3. Contact as many businesses and organizations as you can. If you compete locally, you will have a good chance at acquiring sponsorship from local companies. These can include free gear, supplements, and discounts or even cash.
  4. Begin by approaching companies you have a relationship with, like previous employers, family business owners, and such.
  5. Put together a video of your fighting and reproduce it. Send out copies along with a request for sponsorship letter to as many companies as you can afford.
  6. If the fighting organization allows sponsors to sell their gear at events, there is a greater opportunity for cash sponsorship.
  7. Consider uncommon sponsorship opportunities. If you can find a business that hasn't likely been approached by other fighters, you have a greater chance of success with cementing a deal.
  8. Meet with a marketing instructor at your local college or technical school. They may have some useful suggestions for you.
  9. Be your greatest advocate. Sell yourself wherever you go. Every encounter is an opportunity to network and promote your self as a marketable fighter.

Read more: How to get sponsored as an MMA fighter | eHow.com

Whether you're looking to stay active between fights or just looking for experience, these competitions are a great way to test your skills. If you're under 18, these competitions can help start preparing you for a future MMA career.

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