This is just my experience, but hope it helps:
I weigh in at 15.7 I don't compete in BB and seem to be on a more bulking oriented diet. I am too old and broken to compete in Muay Thai anymore, though I did briefly compete about 15 years ago.
I train MMA 3 times a week and train weights 3 times a week and still maintain (actual gain mass). though I recently dropped a weights session as I was too tired by the end of the week and my back training was losing out.
Things to consider: What do you want out of it?
Personally I like the challenge it is hard work..very hard work, but very enjoyable, if you like to push yourself you will love it, if not, it might not be for you. What are your goals?
If you want to compete in BB'ing, I would be a bit wary as there is always a risk of injury in MMA, bruises heal up quickly, but broken bones can seriously hamper your weights.
If you want to fight/ compete, you may need to lower your weights schedule a bit and if that is you in the Avatar I guess that won't happen as your physique looks like it took a lot of work to get there.
if you want it for "fun" sparring and learning something new, I would recommend it over pretty much anything bar Muay Thai (but I am bias here). Can you afford to get hurt?
As above, not that it should happen, but it might happen, do your goals warrant the risk, again also depends how much you put in to be honest and if you fight/ spar with nutters on a certain level. Also some people oddly get a massive buzz out of a good beating, usually the adrenaline rush you get fighting/ grappling someone. Can you manage your diet well enough?
Looking at your av, yes, but I have had to up my cals some 500 per day to allow for the extra training and I don't mind a bit of fat on my frame (it helps cushion the blows) Have you tried it?
I know you say you have not done anything before, so why not give it a go anyway, as you might hate/ love it more than you think. Don't get confused!
MMA is not UFC, you will get flipped choked and beaten by 10st "weedy looking" fellas on a regular basis (well if they are any good). Sometimes mass and strength can get a savage beating through skills in MMA, so be prepared to get a solid dent to your ego, though as long as you learn form your mistakes/ training you should be a solid fighter based on your weight/ current physique. Friction burns
Sounds silly but if you train in BJJ without a GI (I do) you regularly get friction burns from the matting, it stops eventually, but can be a bit off putting when you start out. Above all mate, give it a go, you don't have much to lose until you have tried it! Good Luck and keep us posted.
EDIT: like powerpusher says a groin guard is a very sensible option the shockdoctor compressible cup and "pants" is the best on the market imo, try to get a mate or someone you know to get one from overseas they are half teh price of Blighty
post edited by TheDA - 2009/07/22 19:07:01