I'm not a fighter, though I am trained to defend myself and subdue an adversary. I hate getting hit in the face - or even hitting someone else in the face - but I have no problems with kicks, slams/throws, subs.
I wouldnt say I am skilled enough to compete (mostly due to lack of inner aggression), but after facing off against some pretty tough dudes in my time for training purposes, I wonder if in order to compete in MMA - all the way to UFC - requires a special kind of person, or if its more a skill level that is learned & achieved?
For sake of comparison: lots of guys can throw a football, hit a baseball, or sprint & catch - but few can do it on the level as the pros. Is mma effectively the same thing?