Everyone knows that being filthy rich is one of the perks of being a professional sports athlete. When athletes go from college to the NBA, MLB, or NFL they instantly become very well paid, full-time professional athletes.
The story isn’t the same for aspiring mixed martial artists. It starts at the amateur level (unpaid) and then a fighter can choose to become a professional and start getting paid to fight, but the paychecks aren’t huge starting out. A second job is usually needed in order to achieve their goal of someday becoming the world champion.
The general assumption is that even guys that fight in the UFC are so well paid that they don’t need a part-time job or anything on the side. It’s true that the top level guys like Brock Lesnar, BJ Penn, and Anderson Silva don’t have jobs besides being a full-time mixed martial artist. But every fighter has to start somewhere and having a job on top of being a fighter is very common for guys starting out in this crazy sport we call mixed martial arts. This list shows that every fighter has to do whatever they need to do to support a family and chase their dream at the same time.