What are common jobs of up and coming pro strikers have to pay bills

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    What are common jobs of up and coming professional strikers have to pay bills?

    I specifically ask about strikers because of the damage, and risk of damage strikers will do to their hands. Yes, they have gloves, and hand wraps, but many times that is not enough.

    The lesser skilled jobs require some dexterity with fingers like bartender, restaurant servers, handymen and office clerks who type on computers all day.

    If you get injured practicing or in fights, then it can seriously impact your ability to perform some less skilled jobs, if that is what you have to pay bills. It is kind of catch 22.
     
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    Any job outside of fighting. I'm not joking. This industry is one that traditionally doesn't generate money well.

    Most of the people looking to make it a career really don't have anything in the way of a real career elsewhere, outside of being a competitor, a unique coach/personal trainer of sorts.
     
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    You may want to avoid jobs in direct contact with the client... Black eyes, forehead cuts, busted lips don't make for a good impression... For those jobs, bosses don't appreciate it you showing up like that.
     
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    A job where most of your time is spent sitting on your ass is the best job for any combat athlete. The last thing you want to be doing is something like construction or other manual labor, then clock out and have to do more hard work. You can only burn the candle at both ends for so long.
     
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    Historically, most I've known have at least done some time in security
     
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    Not to mention the hand strain some of those jobs place. The amount of people having what looks to be arthritis coming from that will be even more compounded with striking.
     
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    personal training, coaches, bartenders, bouncers, IT
     
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    Bouncing and operational security not mall cop nonsense.
     
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    In my experience, most professional strikers are coaches at the gym they fight out of, personal trainers or some kind of blue collar worker (think plumber or electrician).

    Yeah, it sucks if these people then get injured but (with all due respect) most professional MT fighters /boxers I know really aren't the most educated people around. Most of them don't have tertiary qualifications or much of a career path outside of competition. The younger talent that do get into university/college and who manages to snag a decent job will often leave the sport entirely or turn into hobbyists. Given the financial security being a lawyer/accountant/project manager/management consultant/doctor provides, you can hardly blame them for exiting the sport.
     
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    in australia a lot of boxers are concrete workers. good pay and if your boss is o.k a lot of early finishes.
     
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    But a desk job usually requires dexterity in fingers. A striker is seriously putting that ability at risk.
     
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    True, but what job doesn't require the use of your hands?

    If you can type fast with both hands, you can type at a moderate pace with 1 hand if you have to.
     
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    A random thought:

    I'd guess it would probably be best for fighters to work as personal trainers outside of fighting.

    It provides an ok wage with the potential to really grow the amount you make by increasing clientele.

    Plus I'm guessing it would probably be beneficial to be in that industry if you are a fighter - as strength & conditioning is obviously important to fighters.

    Also being a personal trainer & a professional figher would probably make you stand out among other personal trainers > more money in your pocket.
     
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    It goes hand in hand, but personal training is that type of career where you need charm and charisma. If you have the personality of a robotic monk, its not going to be great.
     
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    Model, probably underwear model or something. I even hear there was once an MMA fighter who also a porn star on the side, or other way around.

    Pro Strikers usually are pretty good looking if they can avoid too many face shots. They have to be in shape, and be very comfortable in their bodies. They have to walk down that runway, and let people gawk at them while keeping a straight face.
     
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    A few can do modelling, and even that industry is dirty to the bone as well.

    Fuck, why can't there be normal stuff available.
     
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    i think youll find that most guys that are pro or semi pro probably dont work at all or work very few hours. For myself working and training to compete aint easy thats for damn sure.
     
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    My father was a "coat guy", in a casino. Had some action happening there once and floored a dude.

    He never wanted to be an offical bouncer though.
     
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    How can they afford training, let alone surviving then? Unless they are established and get big money for fights.
     
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