Having not fought since his August 2016 loss to Demian Maia, former UFC interim welterweight champion and multiple time title challenger Carlos Condit found the need to work some regular jobs while he figured life out.
A pro since 2002, fighting is all Condit knows.
Having tried the private sector, Condit explained to The MMA Hour that his trade is prize-fighting, and that’s why he decided it was time for a return to the UFC.
It’s an interesting story involving medical sales, operation rooms in orthopedics, and coffee beans. It’s a story you might not expect from a former UFC champion and legend of the sport. However, thanks to low fighter pay, many UFC athletes, even ones on Carlos Condit’s level, rarely make enough during their competitive lives to retire comfortably.
Condit reveals the struggles of being a fighter but having to find regular jobs to provide for his growing family. And explained he’s returning to fighting because he’s “Got mouths to feed.”
During the interview, Condit broke down a few of the jobs he’s been working outside of Martial Arts.
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“I dabbled in a few different things. I was doing some medical sales stuff. I actually started a company as well. I’m a big time coffee guy and I started a coffee company with some guys I met in the medical sales industry. I’m still doing that, and I’m really enjoying it.”
“Building a new company requires a lot of people to work for free. And it’s going really well, but as of now it’s not a paying gig.”
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“Doing some stuff in Orthopedics. It was cool, it was interesting. Obviously, blood doesn’t bother me too much.”
So there you have it. Depite being out of action for the past year, the former UFC champion remained working hard and providing an honost living fo his family.
Obviously, these days will rapidly be behind Condit as he readies for his UFC 219 return against Neil Magny. UFC 219 goes down from Las Vegas on December 30. The night’s main card will air live on pay-per-view.