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MMA Fighter

Stress

Most fighters become fighters because they love to fight—they thrive on the contact, the bumps, bruises, cuts, and scrapes (causing those to others), and even the intense physical pain—and because it takes a pretty fearless person to jump into the ring, most career-related stress isn't directly associated with the fear of injury. However, there can be issues of anxiety when an injury sidelines a fighter for an extended period of time during which they can't make money, or when hospital bills accumulate, or when they pass the peak fighting age (unless you’re Randy Couture, your career is going to be over by age 35 at the latest, whether you've suffered a major injury or not) and have to start thinking about bringing in an alternate source of income. Funny—for us, it would be the stress of being kicked and punched repeatedly in the solar plexus.

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