For the majority of his MMA career, Polish fighter Piotr Hallmann was fighting in the cage, while also serving as a Lieutenant in the Polish navy.
That was no easy task, given that his day job took up 65 hours a week, yet Hallmann managed to rack up an impressive 15-2 professional record, including three fights in the UFC, before he finally decided to devote himself full-time to mixed martial arts in 2014.
It wasn’t a decision he took lightly.
“On one hand the UFC now provides me with an opportunity to turn my hobby – fighting – into a job and get paid well to do that,” Hallmann had mused a couple of years before taking the plunge. “On the other hand, there is no insurance against failure.”
Those would prove to be fateful words as Hallmann lost his next three fights after leaving his day job, leading to him being released from the promotion in 2016, though he’s continued to fight in his native Poland since.