When MMA veteran Ivan Menjivar returned to the sport of MMA in 2010 after a four-year absence, he did so while still retaining his full-time job as a security guard at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport in Montreal.
Menjivar had already fought 27 times prior to his comeback, and his decision to return appeared to pay off when he made his way to the UFC and racked up an initial three-fight winning streak.
Menjivar was long enough in the tooth to know that success in the sport can be fleeting however, so he resisted the temptation to focus on competing full-time.
“I tried that before, and it was okay, but at the same time it was a little bit boring,” Menjivar told FCFighter in 2011 when asked about ditching his day job. “Just fighting, fighting, fighting. I would like to work a little bit less, but it’s still good to change ideas and don’t just think about the MMA world. It’s healthy to do something else and it’s good pay.”
In hindsight that seems like a good move on his part as he’d lose four of his next five fights in the Octagon before retiring in 2014 – still financially secure thanks to having retained his security job.