UFC veteran and RIZIN fighter Yoshinori Horie has astonishingly admitted that he took on sex work in order to fund his dream of becoming an MMA fighter.

The 26-year-old took to social media on Sunday to reveal that he jerked off men in order to earn cash before insisting he is not a homosexual.

“Five years ago, when I was with a friend, I was told that I could get money just by handjob in Shibuya, but I followed him, but I thought it was like that AV! Lol I was told to hide my face with a solid mosaic and it was explained that it was not like that, but I was deceived in various ways lol I didn’t have the money and I really wanted to do martial arts on my own!

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“I got 20,000 yen ($174.41) in less than an hour, but it was pretty big! I was able to face martial arts in a short time, exceeding the amount of 2 days of part-time work that I do for 8 hours while standing! It’s pretty painful now, but as long as I’m alive I can chase my dreams! And I like women, not gays! I’ve done the money to live to do martial arts”

Yoshinori Horie Has Left Sex Work Behind & Is Doing Well In MMA

Luckily, Horie didn’t have to spend too much time in the sex industry after making a living in MMA. The Japanese fighter boasts a 12-3 record and is currently riding a three-fight win streak. In 2019, he fought in the UFC but was knocked out and is yet to be invited back. Since then, Horie has been plying his trade in Asia and is 4-1 in his last five fights.

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Do you think more fighters will follow in the footsteps of Yoshinori Horie by turning to sex work in order to fund their MMA career?

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