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Ryan Bader On Being A Fighter Vs. Working An Office Job

Steadily-rising UFC light heavyweight fighter Ryan “Darth” Bader is about to enter into the biggest fight of his career, against PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tomorrow night at UFC 119. The bout will either catapult the young fighter into contender’s status or send him back to the drawing board. Despite the heavy stakes, Bader found the time to engage in a light-hearted interview with the Vancouver Sun where he discussed the difference between his current job as a fighter in the world’s most prominent MMA promotion to being a sales and marketing grunt in a large telecommunications company.

“Every day at work there was a bad day,” Bader said of his previous office job. “I’d wake up at 6 a.m., take a shower. I would be miserable because I didn’t get enough sleep. I was probably training after work the night before so I’d come home and eat at 10 p.m. and go right to bed. No free time. I’d drive to work and it takes me an hour-and-a-half. I’m drinking my coffee and the coffee’s probably upsetting my stomach. Finally I get there, go in, some BS e-mails from people not happy about something. Pretend to work for a little while (but) surfing the MMA message boards. I’d go and meet with a bunch of other guys, go get a breakfast burrito, talk about how much we hated the job. Then I’d actually go do some sales, some cold calls, which I absolutely despised. If it was a really bad day, we’d have a cold-call blitz. I’d actually pretend to call sometimes. If my manager walked by, I’d be talking to the phone; nobody would be on it. I’d drive back home, have an hour-and-a-half drive and be miserable. Then I’d go and train and do it all over again. Now a bad day at work: I wake up at 8:30 or 9 a.m. I eat some breakfast. I go to practice, which I love to do anyway. A bad day for me here is getting my ass kicked in the gym by my friends, which actually motivates me to work even harder the next day . . . Getting my butt kicked in the gym, I go home, pout a little bit and come back better the next day. It’s still a million times better. I’m actually doing what I love to do and what I want to do.”

Bader will fight in the co-main event of UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop which airs live on pay-per-view tomorrow night from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.