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‘I would do it for free, but I have to be well-paid’: UFC 281’s Renato Moicano discusses ‘ambiguous’ approach to fighting career

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Renato Moicano’s impassioned post-fight speech at UFC 271 earlier this year in which he said he “wanted money” didn’t translate into the $50,000 bonus he was hoping for after he strangled Alexander Hernandez in Texas. However, he will not turn on the UFC because of this.

The American Top Team athlete jumped at the opportunity to face former champion Rafael dos Anjos less than a month later, losing to his fellow Brazilian by a five-round decision in a matter of days. Moicano knows that he risked several brain cells in that 25-minute war, but he would have done it again and again.

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“I started realizing that every fight I have is an investment,” Moicano said this week. free exchange before the UFC 281 fight with Brad Riddell in New York. “Just like a guy invests in stocks and funds, I invest with my work, I invest money.

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“And if I literally invest my life and sweat, if I invest my sweat and blood, when can I be with my family, if I invest in literally losing a few brain cells getting punched in the face like my last fight, I should be well paid for this, and I should learn how to handle money.”

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Moicano, the son of a civil servant in Brazil, said his father’s job stability meant he was never taught finance at home. As an MMA fighter — a job you only get paid for when you step into the ring or cage to compete — Moicano realized he needed to manage his money wisely in post-career life.

“My financial life is built long before [that UFC 271 interview]so I will have money when I retire,” Moicano said. “It’s time to get together, fight and win, sign new contracts and win more money, so I don’t have to worry about putting my whole life into the sport without any financial return.”

Competing in MMA since 2010 and defeating Jeremy Stevens, Calvin Kattar and Cub Swanson in 13 Octagon matches in nearly eight years, the Brazilian says he didn’t change his end line out of fear of the brain cells he lost along the way. .

“That’s what’s so funny about it,” Moicano said. “Money is crucial, money is what we invented and mankind can never be free of it, because that is how we exchange, that is how we produce and improve our lives, but money is just as important as spending, because i would do everything i do for free. Two things in life are finding something you would do for free and getting paid well for it.

“And that’s why I’m so grateful. You will never see me complain about the UFC or how much I get paid because it doesn’t matter. Everyone has their own struggle. I should put my knees on the ground and be grateful that I can do what I love and get paid for it. But like I said, I should be well paid because I’m one of the best in the world and I’m risking my health.

“It sounds ambiguous, antagonistic, something meaningless. I would do it for free, but I should be well paid because I do it well. It’s funny, but that’s how I feel.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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