Former World Series Of Fighting Featherweight Champion Rick Glenn is currently winless under the UFC banner, having dropped a fight to Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 94.
Prior to signing with the UFC in 2016, Glenn had a full time job at Costco, a job he has since left to focus on his professional MMA career.
“It was pretty difficult. I wasn’t spending enough time with my wife, and it came down to finding a better balance with my home life and training,” he said to The MMA Circus. “I had the opportunity to offset some costs from work. And the big thing, I think, was the health insurance. That was a huge thing. We didn’t want to spend more on health insurance. We’re switching over to my wife’s employer’s benefits, but we’re paying a bit extra that way. But we have a better balance at home; I see her a little more, and I get to train, obviously, as much as I want. It’s different for us, because I’ve always had a steady income, my wife has always had a steady income with a steady employer. So a lot of my time is invested into that one big paycheck, so it is pretty scary that way. You gotta take a lot of things into consideration – making sure you’re getting enough training but not too much, not getting injured, getting enough rest, all of that extra stuff.”
While it was hard for Glenn to leave his full time job, his former employers were in high spirits as he left them.
“They were happy for me,” he said. “It’s been a goal of mine ever since I started just to train and fight full time. So they were really happy and supportive.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.