In another topic, it came up that one of the posters is a "professional fighter" (Master Betty). That leads me to wonder how common it is, and how viable it is, to make your living as a full time "professional" fighter. Are there any posters here who make their primary living from "fighting" (not coaching or instructing) ? If so, in what sport/art/whatever? How much does it pay? Are there benefits like paid days off, health insurance, retirement, etc? How long does an average career last? What are people planning to do (or doing) post-career? What does an average week look like (training-wise)? How often do you get fights? How much lead time and what are the average purses (win or loss)? If you do this full time, what does this equate to for standard of living? House, car, vacations, money in the bank? Are you making a good living by fighting alone? Or, do you supplement it? Do you have to work a day job to make ends meet and fund your fighting career?