A few years ago, I quit my job as a corporate bond trader to become a professional MMA fighter in Peru. I went to Wharton undergrad and interned in finance every summer on various trading desks. I wound up full-time on a prop desk as an analyst and got right into the grind. After two years, I was about to get my own book to trade. But I had always missed my career as a college wrestler.
One day I took a trip to Peru and connected with an MMA team there. They offered to sponsor me to come train with them, and even though it sounded crazy, a few months later I quit my job and moved to Peru to fight full-time. I had five MMA fights during my year there before leaving it behind. Since then I've been living in Spain for two years teaching English.
I wrote a book about the experience called The Cage: Escaping the American Dream.
There are a lot of stories on here about people trying to break in to the finance world, and I thought I'd offer one about breaking out. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.