Cody Gibson Almost Became a Teacher Before UFC Called Him
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.21.2014
His life almost took a different turn...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Cody Gibson (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said that before getting the call to fight Aljamain Sterling (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 170, he was set to become a full time teacher. His fight will take place on FOX Sports 1 as part of the preliminary card at Las Vegas in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
On almost becoming a teacher: "I was kind of coming to the point in my life where I had just finished a teaching credential. I was looking to start a full-time teaching position in August, and I kind of told my family, ‘Give me a few more months before we make that decision.' I said if I could get to the UFC, maybe we could hold off on the full-time teaching position. I knew even though I'm only 26, that clock and that window is starting to close, I felt it closing. So once that call came, it was nice – and that motivated me."
On why he almost gave up fighting: "I come from a very traditional background where you provide for your family. If I can provide for my family fighting, then great. But if I can't, then I'm not going to not provide for my family because I'm chasing a pipe dream. For me, it just came down to that. I told my wife previously that if I didn't make it by August, I would have to make a decision. I don't want to do anything 50 percent. I don't want to be half as good a teacher as I can be and half as good of a fighter and always have these, ‘What ifs.' So for when I'm a teacher, I want to be the best I can be. When I'm a fighter, I want to be the best I can be."
On being ready to fight again: "I was considering just calling it a career if I hadn't made it. I'll jump back in there whenever they need me to."