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BestBuy Manager Pursues Vanier to Become MMA Pro

Written on September 07, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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To sustain his child's needs, Carey Vanier decided to be a full-time MMA fighter.

will disregard Best Buy even if there are risks. The lightweight was interviewed for a promotion at the big-box retailer and suddenly realized he hadn’t taken any. He was always uncertain if his career would give evident money to his son.

And what kind of example would he set for his child?

“It got my head going,” he said. Not long enough when he decided to put both feet on the octagon he had watched his college buddy and future stable mate Roger Huerta as he enters the stardom. He gave up the manager’s position to became a fighter.

“I was like, I can do this,” Vanier (8-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) said.

As of the moment, with what’s likely to be the toughest fight of his career just days away, he thinks he made the right choice.

“Looking back, maybe I should have stuck with MMA, and who knows where my career would be at right now,” he said. “On the flip side, I could say that I wouldn’t have been able to take care of my son.”

Vanier will welcome veteran Rich Clementi (35-16-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) into the Bellator cage this Thursday at in New Orleans. The Victorious of the two gets a spot in the promotion’s season-four lightweight tournament. It might be just the chance to prove that after a disappointing first bid at Bellator, finally he is on the gold.

Victory over the experienced Clementi would be a great opportunity. It will also open the door to season four’s tournament prize, including a big check that would give him the privilage to pay back his mom.

He’s a regular at Greg Jackson’s MMA mecca in Albuquerque, N.M., after WEC veteran Donald Cerrone enlisted him for wrestling knowledge.

“I think at every point in most MMA fighters’ careers, they think about that one big fight that they’re going to get (and) the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of,” Vanier said. “I’m definitely looking at this fight as that opportunity.

“By no means would I ever overlook Rich, but at the same time, I’m not going to say that he’s somebody that I can’t beat. I think that this is going to be a good fight to show everybody what I’ve learned from my first fight in Bellator to this fight now.”

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