Bristol Marunde is probably best known to fight fans for his participation in the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he scored victories over George Lockhardt and Julian Lane. But the Sequim, WA native, now fighting out of Xtreme Couture in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, has appeared everywhere from the IFL to Strikeforce in an almost ten year MMA career.
In addition, he’s busy flipping houses in both the Las Vegas and Seattle areas, as well as running an MMA promotion, Reign FC, in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Balancing all three, along with his family, has been a challenge, Marunde told MMA Junkie radio, as he prepares to face Micah Miller at Titan FC next week.
Back in 2012, Marunde had a last minute offer to fight for a major promotion — a bout that would fall on the same night as one of his own promotion’s events.
“I was fighting Jacare (Ronaldo Souza),” Marunde recalled. “They (Strikeforce) had called me on a week’s notice. Man, that was a tough decision: I had a (event) this Saturday, and I have a chance to fight in Strikeforce this Saturday…? So I did both! It’s difficult. It puts a lot of stress on my fight career.”
Days prior to that event, Marunde received a call from a fighter who was struggling to make weight for his bout on the event Marunde was promoting. Marunde was cutting weight for his own bout at the time.
Marunde describes his fight career as “taking a back seat” to making money in other ventures. “Most fighters don’t make good money in MMA,” he admits. “Even when fighters say they do, that’s just because they’re used to being poor. Okay, so you don’t live on a couch now?”
“You have to make a lot of money in fighting to make a real career of it,” he continues. “Otherwise, you have to go back to work after you quit fighting. Unless you own a gym and want to live that way. I don’t want to do that. I want to retire on a nice boat, and do what I want to do.”
“Fighting has been an awesome hobby,” Marunde says. “It’s been more than a hobby, it’s almost been an obsession. But it’s very distracting. I’m going to the gym when I could be working another three or four hours, but I love to do it. I don’t feel I’ve really gotten to the height of my ability inside the cage. So, until I get to that point, I’m going to keep fighting.”
“Nobody wants me to fight,” he admits. “I don’t really have support anymore, other than my gym, my friends, and my trainers. It doesn’t make sense for me to fight anymore. It’s not logical; financially it costs me money to fight. But you know what? I started out doing this. I became a martial artist along the way. I don’t want to quit yet. There’s more I want to accomplish. It’s a personal thing for me. I have more to show inside the cage. I’m not satisfied yet.”