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UFC middleweight Joaquin Buckley, 26, is smart. After winning back to back $50,000performance bonuses, just 40 days apart, most fighters would buy a nice car and quit their day job. However, "New Mansa" is working on an apparel line called Solid Foundation, but until it is off the ground, he is sticking to his day job at Walgreens.
"The thing is ... besides UFC -- and they're giving me these big checks -- I still don't have a business of my own. So, I need to just keep working," said Buckley to TMZ Sports. "So I need to keep that working mentality and work ethic. So, I'm gonna just keep holding down a job.
"Now if I'm able to make a business for myself, which I think there is a perfect opportunity to start right now. We are starting up an apparel line, Solid Foundation. People can follow that on Instagram - /solidfoundation_shop - get that bump. But until my business is off the ground, we are still going to be working at Walgreens."
Buckley has had a busy 2020. In July he TKO'd Jackie Gosh at LFA 87. His big show debut ended with TKO loss late in Round 3 to Kevin Holland, but he bounced back big, with back to back performance bonuses beating Impa Kasanganay and Jordan Wright. The Kasanganay win was a KO of the Year contender. And he wants to fight again in January, and has an opponent picked out - James Krause.
"He's just out here spreading lies and spreading rumors," said Buckley. "it's getting frustrating and for him to think he can just keep talking his stuff without any type of punishment or any type of consequences, it's ridiculous! I'm gonna see him regardless if the UFC gives me the fight or not."