We heard depressing stories from UFC fighters who said they went through hardships in their younger years and how MMA saved their life. Some would say they're BS to gain sympathy. I see soccer/basketball players and boxer stories as more genuine because their sport are cheap as dirt and easily accessible. Unlike MMA gyms that are ridiculously expensive, they're a white collar sport and is almost on par with water and ice sports. They're not easily attainable so you would be spending over $3000 for the next 2 years to become skilled. So, there's absolute noway an aspiring fighter that are on poverty line, broken families or expat out of war/crime ridden country etc would choose MMA as a way to make living in a combat sport. How are they able to afford it and how can we verify their stories as authentic?