There are many different professions that pose a risk to the employee.

In some jobs, there are risks that pose a greater threat than others, and being a professional fighter certainly poses its own risks when you enter the workplace. For some events outside of the cage, though, there is no level of combat training that can help prepare you. With his previous employment, Australia’s Suasday Chau had his own unique risks that he faced every day he put on his uniform.

“On and off for the past three years I have been sub-contracting for Australia Post. I’ve been bitten and chased by dogs and all kinds of things [laughs], and sometimes the people can be worse than the animals,” Chau explained in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “I remember this one time I was delivering a parcel to a house. As I pulled up, I could see something near the front door, but didn’t really think much of it. As I got closer to the door, I saw it was a snake with its head up.

“I quickly threw the parcel at it and I fucking ran back to the car [laughs]. I was in the car and I looked back over and it hadn’t moved, so I got back out and I could see the homeowner standing there laughing at me. Turns out it was it was a taxidermy snake [laughs]. I looked like a bit of an idiot, but that was certainly an experience for me.”

Heading to the tryouts for The Ultimate Fighter: Nations, which is set to feature welterweights and middleweights, Chau boasts three career wins, which have all come by way of submission. It’s not something that his game plan necessarily employs. Instead, it’s more of a case of being in the right place at the right time.

Chau (Facebook)

“I’m happy to fight anywhere, but guys were just trying to take me down and I didn’t really have the choice,” he admitted. “I just thought that if they are going to take me down there, I am going to win there too [laughs].”

As a natural featherweight, Chau knows that he will be up against opponents of a bigger stature, but he also recognizes the advantage of not having to worry about watching what he eats too much or the negative effects of a weight cut.

“I was hoping that [the upcoming season] would be featherweight or lightweight this time around, since it was lightweight and welterweight last time,” he said. “This is it, though. I am ready to go now, so I guess we’ll just see where it takes me.

“Whenever I have fought at lightweight before, I always felt pretty healthy, so I know that going in as a welterweight would mean that I am at 100 percent, and not having to worry about weight cuts or losing muscle mass would be a plus for me too.”

Chau is no stranger to traveling to fight. In his home state of South Australia, the amount of mixed martial arts events are minimal. That, however, hasn’t stopped him from using his own initiative to find a fight.

“Like any dream, you have to be willing to pay the price upfront,” he admitted. “If you really want to fight, you’ve gotta work hard for it. There’s plenty of fights out there, you’ve just gotta call promoters and make your own way there. You have to be eager for it.

“You’ve gotta pay your dues, and if you aren’t willing to do that, you’re not thinking of the bigger picture. To a degree, we, as fighters, are sub-contractors and we have to do a lot of things for ourselves. You can’t feel that you are owed anything in this business, and you can’t expect others to pick up your tab as you try and make it.”

Having delivered the final parcel for the Australia Post, Chau now enters the race to fill one of the spots as a member of Team Australia under Kyle Noke on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. And when he flies to the tryouts on Sept. 11, he will have a special delivery of his own for the selectors. This delivery will see him taking a risk that can bring him a reward like no other.

Suasday would like to thank his family, loved ones and friends. Keeping his personal life private and not going into specifics, he adds: “You know who you are. We have shared much laughter and a few tears together.” He would like to acknowledge David White, for allowing him the use of his training facilities. His support and belief in him is much appreciated and never taken for granted. He would also like to thank Q Life for his regular Spinopractic massage rehabilitation. Follow him on Twitter: @suasday

Photo: Suasday Chau (R) delivers a punch (Facebook)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.