Photos and Story by Slade Kemmet

“Have you ever been to a fight before?”

Demian Papagni, a tough looking, colorfully tattooed man asked. “It’s kinda like a car wreck,” he went on, “it’s one thing to see it on TV, it’s a whole ‘nother thing to see it in person.”

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“The fighting lifestyle is different from any other in that you’re the boringest person your friends know,”

Papagni explained. Papagni is at work by 6 a.m. each morning, gets home at five, eats, trains at the gym, watches the news and goes to bed. He says his weekends are about the same. He doesn’t drink, party, or go to bars like he used to.

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“I don’t give a fuck if I’m here for the rest of my life.”

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