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Brilz striking the balance

4/27/2011
AP Photo/Eric Jamison

Jason Brilz pulls his weight, just like any true family man. He does chores, cooks meals and participates in group discussions when there are lessons to be taught or learned, all while he is on the clock.

In addition to being a light heavyweight contender in the UFC, Brilz has been a full-time firefighter for the Omaha Fire Department in Omaha, Neb., for more than four years. He will step into the Octagon against former International Fight League champion Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 129 on Saturday at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, but he plans to be back at work the following week, putting out fires and saving lives.

Brilz and his co-workers also serve as emergency medical personnel for the city -- a part of the job that makes up the majority of their runs.

“Just recently, a lady had a heart attack at her work,” Brilz tells Sherdog.com. More »