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Mental Toughness

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After watching UFC 55 recently, the mental toughness of the fighters became very apparent to me. Some of the fighters scheduled for UFC 56 were interviewed, but it was different than other fighting sports I’ve seen. Two pairs of fighters were interviewed. Each pair that was matched up with each other were sitting side by side and discussing strategy witn the interviewer. Now, in boxing, I’ve seen competitors be friendly towards each other, but they always shy away from strategy. This was different, they were asked how they planned on beating the opponent (who was right next to them) and they would go on to explain weaknesses they saw in the other’s game.

I’m becoming more and more of a fan of the UFC. It has less feaux hype than almost any sport I’ve seen. When fighters say what they plan on doing right in front of their opponent, then go into the ring and somehow manage to still win the fight, that’s pretty impressive to me. Another thing I’m impressed by is the genuine mutual respect most fighters have for each other. It seems as though the fighters truly just love to fight, that they are in it for the love of the game. After most fights, each fighter will show their genuine respect to the other fighter and make sure they’re alright.

I’m liking this stuff more and more each time I watch it.

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