Been busy, two cards again tonight! I watching everything, but some of the undercards are a big unexciting. Used to be unusual I didn't not much about fighters, now most of the undercard I've never heard of!
SUCCESS: A lot of little things done well
MMA fighter tests positive for modafinil. Interesting.
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Aldo looked fucking unbelievable last Saturday. Mini Mendes was on top of his game and still got beat like a drum.
Aldo vs. Conor is the first legit power headliner lighter weight fight in recent history. Could be a trilogy.
Thought this was a pretty cool article worth sharing...
LIFE AS MMA: THE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE AT A UFC EVENT
By Pedro Olavarria
"Life can be likened to a UFC event. At any given UFC event there are three kinds of people: the fighters who open themselves up to the possibility of glorious victory or ruinous defeat; there are promoters and food vendors who hustle and compete for money, and finally the spectators, who are just taking it all in, not winning and not losing in any meaningful way. In the UFC and in life, the vast majority of people are spectators. In this hypothetical UFC event, as in life, the people who have the most profound experience of the event are also the most at risk of suffering, the fighters.
Epicurus believed right and wrong were defined by pleasure and pain, pleasure is good and pain is bad. Desire is a form of pain therefore desires are bad. Nevertheless, Epicurus saw that there were natural and necessary desires: food, shelter, good health; natural but not necessary desires: rich tasting foods, sweet wine and the embrace of erotic love; and finally, vain and empty desires: power, wealth and fame. For Epicurus, people should minimize their desires, to the necessary and natural, in order to minimize pain and be happy. This is similar to Buddhism were life is permeated with suffering; the cause of suffering is desire and so the minimization of desire through discipline is prescribed. Both Epicurus and Buddha would agree that the fighter is the worst role to play in the UFC. Both in life and in the arena, they would tell us to be the fans in the crowd and not the fighters, sparing us from the pain of loss and defeat.
In, The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), Spanish poet, novelist and philosopher, Miguel de Unamuno saw all human consciousness as the awareness of our inevitable deaths. For Unamuno, to be human is to suffer and any attempt to permanently end suffering is nothing less than an attempt to cease being human. Unamuno starts with the same premise as Buddha, to live is to suffer, but has the exact opposite prescription for dealing with suffering. Unamuno teaches us that suffering is vital, that suffering is to be embraced. The existence of intense suffering requires the existence of intense joy. For Unamuno, all human consciousness is consciousness of mortality and suffering therefore any attempt to reject suffering is to reject consciousness itself. Unamuno and Buddha leave us with two options: avoid suffering and have a placid modicum of happiness; or embrace the intense suffering of life, which is only made possible because of the existence of intense joy. I believe every professional MMA fighter has unwittingly made the second choice.
No one can watch Rose Numajunas celebrate a victory and not see that she is experiencing intense ecstasy. The thrill of victory in MMA must be emotionally intense. Fighters in the UFC, walk past thousands of screaming fans, some praising and others jeering, their favorite music blaring on sound speakers, pumping and reverberating through a gigantic metal dome, only to strip down and get locked in a cage with a trained killer, a killer who wants to beat them unconscious or make them surrender in front of their lover, mother, enemies and friends. As Rose Numajunas showed in her first win on TUF, itâ€™s an experience which can culminate in an explosive release of emotion. The opposite is also true in defeat. We have seen BJ Penn, licking the blood of his gloves, in victory; we have seen BJ Penn weep in defeat. We have seen the post-gladiatorial depression of Roxanne Modafarri and Andy Wang. After all the training and sacrifice, someone has to lose and the intense euphoria some fighters experience is often paralleled with the equally intense sadness of their opponents. Watch behind the scenes footage of any UFC program and you will see some of the bravest and toughest athletes in the world, weeping from a loss.
This is why I believe that, in some sense, MMA fighters are the most human of professional athletes in that they defy the ancients by experiencing the full range of emotion that defines a human being. In victory or defeat, in wealth or in poverty, in sickness or in health, whether they are hated or loved, MMA fighters experience the best and worst of human experience. If we extrapolate this model of a UFC event on to a city or nation, the vast majority of people are spectators and not fighters. Most people sit and watch as others brave uncertainty and live out their dreams. The spectators think they are safe, often living a subservient and circumcised existence, never understanding that no path is truly secure or certain. Why? Because they are ruled by Fear and watching allows them to live vicariously through braver souls; because the warrior path, like true love, leaves us open to the greatest joy and the greatest sorrow, the greatest freedom and the greatest uncertainty. All is fair in love and war because both will end in trauma or ecstasy.
As Robert E. Howard says, in the mouth of Conan the Barbarian, â€œLet me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."
The new season of TUF is getting so irritating with all that drama and drama and drama... Some of those girls are acting in a way I hoped not to see after elementary school.
It doesn't get easier... It's you who gets better.
Is your social worker in that horse?
Success has a price, not a secret.
UFC 181 tomorrow night. Should be a good one.
Agreed. Hendricks and Lawler are flat out top level brawlers. I'll be rooting for Hendricks, but like and respect both fighters.
Anthony Pettis is one of the best fighters to ever live...and at the age of 27, should be able to prove it for a good while more!
This was SO weird. I wanted Lawler to win but honestly I don't think he did. So weird.
close fight, I've no issues with 48-47 either way, but the 49-46 card was a joke!