Posted by Art_Jimmerson
Posted by cowcatcher
jeez what do you say about that...these guys get a lot of crap from people on different forums, and that coupled with the fact that they are all high level competitors makes losses that much more painful. this is the kind of stuff that makes me glad we dont allow fighter bashing on here, sometimes we forget that these are real people and having thousands of people talking down about you is a real blow to the normal persons psyche. i hope he makes peace, i dont want to read a follow up article to this one.
It's like being a celebrity, if you put yourself into the spotlight you have to be prepared to take the criticism.
If for one minute anyone thinks that fighters give two sh
its about average people's opinions on them or their skills they are totally mistaken.
When these guys lose I am banking on two things being of concern in their head.
1) Not being able to handle the fact that they are not the best of the best and/or not having an answer to the question. Was I not performing up to my best or was my opponent better than me despite me doing my best?
2) Where their next paycheque is going to come from. Because their career hinges delicately on their performance/record, it can be a great source of stress. This is especially the case considering the win-loss thing is more black and white than it should be. That is, you can still be a great fighter and lose to only top guys, but it ends up looking much worse on paper.