Posted by shinobi
i hate it when fighters or fans make up excuses for a fighters loss. a reason is different, an example would be : he didnt throw enough jabs or leg kicks and let the other guy control the fight. this would indicate a fighter made a mistake and needs to learn from it, but got beat. an excuse like, he slipped or something or got hit in the back of the head like GSP did, doesnt sit well with me. those things happen, serra didn't mean to and it wasnt a big deal, GSP could've shot on serra and grappled until regaining strength. any thoughts?
GSP didn't slip. He said that Serra tagged him on the back of the head and he was dazed and wasn't able to recover. He told me personally. There were other reasons that factored into his loss, but never once did he say that he should've won the fight.
That being said, what part of getting hit on the back of the head is an excuse? If you get hit and it hurts or makes you dazed that is what happen and if it contributed or was the reason for the loss, then it's not an excuse.
For you to say that Serra didn't mean to hit GSP in the head is a bit presumptuous of you. For you to judge what a fighter could've or should've done is also totally presumptuous and arrogant. How do you know what he could and couldn't do at that time?
As for a reason vs. an excuse.
There is always a reason for losing, but not always an excuse.
Reasons would be things like:
the other guy was better
I made a mistake
I wasn't mentally ready
I got tired
I was injured (but it doesn't show)
I was sick (but it doesn't show)
I was jet lagged (but it doesn't show)
I didn't have enough time to prepare
However, many times, the things people use as excuses do really contribute to the loss. I think the difference boils down to your personal definition. I like to think that a reason is something observed, whereas an excuse is something that is less tangible (i.e. there is no evidence of the excuse given). The other thing is excuses take something away from the winner and reasons do not.