Always respect the champ, when you don’t you pay…

“The heart of the virtuous person is settled down, and he does not rush about at things. A person of little merit is not at peace, but walks about making trouble and is in conflict with all.” -Hagakure

Last night, a brilliant MMA fighter from Sacramento was taught a valuable lesson in the UFC Octagon by MMA icon Anderson Silva. Irving, who is no slouch- must have been overly excited about his last win in the UFC. In the pre-fight interviews, Irving was just wreckless in his speech about Silva. He was not just talking with confidence, it wreaked of arrogance.

For those unaware, Silva is a highly decorated MMA veteran. He is a lean, tough, psychologically strong, fully focused warrior. Like all true champions, he wins and loses with dignity. He came in confident, but calm.

My wife felt sure that Irving was gonna be a real threat to Silva (in part I’m sure because of Irvings tough-talk). I told her, there are two things we must consider.

1) Despite his impressive victories, has Irving fought anyone we can compare to Silva?

The answer is NO.

2) There is a big difference between talking about fighting a champion- and actually FIGHTING a champion. so the question is, “Does Irving have the mettle to deal with a world class champion once the cage is locked”?

From the footage I saw, the answer is…NO

I hope that Irving come back to the UFC soon. He is a soldier to the fullest. But he believed the hype on himself before he was tested by a decorated MMA vet. You can’t do that. No matter what the situation, you come in with your head bowed, your heart high and give it all you got. Anything else you do beyond that, is just smoke an mirrors.

Always have as much dignity in your victory, as you do in defeat.

Young warriors, please take note of this on the mic, in the ring and on the boards. Congrats to Silva for another amazing victory.


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