Buckley Blog Bits – August 31, 2016

I’ll be discussing a little bit of everything in today’s edition, as I’ll talk about some mixed martial arts news, an article I read on Psychology Today, and a baseball opinion for good measure:

  • To start things off, I’d like to say that I love the UFC’s signing of Polish lightweight Marcin Held. I’ve been a big fan of his for years.  He’s a former Bellator lightweight title contender, and is only 24 years of age with a record of 22-4 (11-3 in Bellator, with his losses coming against former champions Michael Chandler and Will Brooks, plus one to title contender Dave Jansen, a loss that he recently avenged).  I’m really happy to see that the UFC signed him, because I think he has a wealth of potential so it’ll be great to see him fight the world’s best on a consistent basis.
  • It’s rare that I get pretty excited for a UFC Fight Pass card, but I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s card featuring a heavyweight matchup between Andrei Arlovski (25-12, 1 NC) and Josh Barnett (34-8). This fight was supposed to happen 8 years ago at an Affliction event that ultimately was delayed and then relaunched with a reshuffled card (Arlovski lost to Fedor Emelianenko on that card, while Barnett defeated Gilbert Yvel).  Both are legends in the sport of mixed martial arts, both are former UFC heavyweight champions, and both are at the end of their careers, but it makes for an intriguing matchup nonetheless for me.
  • I was reading an article entitled ‘7 Ways Mentally Strong People Bounce Back From Failure’ this morning (link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201608/7-ways-mentally-strong-people-bounce-back-failure ), and the one aspect that stuck out to me the most was the part that said “mentally strong people use failure as an opportunity to spot their weaknesses,” and this is absolutely true. I was watching a tv show recently where Duke Roufus, a well-respected MMA coach, told his students “if you’re not winning, you’re learning” and that’s absolutely true.  Failure, or whatever you’d like to call it, gives you a chance to learn what your weaknesses are.  Take for example if you’re working out, and you decide to go for a jog and you find that your cardio isn’t up to par with where you’d like it to be.  You haven’t failed at your goal of going for a nice jog, but rather you’ve discovered that you need to work on your cardio a little bit more because it’s not one of your strong points, or it’s not as strong as you’d prefer it to be.
  • Listening to the radio show hosts on SportsNet 590 talk about Joe Biagini and how well he’s pitched this year (he really has had an amazing season, and been an incredible find by the Jays), made me remember how he’s actually been even better than his numbers indicate once you look at the lousy month of June he had. Over a span of 5 weeks, his ERA was 7.36 when he gave up 9 earned runs in 11 innings between June 3 and July 5, and to be honest I was getting worried that his luck had run out.  Needless to say, those concerns were unnecessary and he’s been lights out the rest of the time since his ERA outside of that 5 week stretch is 1.00 (for the season his ERA is 2.25; 14 earned runs allowed in 56.0 innings, but he’s conceded only 5 earned runs in 45.0 innings outside of that rough stretch).

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