- I’m not a huge fan of the UFC making a lot of interim title fights over the past year (personally, I don’t even consider the interim title to be a real title; I look at it as a number one contender label), but I do like the UFC scheduling Yoel Romero versus Robert Whittaker. However, I really would’ve preferred to see Romero fight Gegard Mousasi, but that wasn’t going to happen with Mousasi currently exploring free agency and reportedly being unhappy with the UFC’s latest contract offer. Hopefully the UFC keeps Mousasi, and fellow free agent Souza around, otherwise both of them would be major coups for Bellator and would leave the UFC’s middleweight division looking pretty thin.
- I love the idea of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending the title against ex-bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. With the exception of Ray Borg, Johnson has practically cleaned out the flyweight division and I think someone like Dillashaw would be a great challenge for Johnson and this really would be a superfight in my opinion, even if it’s not a champion versus champion affair.
- I’ve been reading the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and I’m really enjoying it. So much so that I received the book 4 days ago and should be able to finish it tonight. While I don’t want to give away too much in order to be fair to the author, I’ll say that this book has really shifted the way I think about people who are successful. Furthermore, it also supports the idea that I’ve had that successful people really aren’t that much better than the rest of the population – they just had a certain skill or trait that separated them from the rest of the pack, which gave them an opportunity of which they capitalized on. When you really think about it, anyone can be successful, it’s just a matter of finding that unique opportunity.
I’m going to cover a little bit of psychology and a little bit of MMA in today’s edition. I’ll start with the psychology part first.
I prefer to keep my work life separate from my home life, so I enjoy having a quality work/life balance. So much so that whenever I’ve received a promotion at work, I’ve always made it clear to my employer that having time away from the office is a must for me. This isn’t because of a lack of love for my job, but rather it’s because I recognize that I need adequate time to recharge my mental batteries to ensure that I’m able to perform my best on a daily basis. Plus…I tend to be a bit of a workaholic if given the opportunity, so I like to make it clear that once I leave the office every night that I’m turning work “off” until I come back the next morning.
Whether you’re a segmenter (someone who sets clear boundaries between work and home) or an integrator (someone who combines the two), it’s important to find the style that works best for you. While there’s no “right” way to be, I prefer segmentation for the reasons stated above. But I do happily integrate the two when the situation calls for it, but I try to keep that to a minimum.
The winner of tomorrow night’s Rory MacDonald/Paul Daley fight is slated to take on the winner of Douglas Lima/Lorenz Larkin later this year. Personally, I’d really rather see Rory MacDonald versus Douglas Lima at some point rather than some combination of a rematch of Douglas Lima/Paul Daley, Lorenz Larkin/Rory MacDonald, or Lorenz Larkin/Paul Daley. Sometimes it’s hard to decipher how good a non-UFC fighter really is, but I think that a matchup between Lima and MacDonald would give great insight to how good Lima really is. Even with his UFC departure, MacDonald is viewed as a top five welterweight, and Larkin is viewed at least as a top 15. A win over Larkin for Lima, and then a showdown with MacDonald would really allow the MMA community to get a better idea of how talented Bellator’s welterweight division is in relation to the UFC’s welterweight division.
So ultimately, I’m cheering for Rory MacDonald to beat Paul Daley. Not only for the reasons I stated above, but also because I’m a fan of MacDonald’s and I’m eager to see how he does for Bellator.
In the co-main event of Liam McGeary/Linton Vassell, I’m hoping to see Vassell win. I’ve never been completely sold on McGeary, even if he did have a title reign as Bellator’s light heavyweight champion, so I think Vassell pulls off the win here. I’m unsure of what’s next for the winner of this fight, whether it’s facing the winner of Phil Davis/Ryan Bader for the light heavyweight title at a later date or facing King Mo Lawal in a number one contender matchup, but I’d like to see Vassell win here.
I think Cheick Kongo defeats Augusto Sakai to continue his “reign” as the unofficial Bellator heavyweight champion (or at least in my mind he is, since Bellator took the title away from Vitaly Minakov last year due to a lack of title defenses). I’d really like to see Kongo fight for the vacant title at some point, possibly against the winner of Fedor Emelianenko/Matt Mitrione, because I think it’s a tad ridiculous that Bellator hasn’t crowned a new heavyweight champion after stripping Minakov of the title after not defending the title since April 2014.
Finally, I hate how Bellator puts some of these international cards on tape delay. I would much rather have the option of seeing this card live as it happens, even if that means I’d have to possibly duck out of work early to catch it live. I know that I can avoid the internet and social media to avoid spoilers before I watch, but I’d just rather know that I’m watching the fight unfold live and spontaneously in front of me.
I recently took a break from reading The Confidence Gap (not because I disliked it in the least, but because I like to mix up what I’m reading sometimes) so I decided to check out The Fighter’s Mind by Sam Sheridan. I’m always interested in hearing someone tell a story from their perspective, so I figured this book could act as a sort of unofficial sports psychology book, which is something that interests me.
As someone who enjoys psychology, and specifically sports and work psychology, The Fighter’s Mind turned out to be an excellent book to read. Sam Sheridan interviewed several people in the fighting world, asking them questions about what makes someone a good fighter. But the qualities that he discovered aren’t limited to success only in fighting, but in all walks of life.
Here are a few takeaways from the book, as well as my reflection on my own life while reading the book, that I’d like you to keep in mind, whether you’re mentoring someone or you’re the one learning:
- How you deal with and perceive failure/defeat/setbacks is important. Learn how to learn from these adversities. You need practice and failure in order to improve
- You become what you believe you are. Success is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and if you believe that you cannot do something then you’ve made yourself incapable of doing it
- Coaches need to believe in their students; Students need to trust and respect their coaches
- There’s no top limit or end; Regardless of how good you are right now, you can always improve and reach a new level
- When you go up against higher competition, you get more out of yourself
- Confidence, maturity, and feeling relaxed is something that comes from experience
- Have a good social support system
- Control your emotions, because anger and frustration take away your stamina
- Be humble and open-minded enough that you can learn from everyone around you
- Enjoy what you’re doing. Have fun, and remember why you’re doing it – because you enjoy it
- Keep things in perspective, and when you need to create a new perspective
- Everyone wants to feel important. Everyone wants to feel like what they do matters and has a purpose
While everyone I just listed is important, my absolute two major takeaways here are that how you perceive and believe in your abilities is absolutely vital to how successful you are at anything. In addition, so is how you react to adversity. So if you can focus on only two things here, I’d want you to train yourself on believing in yourself, and train yourself on embracing and overcoming adversity.