While buildings burn, bombs explode on the battlefield, or screams for help echo in the air, the majority of the population is running in the opposite direction, leaving a brave minority to risk their personal safety and run into the dangers of the unknown.
Comparing first responders and those on the front lines of war to mixed martial artists may seem silly, but their mindsets—going against the basic tenets of self-preservation—are mirror images of one another. In fact, a collection of fighters were formerly, or are currently, medics, military, or some other community hero. Several examples include: the UFC’s Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic, Tim Kennedy, “The All-American” Brian Stann, Liz Carmounce, Neil Magny, and many more.
The concept of locking yourself in a cage to play a nearly ruleless game—before the stares of everyone tuned-in around the world while wearing nothing more than glorified underwear—would freeze anyone “normal” in their tracks. Although there is no medal of bravery for competing in a sanctioned fist fight, every contest can be worn as a badge of honor, because few would dedicate their lives to honing such a craft.
Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.