A mixed martial artist could walk—or be carried—out of the cage with broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, or deep lacerations in need of stitches, but the greatest pain they can suffer is defeat.
In the game of MMA, a win—either on the regional or global stage—will always move the victor in a positive direction, whereas, a loss can set someone several steps back; it’s not known as the “hurt business” for nothing.
With respect to team sports, nobody shows up in hopes of having their loss column filled, but a dramatic difference being: a lengthy season allows the dissatisfaction of a setback to be more easily swept under the rug, returning the next day or so to rediscover their groove. Fighters, on the other hand, only compete several times a year; therefore, they are left to soak in their failure until, eventually, getting another opportunity in the future.
At the close of the bell, regardless of a mixed martial artist’s hand not being raised, it’s unfortunate how unforgiving the fight game can be—especially when they pour a lifetime into it—but it’s all about mindset to lift any deflated spirits and bounce back.
Prompted from the A to Z Challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/.