Losing

Stevenson: You can find out the hard way that you’re in the wrong sport. Like, a lot of these guys, what’s the reason that you fight? You have to ask them. If you ask the Diaz Brothers, what they do and what they’re good at? Fight. They love to fight. That’s what they do. That’s who they are. You’ll find out really quick if you’re a fighter or not against them. Just because you fight in the UFC, that doesn’t mean you’re a fighter.

Fighters, real fighters, they know they have a chance no matter what, the whole fight, and they love that. They don’t give a fuck. They don’t care what’s happening. They know in that last minute, that last round, they’ve still got a chance and they don’t care what the other guy thinks, because they know the other guy wants to beat them too. That’s a fighter. But a lot of these guys aren’t like that at all. A lot of these guys, they just want to have people recognize them in the streets. That’s not a fighter. You’re not a fighter. ‘I just want to fight because I want to have a good enough career to open up a gym.’ No. That’s a small business owner. You want to be a small business owner. You don’t want to be a fighter. You want to work for yourself. Good for you. I don’t like coaching those guys, but I love to fight those guys because I know if I hit that guy, he’s going to hurt. And when he hurts, he’s going to change.

But Nate, the whole time, he kept coming forward. He lost the fight. I knew I won the fight. There was like 30 seconds left, and he still… kept… coming for me. And I respect that the most, because if I would’ve given him the opportunity, he would’ve beaten the shit out of me.

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Winning is easy, a fizzy bottle of champagne waiting to explode with exuberance.

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Losing takes you to another place, where the spirit shines through, it places the responsibility of action at your feet.

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Are you gonna try fly again? Are you gonna surf the waves again?

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Transform.

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