Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rickson Gracie on making decisions

“In life, when presented with any situation, breathe, take your time, focus and then decide what to do.”
-Rickson Gracie

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Joe Rogan on Haters

Joe Rogan has been in the public eye for years and deal with many who love him, but also the haters and critics, which comes with being a celebrity. Nonetheless, Rogan has taken the approach of even listening to any points that haters make and correcting of them that actually can help him. By doing this he takes away the ammunition of those who hate on him, because the things they say only matter if it has any merit. Nonetheless, Rogan is confident that all of these sorts of people are failures:

Haters...are all failures. It's 100% across the board. No one who is truly brilliant at anything is a hater.
-Joe Rogan

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Vitor Belfort on Happiness

Vitor Belfort is a very religious, spiritual, and also one of the greatest talents the MMA world has seen. But his spiritual has influenced him a great deal and allowed him to become a source of inspiration not only in the UFC Octagon, but also with the words he speaks:

The way you treat life and life will treat you back. Make sure you’re happy with whatever is going on in your life.

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GSP on the present moment

I only focus on the present moment.
- Georges St-Pierre

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Dustin Poirier on Weaknesses

Turn your weakness into your strength!
-Dustin Poirier, UFC featherweight

Forrest Griffin quote on Genius

Genius is insanity right up until it works
-Forrest Griffin

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Renzo Gracie on Jiu Jitsu education

"There's more philosophy in jiu-jitsu mats than in any Ivy League school in America."
-Renzo Gracie

Joe Rogan on teammates

Not only is Joe Rogan a UFC commentator but blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and also a former state champion in Tae Kwon Do. He understands the sport so well and also well aware of the camaraderie which surrounds gyms and their members. Which explains this quote:

"Your teammate is like an extension of you."

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Miguel Torres on Perseverance

Miguel Torres has a lot of wisdom inside his bantamweight frame. He is a quote machine and has a ton of wit:

When life knocks you down, calmly get back up, smile, and say, "You hit like a bitch."

Eddie Bravo on Evolving

American BJJ teacher Eddie Bravo will roll with students and make sure that he doesn't try to let his ego get in the way of furthering his system of Jiu-Jitsu, which is based on constant evolution.

Ego can be a big hindrance on the road of self-development, and Eddie ensures that he navigates around his ego to advance his 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu teachings.

Carlos Newton on Fighting and Running

Canada's first UFC champion, Carlos Newton, is a very well-read and philosophical fighter. The former UFC welterweight champ notes that fighting is the first Olympic sport, Pankration, and always felt that MMA was going to the top. Back in 2003 Carlos said the following about MMA:

“I believe it’s going to head in North America right to the top, that is an honest opinion, because I don’t have to tell you KFC smells good, you just got to smell it; it’s the same thing, this sport just looks good when you look at it.”
Newton actually ended up being dead on with this prediction.

Ben Henderson on the process and the journey

Ben Henderson is well-read, introspective, and spiritual, so he imparts a lot of wisdom in a lot of the words he uses. This is one of the most powerful quotes from Henderson is on enjoying the process and journey to greatness.

Kenny Florian on what MMA is all about

This sport is about honor, technique and discipline.
-Kenny Florian

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Enson Inoue on becoming a man

Live as a man, die as a man, become a man.

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Daniel Cormier on Respect

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Brian Stann on keeping things in perspective

A lot of times an MMA fight is a cataclysmic event for individuals and they freeze up under the pressure. The fact that Brian Stann has been through some real war in the army, and not just an MMA "war" in the cage, makes the fight in the cage much less of a event in his mind.

Anderson Silva on the nicest thing a fan has done

Many fighters are highly impressed with how respectful Japanese fans are to fighters before, during, and after fights. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has noted on several occasions that Japanese fans are his favorite in the world. Anderson Silva, who has fought many times in Japan, also noticed how Japanese fans have an immense amount of respect for mixed martial artists:

I think the nicest thing a fan has ever done was in Japan.  A fan came to me with his pregnant wife and asked me to touch her stomach to pass on my energy to their child.

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Rashad Evans on Fear

Rashad Evans used to fight his fear before competing, but then just decided to embrace it and be one with that energy:

Before a fight I'm always afraid...before I used to have a hard time just dealing with it because I would try to run away from it, but then as I competed more I understood the fact that this is how I'm supposed to feel.

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Royce Gracie on pressure

“There’s no pressure if you believe in what you’re doing, and you grow up in an environment that’s been competitive for the last 80 years.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

Carlos Condit on Patience and Work in MMA

The hard work and dedication and sacrifice to be an elite mixed martial arts fighter is incredible. But according to Carlos Condit it's something that is well worth the reward:

People like to take the easy route..like instant gratification and what we do takes a lot of patience and time, you really have to work for something, but the reward is worth it.

GSP on Fear

One of the most interesting and endearing things about Georges St-Pierre is his constant admittance of his fears. Many fighters are terrified to admit their fears, to others, and often themselves. But GSP takes a different approach in that he admits it to himself and the world. But despite having all these fears he still makes that walk to the Octagon every time and fights with incredibly skill, passion, and excellence.

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Jon Jones quote on Obsession

Jon Jones is incredibly talented but it's an obsession with the sport he plays that has turned him into the greatest 205er the sport has ever seen. He is incredibly passionate about MMA and it shows in every facet of his life.

I take it so seriously as far as meditation, notes, visualization, preparation, everything. I take it a lot more serious than a lot of people that play this sport. I’m obsessed with the game that I play.

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Mike Tyson on humility and fighting

Mike Tyson is one of, if not the greatest boxer of all time. And that wisdom he gained from boxing can also be related to mixed martial arts. Tyson instructed the following words of wisdom to up and coming MMA fighters on The Ultimate Fighter where Georges St-Pierre served as a coach:

Fighting is a sport if you're not humble it's going to bring humbleness to you.

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Frank Mir on realizing his potential

Frank Mir has been a fighter who has constantly evolved throughout his mixed martial arts career. From diet, to training, to teams, to coaches, and mindset to competing, Mir has been an ever-adapting and evolving MMA fighter.

I want to find out what my full potential is. How good could I really possibly be?

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Gray Maynard on improving

My main focus is to improve and be the best fighter I can be and let everything else work itself out.
-Gray Maynard

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Jake Ellenberger on sacrifice

There are a plethora of sacrifices that fighters make that many of us MMA fans can't understand and see behind the scenes. Jake Ellenberger is one of those fighters who have sacrificed a lot for a life-long dream of becoming a UFC champion.

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Pat Barry Quotes

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-I never thought I could ever do 15 minutes...that's mental and it's f___n fake. Your body will do whatever the f__k your mind tells it to.

-You can do anything you want...that whole road you have to go down in order to be great, it's going to suck but that's what makes it worth it. If it was easy we'd all be doing it.

-The only way that you could possibly lose is when you wake up tomorrow morning and you're the same motherf__r that you are right now sitting in this chair.

-There are certain things we place on ourselves, restrictions, that are just, that aren't real..we can do anything we want to as long as we give it everything we've got...we are all great beings...humans are just amazing creatures and people have lost a sense of that.

Ronda Rousey on Fear of Failure

"My one fear is failure and that’s the one fear I have to face all the time. Yes, it’s uncomfortable to be scared but I’m finally comfortable being uncomfortable."
-Ronda Rousey

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Miguel Torres on Greatness

Aside from being a tremendous MMA fighter, Miguel Torres is a very wise, witty, introspective, and prolific writer and orator of quotes. This is Torres' gem on greatness:

Greatness is a journey that begins with the impossible and turns in to the unforgettable. Greatness is never given it is earned.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on learning from losses

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira has not lost two fights in a row in his career, and has learned from every defeat. MMA fighters often state they learn much more from defeat than from victory.

“Every time you lose, it's good because you see something is amiss. The guy who's on top with no effort just settles."


Joe Rogan on greatness and madness

UFC color commentator and stand up comedian, Joe Rogan, contends that madness and greatness are highly interwoven. The greatest in their respective athletic fields such as Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and others, are not only the greatness, but have a certain psychosis that drives them to the top.

I'm obsessed to extreme winners, because I think there's a madness to it. I truly believe that in order to be truly great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness. 
-Joe Rogan

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Nick Diaz will not sell you Wolf Tickets

One thing about Nick Diaz is that he will always speak his mind.

I will always tell the truth...I will never sell you a handful of wolf tickets that you're going to go take home, feed your family, and poison them and poison their future...morally it's not me.

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Royce Gracie on fighting everyone, including the Devil

The original Ultimate Fighting Champion, Royce Gracie, will fight anyone.

"You put the devil on the other side and I will come to fight." -Royce Gracie

Court McGee on progress

Progress not perfection...you can't be perfect everything...but you can gain progress on a daily basis
-Court McGee

Jon Jones on being prepared

Jon Jones has a lot of natural talent, works hard, has a great team, and is a smart fighter. However, it is not only those four attributes which make him such a special talent, it's also because he is insanely prepared for every battle. He spends hours upon hours dissecting video footage of his opponents and analyzing everything about them. That passionate approach to studying his opponent has paid off many-fold in his mixed martial arts career on route to becoming the greatest light-heavyweight in UFC history.

Jones channels the spirit of Sun Tzu, legendary military strategist and author of the Art of War and owner of this quote: Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

"Every time I watch a fight I pick up something different. I just like to study. There's a quote that says, 'If you know yourself and you know your opponent, you shouldn't fear the results of 100 battles.' Just really being prepared gives you a lot of confidence."
-Jon Jones

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Genki Sudo: We are all one

Japanese lightweight Genki Sudo not only wanted to win fights, but also spread a message of unity to all watching.

We are all one
-Genki Sudo

Dana White on money, love, and passion

UFC president Dana White makes a lot of money doing what he does, but for him it was more about getting into MMA for the love and passion he had for the sport.

It was never about the money for me..it was about doing something that I loved, it was more about passion.
-Dana White

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Josh Thomson on success

Life is a choice...it's a choice to be successful
-UFC lightweight and former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thomson

BJ Penn on being the best

To be the best you gotta be one crazy son of a bitch…and that’s the truth
-BJ Penn

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Forrest Griffin on fighting and the present moment

Fighters fight for a variety of reasons, but if you listen to some athletes in mixed martial arts, one of the reasons that they are so attracted to the sport is that it takes one completely into the present moment. The mind cannot wander into any other direction other than the present moment because across from the cage is a trained killer looking to take them out.

Fighting in general I got into because for that 15 minutes nothing matters.  Your bills, your stress, your job at home, your old lady bitching at you, it fades in comparison.
-Forrest Griffin

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Joe Rogan on happiness


"The key to happiness doesn't lay in numbers in a bank account but in the way we make others feel and the way they make us feel"
-Joe Rogan

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Frank Shamrock: There's Always Tomorrow

Frank Shamrock on the martial way:

"There's always tomorrow, that's the martial way"

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Nick Newell: You can do anything

"Never quit because something is too hard. Just believe in yourself and just know that you can do anything"
-Nick Newell

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