In honor of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Sochi Russia tonight, I am taking this opportunity to write about the merits and likelihood of Mixed Martial Arts becoming an Olympic Sport. The early-2000’s brought a meteoric rise in popularity to MMA, and since then, I have often heard a calling amongst MMA enthusiasts for it to be made an Olympic sport. Proponents will point to it’s globalness, popularity and history, while also drooling over the chance to see a knockout style tournament reminiscent of the movie “Warrior”. On the other hand detractors will point to the sports violent nature, recovery time needed for fighters, no governing body and a lack of quality amatuer presence.
Dallas will be playing host to Johnny Hendricks championship MMA bout against Robbie Lawler. This would be somewhat of a “home-cage” advantage for Hendricks because the city he grew up is a short drive away from Dallas. Hendricks, the far more credentialed combatant, will be fighting Robbie Lawler, a journeyman MMA fighter, who has had a career of major ups and downs.
UFC 171 will not disappoint
Obviously Dana wasn’t serious about moving fights out of Las Vegas permanently, as he mentioned he might after the Hendricks vs. Pierre fiasco. But having Belfort fight in Las Vegas raised other eyebrows, because in 2006, Belfort failed a drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Belfort tested positive for having steroids in his system when he was randomly tested after his fight with Dan Henderson.
I think every wrestler in their early matches have extreme nerves. Call them what you will, “butterflies in your stomach”, “Being nervous”, or whatever, but I think the key difference between a confident wrestler and a not so confident wrestler is to figure out the difference between nervousness and letting the adrenalin fly. Being nervous, in my opinion goes away with the harder you work. If you’ve put in the hours, than you have much less to worry about. If you look across the mat during warmups, and you can honestly think to yourself, “Well, I know I have at least out worked this punk” than you leave the nervous zone and enter the adrenalin zone.