When I train, I love to take time off and fly to the Natural History Museum or an exhibition. I just love that. When you know your past, it will help you with your future... That's why most of my friends are not fighters. Most of my friends are nerds like me. That's why I have a hard time finding a girlfriend. I need someone to talk science with. I'm married to my work right now. But you never know. One day I could wake up and just do something different. Life is so unpredictable.
train quoteslove quotestime quotesfly quotesnatural quoteshistory quotesmuseum quotesexhibition quotespast quotesfuture quotesfriends quotesfighters quotesnerds quoteshard quotesfinding quotesgirlfriend quotestalk quotesscience quotesmarried quoteswork quotesday quoteswake quoteslife quotesunpredictable quotes
You don't get better on the days when you feel like going. You get better on the days when you don't want to go, but you go anyway. If you can overcome the negative energy coming from your tired body or unmotivated mind, you will grow and become better. It won't be the best workout you have, you won't accomplish as much as what you usually do when you actually feel good, but that doesn't matter. Growth is a long term game, and the crappy days are more important.
People think athleticism is just physical, but it's not. It's connected to the brain and how the brain can learn to execute and see a movement or not. Especially at high speed. Being athletic is not just jumping and running and being powerful. It's the nervous system that guides the body. The muscles don't decide anything. The brain decides and makes things happen.
people quotesathleticism quotesphysical quotesconnected quotesbrain quoteslearn quotesexecute quotesmovement quoteshigh quotesspeed quotesathletic quotesjumping quotesrunning quotespowerful quotesnervous quotessystem quotesguides quotesbody quotesmuscles quotesdecide quotesdecides quotesmakes quotesthings quoteshappen quotes
Dinosaurs were huge and powerful; they could not adapt and they died out. And so the big difference between dinosaurs and cockroaches is adaptability: one is able to adjust, while the other, apparently, couldn't... The same analogy applies to fighting, and probably any other sport. It's not always the strong that survive. It takes brains, guts, tolerance and forward thinking. We've seen this since the beginning of mixed martial arts.
dinosaurs quoteshuge quotespowerful quotesadapt quotesdied quotesbig quotesdifference quotesdinosaurs quotescockroaches quotesadaptability quotesadjust quotesapparently quotesanalogy quotesapplies quotesfighting quotessport quotesstrong quotessurvive quotestakes quotesbrains quotesguts quotestolerance quotesforward quotesthinking quotesbeginning quotesmixed quotesmartial quotesarts quotes
Think about climbing a mountain. If you decide you're going up Everest, you don't start with a sprint. You'll never make it out of base camp if you do that. The secret is two fold: make sure your approach is consistent and steady so that you can maintain the progress you're making as your journey continues.
People often say, 'Ah, ultimate fighting is so violent,' but it's rooted in martial arts. Martial arts incarnate respect. You can't walk into a dojo and say to your sensei, 'Hey, salut tabarnac!' After every one of my fights I go and shake the hand of my opponent. I don't need to hate the other fighter to fight him well. It's a sport.
people quotesah quotesultimate quotesfighting quotesviolent quotesrooted quotesmartial quotesarts quotesmartial quotesarts quotesincarnate quotesrespect quoteswalk quotesdojo quotessensei quoteshey quotessalut quotestabarnac quotesfights quotesshake quoteshand quotesopponent quoteshate quotesfighter quotesfight quotessport quotes
Humanity's true purpose is not to become stronger physically, it's to become more intelligent-from armies, who increasingly fight with specialized units rather than regiments and tanks, to garage owners, who use a lot more than jacks to fix your engine. As intelligence prevails throughout humanity, maybe there'll be fewer wars and better cars.
humanitys quotestrue quotespurpose quotesstronger quotesphysically quotesintelligentfrom quotesarmies quotesincreasingly quotesfight quotesspecialized quotesunits quotesregiments quotestanks quotesgarage quotesowners quoteslot quotesjacks quotesfix quotesengine quotesintelligence quotesprevails quoteshumanity quotestherell quotesfewer quoteswars quotescars quotes
I'm a shy guy... I don't enjoy being bothered but I never say no to a fan. I say yes to everybody... even though sometimes you have some days where you don't feel like it, but it's your duty as athlete to do it. Because the fans that pay it's going to make you live, so you have to do it. So I force myself to do it all the time.
Your body can dictate your mind, so when I walk to a fight a lot of times I'm scared, I'm scared to death, I have a lot of doubts of myself, I'm afraid to fail, I'm afraid to be humiliated in front of everybody; but what happens, I act like it's impossible for me to fail and that my victory is a certainty. So as I'm walking to the Octagon and I act with confidence my body takes over my mind and I become confident for real. As I'm walking I see the change in my mind and when I reach the Octagon I'm a different person, I'm very confident.
body quotesdictate quotesmind quoteswalk quotesfight quoteslot quotestimes quotesscared quotesscared quotesdeath quotesdoubts quotesafraid quotesfail quoteshumiliated quotesfront quotesact quotesimpossible quotesfail quotesvictory quotescertainty quoteswalking quotesoctagon quotesconfidence quotestakes quotesmind quotesconfident quotesreal quoteschange quotesreach quotesperson quotesconfident quotes
The real test is this one: When you're alone in a room, when you're in a private place and nobody else can see you, what do you choose to do? Eat well, or eat poorly? Exercise, or watch television? Practice something, or do nothing? The best version of the truth appears to you and you alone, when nobody else can see. This is the test of discipline, and it's what makes the difference in your life. It's what regulates your own system and guides it. The individual alone comprehends it.
real quotestest quotesroom quotesprivate quotesplace quoteschoose quoteseat quoteseat quotespoorly quotesexercise quoteswatch quotestelevision quotespractice quotesversion quotestruth quotesappears quotesdiscipline quotesmakes quotesdifference quoteslife quotesregulates quotessystem quotesguides quotesindividual quotescomprehends quotes
As Aristotle wrote a long, long time ago, and I'm paraphrasing here, the goal is to avoid mediocrity by being prepared to try something and either failing miserably or triumphing grandly. Mediocrity is not about failing, and it's the opposite of doing. Mediocrity, in other words, is about not trying. The reason is achingly simple, and I know you've heard it a thousand times before: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
aristotle quoteswrote quoteslong quoteslong quotestime quotesago quotesparaphrasing quotesgoal quotesavoid quotesmediocrity quotesprepared quotesfailing quotesmiserably quotestriumphing quotesgrandly quotesmediocrity quotesfailing quotesopposite quotesmediocrity quoteswords quotesreason quotesachingly quotessimple quotesheard quotesthousand quotestimes quoteskill quotesmakes quotesstronger quotes