Welcome to my blog, a place were I can free up some space in my head by releasing into the world some thoughts, ideas and general musings on a vast array of topics that have puzzled, interested and irritated me in equal measure, over the years. I’ve come to the realisation that I have to unburden myself in some way and if I carry on using my long suffering girlfriend as a sounding board she’ll soon be my ex long suffering girlfriend. So here I am, in the warm fuzzy embrace of the Internet.
Part 1 of 2 WFS (Wannabe Fighter Syndrome)
Wannabe Fighter Syndrome/Cage Fighter Syndrome: The first of the subjects I’d like to tackle in my blog is in two parts. It’s something I’ve seen steadily on the rise, with increasing worry in my ten years in the great sport of MMA, and needs to be put under the microscope, scrutinised and dealt with before it takes hold and destroys any more innocent lives.
So…. where to begin, well it’s a syndrome that I’ve called, no … diagnosed as… ‘WFS’ ( wannabe fighter syndrome) and ‘CFS’ (cage fighter syndrome).
I’m going to talk you though some of the finer points of these two syndromes, so you can easily spot some of the danger signs in those that have been afflicted by this terrible disease whether it be a friend, family member or god forbid YOU. There is no need to fear though, as there is a beacon of hope at the end of the tunnel in the form of this blog that will cast a light upon these troublesome syndromes to highlight, tackle and defeat these truly sickining afflictions.
So first off WFS (wannabe fighter syndrome), even though there are a lot of similarities between WFS and CFS (cage fighter syndrome) self denial being at the top of the list, It’s quite easy to tell them apart. First off, WF’s (wannabe fighter’s) won’t actually EVER fight, they’ll just talk and talk Ad nauseaum about “cage fighting”. WF’s will even go as far as organising said fight but ultimately, like a lot of guys who are starting their MMA careers will testify to, come fight day they have been left ‘high and dry’ with nothing but excuses ringing in their ears. If your a serious fighter starting out in the world of MMA it’s best to familiarise yourself with some of the excuses, which will be winging their way towards you from the WF’ers you will unfortunately meet… or in this case not meet.
Firstly the more common garden variety excuse of “I’ve injured myself while training and the injury seemed to have flared up on the day of the fight ” to the more flamboyant of excuses where the WFS’s go all out with “I’d like to fight but my manager (he manages himself ) has just informed me that the UFC have been scouting me ( he’s never fought) and are poised to offer me a development contract (which doesn’t exist)
Another classic mistake he’ll make, since he’s not actually a fan of the sport but rather what it represents to dullards like himself, will be calling MMA ‘UFC’ or ‘Cage Fighting’ not the actual name ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ as they’ve either never heard of it by it’s correct terminology or if they have heard of it, chose to ignore it as it doesn’t sound ‘hardcore’ enough for them.
He’ll also adorn himself with various clothing decorated with skulls, flames and crosses. Just in case you’re blind or somehow miss him, he’ll be the one red faced and screaming fuck all very loudly while watching the “Cage fighting”. Breaking down to any unfortunate soul who is present with a set of ears, the list of mistakes the losers and winners have made, that the steely eyes of this trained killing machine has noticed.
Really, as hard as it is, these people should be pitied to a certain extent as their afflicted with an ‘overactive self denial gene’. You can witness people i believe to have this overactive gene. Just flick on the TV and watch the X Factor or any of the other primetime reality TV shows and there you will surely witness some ‘no hoper’ wheeled out for everyone’s general amusement, glassy eyed with conviction and awash in the powerful substance that is…. self denial. The WF’s are those people who instead of singing have decided to boost their self esteem through the world of MMA. So much so, they will base their whole persona on a twisted image/ideal of what they’ve created in there limited landscape of a mind rather than face the cold hard reality that unfortunately greets them every morning when they look in the mirror.
It’s tempting to just leave them to their fantasy world where the legends of MMA speak in hushed tones around the gym about the ‘God’ like Fat Pale Kid with social problems who will one day put down the play station controller, leave his bedroom and take the MMA world in-between his overdeveloped thumbs and crush all naysayers.
However I did mention pity earlier and this very much depends on the extend of the illness. For example if I were talking about afore mentioned fat kid, who rarely leaves his bedroom, takes a Ju Jitsu class every blue moon before tapping out to Asthmatic problems. Whilst it is annoying to hear him spout on about his future UFC Title Reign there is no real harm done (apart from to your ear drums) plus a WF of this nature, when it comes to the crunch knows his physical limitations and is afraid of getting out of breath, never mind getting hurt.
So, unless they get run over by a bus on the way to training, all is well.
I’m talking here about the more advanced cases of WF’s where the said subject trains fairly often and arranges fights before a sudden death in the family etc etc. Now it’s your duty when you train with such people to go heavy and hard, i’m not talking about taking they’re head off or bullying anyone, i’m just saying be sure to make them realise as best you can that this is a hard sport and while your not trying to intentionally hurt them, if they ever run out of pretend family members that pass away and actually man up and fight, the person they’re fighting will. That way self denial will be smashed and they can either improve or go back to the Play Station.
Now before I attempt to dissect this more complicated of the syndromes. I have to make a few things clear. When I mentioned I was starting a blog and this was my first topic I got a few response that went along the lines of ” yeah make sure you mention the likes of Brock Lensar and Alex Reid” which ironically I wasn’t going to mention at all until they mentioned to me, to mention them, but now i feel have to mention them… phew did that make sense, i’m not to sure, anyway they don’t have anything to do with the topic I’m addressing but seeing as they came up they’re good examples of how I think people get confused. First off Brock Lesnar fought a former UFC champion on his second fight and had won the UFC HW Title by his sixth fight. He isn’t suffering with either syndrome. Just because he was in the WWE doesn’t detract from what he has achieved in MMA which is alot in a short amount of time, same goes for Alex Reid if you actually take the time to watch some of his fights you’ll see he’s one tough mofo who has had some great wars in his MMA career. It doesn’t matter who he marries or what dress he might be wearing this week, you can’t take these facts away.
I don’t want to concentre too much on the WFS’s as anyone with an ounce of foresight and intelligence can see them for what they really are and if you can’t, you deserve to be bombarded 24/7 with the insane ramblings that is spewed out indiscriminately at anyone in a 500 metre radius. As annoying and gut churningly irritating they are, you will always come across such people no matter where you are in the globe and dealing and putting up with them i like to think, is part of our evolution as humans. This helps me cope.
Will be KO-ing .. CFS (Cage Fighter Syndrome) in Part 2, unleashed in a couple of days!