THURSDAY, January 5th, 2017, AT 12:10 PM/ PST

The Fight Game Can Be Very Harsh
By IKF Pro World Champion Damien Trainor

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The dust has finally settled on UFC 207 and just as it was on her last outing, the main focus surrounding the event is Ronda Rousey's defeat. I've been meaning to write a blog on this subject for awhile now, not about Rousey's loss specifically but about how inhospitable the fight game can be.

At some point in your career this is going to be a very harsh environment to be around, not only due to your body taking punishment and the rigorous training regimes you'll have put yourself through, but the realization that you can be revered and admired by people one minute and then quickly criticized, slandered and then forgotten by these very same people.

How you deal with this is what will ultimately make or break you.

Only the other day I shared a post about Ricky Hatton and how he had to deal with depression after his defeats against Mayweather and Pacquiao. In the link he discusses how he contemplated suicide which is something Rousey touched on after her first defeat.

Both of these athletes were constantly put in a positive light by the media and supporters. Such was the hype and reverence that any negative comments (If any) were barely noticeable.

So in my opinion they were not mentally equipped to deal with what follows after a loss, especially at the level they were at and with the power that social media has now. Everybody has a voice and an opinion whether it be an educated one or not but It's only fairly recently that people have the power to express that opinion to millions. If you are the topic at hand then you need to be ready to receive the backlash of negative feedback and criticism that inevitably comes as readily as the support.

My advice is to simply not read it or stew over it. At times I've been guilty of responding online to some of the trolls when in reality it would have been far better to just ignore them and not rise to the bait. Just listen to the opinions of those who you respect and hold dear as they are the ones who are truly looking out for your best interests.

It's also important that you're not surrounded by ‘yes’ men. If you want to improve and grow as an athlete then constructive criticism and some harsh truths are occasionally needed, unfortunately it seems this is something Rousey was lacking from her team and now she's the one that will suffer the impact of a fall from such a high pedestal.

The venomous comments you see online can hurt at times but that's only your ego so let it slide, you'll have a much more peaceful life. Also some of the people you thought were friends will vanish and cling to the next person they consider a star. These people think it heightens their own reputation to be around people at the top of their game very much like those who only ever support the football team at the top of the division. They're not friends and never were so brush it off and move on.

None of the above is important and a loss does not mean the end of a career but merely a chance to sit back and reflect on what went wrong and how to improve.

The fight game is definitely not all peaches and cream but as long you stay focused, ignore the negativity and enjoy what you're doing then you'll have a happy ending when it's done and dusted.


IKF's Addition, for EVERYONE...

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt