Friday, May 31, 2013

Georges St-Pierre quote on practicing until perfect

GSP channels the spirit of Bruce Lee in the quote above. Bruce Lee's quote was the following:

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 

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Sun Tzu Quote on Opportunies

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
- Sun Tzu

Practice Greatness, Become Great

Conor McGregor Quote on Excellence

“Excellence is not a skill, excellence is an attitude.”
- Conor McGregor

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GSP quote on looking good and feeling good

If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you do good.
- Georges St-Pierre

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Cain Velasquez on Working Hard and Winning


BJ Penn on being honest and speaking his mind

Excerpted from BJ Penn's book, "Why I Fight".

Forrest Griffin quote on Toughness

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Bruce Lee on Simplicity

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”
- Bruce Lee

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Randy Couture on the Journey and Performance

Renzo Gracie on Passion

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ben Henderson on constant improvement

Ben Henderson's stellar work ethic extends into the realm of never stopping improving and adding onto his skill set:

I love the martial arts aspect of living and constantly improving and bettering yourself and not getting complacent.

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Rickson Gracie on the Present Moment

My inspiration's coming from nature, I love nature and all the expressions, I love art, I love expressions of beauty. It's part of my life, being engaged in the moment.
- Rickson Gracie

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Urijah Faber on Confidence

Part of what's made me a champion is just the mentality of believing in myself.
- Urijah Faber

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Jake Shields on continually learning

Jake Shields never allows himself to halt the learning process:

I'm always trying to change my training, I don't just get stuck in a rut. You see a lot of guys they kind of hit a plateau and quit learning, I'm always bringing myself around top fighters and trying to figure out what they're doing and learn more.

Yves Edwards on his favorite place to fight

Yves Edwards is happy fighting anywhere in the world:

It doesn't matter if it's in Vegas, if it's in Florida, if it's on Jupiter, as long as my feet hits that canvas, it feels so good.

Rory MacDonald on growth from his loss to Carlos Condit

Losses are oftentimes the greatest eye-openers and learning experiences for mixed martial artists, including Rory MacDonald, who was defeated for the first time in his career against former UFC interim champion Carlos Condit:

It helped me grow as a fighter, big time, it was the most important fight in my career, so far, as far as growth, it opened my eyes to a lot of things, changed my outlook, and made me very hungry.

Excellence is a habit

All the greats, such as Anderson Silva, practice greatness and excellence on a daily basis. It's through repetition and diligence in drilling the extraordinary, that is becomes ordinary to them, and thus greatness flows through them in competition effortlessly.

Open yourself to greatness

Freddie Roach on Killer Instinct

Freddie Roach, who has worked with Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, as well as great boxers such as Manny Pacquiao, has the following to say on killer instinct:

One thing about fighters, we have to have a killer instinct. If we hurt somebody we know to go for the kill. For the wolf it's live or die, and for us in the ring it's live or die.

This quote is excerpted from the documentary "The DNA of GSP", which is expected to come out in October 2013, and is directed by Kristian Manchester and Peter Svatek

Jens Pulver on Wins and Losses

"The losses in the cage, yeah they hurt, but they're nothing like the wins that I've received"
- Jens Pulver

Renzo Gracie on Greatness

Renzo Gracie on greatness:

"It's not a one time heroic moment but is living each day with bravery"

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Greg Jackson on the most important thing to do as a coach

Greg Jackson contends caring for your fighters is the most pivotal thing for a coach:

The most important thing to do as a coach is care about your fighters because that's where everything comes from. If you care about them, then you're going to want the best for them, that's going to make you innovate, that's going to make you pull in people to help you, that's going to make sure you take care of them from top to bottom. If you're not in this to take care of your fighters, then you're in this for yourself, and then you should go and fight yourself. If you choose to be a coach that means to be in service to others.

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Lyoto Machida on Improvement

Lyoto Machida looks to improve in every aspect of his life every time he steps into the cage and fight:
Every time I fight, every time I step into the Octagon, I try and learn from the errors that I've made and become a better fighter and a better person.

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Nate Diaz on putting his middle fingers up

I think we all respect fighters who show a lot of class and dignity and respect in the cage. But at the same time there are fighters who don't view the sport of mixed martial arts as much as a sport, but take into consideration the actual acts taking place in the cage for what they are. Nick and Nate Diaz, two of the greatest brother duos in the sport of mixed martial arts, are fighters who take this mentality. For them they don't feel there is much class in what they are doing in the first place, because it's a fight. So they don't feel the need to pretend that they are friendly with their opponent, who will be looking to knock them out, cut them up via elbows, choke them unconscious, or hyperextend their limbs. Many fighters who compete see this all being as part of the context of sport, but for some fighters like the Diaz brothers, they don't view it in that sense and don't mask their intentions and feelings towards their opponents. As long as they are scheduled to fight their opponent, they do not like them. They know their opponent will be trying to hurt them and damage them badly in the cage, so they are not interesting in exchanging pleasantries with them and putting on a false front of politeness towards them. It's sometimes off-putting to see for some people because we're accustomed to seeing quite a bit of respect between opponents, however this type of honesty that Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz bring to the game is also something that is refreshingly different and that honesty is something we can respect and appreciate:

Why should I watch my mouth? You're trying to knock me out and hit me with elbows and bloody my face in front of my friends and family and the whole world. So I don't care about putting my middle finger up to that.

Rickson Gracie on Positivity

"Be positive and the challenge will be easier."
- Rickson Gracie

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Joe Rogan on the Martial Arts Way

Joe Rogan feels the most successful mixed martial arts fighters (i.e. Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva) are the ones that embody the spirit of traditional martial arts values:

The best way to pursue any discipline is the martial art way, and that's why it's been around for thousands and thousands of years. That whole idea of honor and discipline and respect, that's not there because just as a frivolous afterthought, that's there because thousands of years of training have taught people that is really the best way to excel and be and great.

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Inspirational Quote from Jon Jones on positivity

My only message is positivity and to love your brother.
- Jon "Bones" Jones

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Urijah Faber on Appreciation

Urijah Faber learned an important lesson from his sisters car accident:

Cherish the people that are closest to you. For me, really be appreciative of the smaller things. I sometimes get caught up in the big goals that I've set, that aren't really the ultimate goal which is to be happy for what you have.

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Alexander Gustafsson on bringing the UFC belt to Sweden

Dan Hardy on placing no limts on himself

Dan Hardy doesn't let any self-imposed limitations hinder his progress:

I don't limit myself anymore, I don't say to myself..."I can't do that". I think, "I'm going to give it a go", I'm going to see if I can do it. And if I can't I'm going to find a way bring myself to that capability.

Frank Mir on taking risks and pursuing dreams

Frank Mir on having the courage to pursue his passions:

I'm somebody that takes life by the balls...I'll go out there and take that risk and go ahead and pursue my dream to take a challenge that there might be a really good possibility that I don't succeed in; and I'll fail in front of thousands of people, but at least I went out there and took the journey.

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Randy Couture on MMA vs Team Sports

Randy Couture makes a great point about how mixed martial arts breeds a stronger level of responsibility compared to traditional team sports:

The sport breeds a particular integrity where you have to take responsibility for yourself...In a team sport it's easy to say, "Well the team didn't play well today". That doesn't really fly. You have to take responsibility and accountability for yourself and step up and evaluate whether you're giving it everything you can give it.

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Rashad Evans on Perseverance


Rashad Evans hasn't let losses to Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira dim his fighting spirit:

I may have stumbled a little bit, fell down. I get back up, dust myself off.

Bruce Lee on Immortality

"The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering."
- Bruce Lee

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Muhammad Ali Quote on Mountains and Pebbles

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
- Muhammad Ali

Frank Mir quote on getting back up

Frank Mir on getting back up after being knocked down, whether it be in a fight, or in life; the two area often very relatable.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dean Lister on Bravery

GSP quote on bringing soldiers with him to a fight

Georges St-Pierre on hanging out with fellow fighters and trainers on the day of battle:

I try to stay away a little bit from normal people before a fight, because what I do is not normal, so to feel normal I need to hang out with people who do the same job as me. When you go to war you bring your soldiers with you; you don't bring your dad, your mom, your friends, your family, you bring the soldiers.

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Demian Maia on Trying your Best

Urijah Faber on Longevity and Staying on the Path

This sport's about longevity, it's about staying on the road and on the path...Opportunities will come...You just got to take your time and work hard. It'll all work itself out.
- Urijah Faber

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Ky Hollenbeck motivational quotes

I have these written down on a paper I keep in my gym bag. Daily affirmations and motivations to keep me motivated for this fight. Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want:
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital
The harder you train, the easier the game
Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard to achieve it
Look famous. Be legendary. Appear Complex. Act easy. Radiate presence. Travel light. Seem a dream. Prove real.
The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.
Prove the doubters wrong by proving yourself right.
And of course last but not least… YOU CAN”T STOP CRAZY

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Rickson Gracie on the journey

“A 10,000 mile walk, begins with a single step and continues one step at a time.”
- Rickson Gracie

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Conor McGregor: I'm Fighting Myself

"I'm fighting myself...There is no opponent"
- Conor McGregor

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Josh Thomson on fighters calling him out

Josh Thomson on fighters calling him out after his win over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7:
Do you think the lion turned around every time a little dog barked? 

Anderson Silva on the advantages of experience

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Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) on Confidence and Will


Ronda Rousey on overcoming body issues

Ronda Rousey gives her honest opinion on how she feels about corporations making a lot of money by creating insecurities in women, and then capitalizing on them.

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Rashad Evans on learning from everyone

Rashad Evans is humble enough to be open to learn from anybody in the world:

I am a student of whoever I can learn from. I don't see myself in position like I'm above anybody else and I can never learn, or no one can ever teach me anything. You learn a lot from guys who are just starting off sometimes. 

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GSP quote: The most important thing in life is health

When you have wealth, you have the love, the popularity, the everything...
You realize the most important thing in life is health. Not the money...
- Georges St-Pierre

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