What Is Winning?

Jon Jones  had a successful return at UFC 197. Think its as good a time as any to finish and post this draft I wrote shortly after Conor McGregor’s last fight.


“We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning.”

Does this ever happen?

Winning. In a conventional sporting competition it is quite easy to tell who won. Depending on the sport it can be quite viscerally clear.

Yet that was the beauty of the fight and…willingness to dare to be great. Long seen by many as a character, created by the media and the… fans who will follow him anywhere, there is no disputing what he put on the line… when he didn’t have to.

That was for the article McGregor Dared to be Great and there is Nothing Wrong with That. McGregor really did not have to take on the fight. It did happen though and Nate Diaz stepped to the fight and took it. “They asked me to fight and I said yes — from the beginning.” What happened in the ring is clear. Diaz won that.

Conor McGregor and Holly Holm both lost their fights by submission. In whatever happened in the octagon they lost, what I am wondering is how people change from winers to losers in others minds.

Holm recently defeated Ronda Rousey. Another UFC fighter that was  a media Darling. She was criticized in a similar manner to Conor as to being too much of a UFC creation than an actual solid fighter. The UFC has put a lot into the two as it is in the fight promotion business. They win by putting on a show. To win they need people to show people.

Rousey and McGregor as being successful showmen got paid rather handsomely of their loosing efforts. Now did they win at that? Money may not be everything but it is something, and whatever that thing is, they both got a lot of it. Was that for what happened after the ring or for what they did before? Who they were, who they are?

How about the people they lose to. Don’t we also discount their effort and journeys to get to the ring. Is Holly Holm really a ‘Buster Douglass’ bump in the road of Ronda Rousey’s Tysonesque dominance?(she recently lost to Meisha Tate whom Rouse had previously beaten several times so that has not helped her cause in the eyes of most fans)

People who think achieving success is a linear A-to-Z process, a straight shot to the top, simply aren’t in touch with reality. There are very few bona fide overnight success stories. It just doesn’t work that way. Success appears to happen overnight because we all see stories in newspapers and on TV about previously unknown people who have suddenly become famous. But consider a sequoia tree that has been growing for several hundred years. Just because a television crew one day decides to do a story about that tree doesn’t mean it didn’t exist before.”

There is a lot of criticism on Conor as was after the Rousey fight. Some make solid points and some may be arguing from more of a personal, emotionally invested, aspect.* This happens win or lose. This happens in every field.

“Criticism is easier to take when you realize that the only people who aren’t criticized are those who don’t take risks.”



  • *apparently even watching your favorite sports team win gives you a chemical boost of sorts.
  • Why are people asked to be gracious losers? We win and celebrate in different ways, for different reasons. I have never understood the expectation for a certain decorum when losing. Ronda Rousey cried about her loss months later. Cam Newton pouted the evening of. Are both equally inappropriate ways to lose? Should they both accept losing in a better way…
  • Cam also being Cam when he surprises some 7th graders by joinign them to throw around a football. By surprises I mean makes some of them loose their lil minds.
  • Those quotes peppered through the post were from Donald Trump

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