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The Urge to Resist a Fight

I can’t blame the recent tough guy acts strictly on the popularity of the UFC, other MMA promotions, and even the constant flow of boxing. I can’t blame d-bags wanting to throw fisticuffs as a result of watching more and more action packed pugilistic or martial arts movies. What I can blame them for, is their need to act out in the streets or common areas. I can blame them personally and their lack of controlling themselves for the needless acts of aggression as a result of watching MMA or boxing, and miraculously summoning up their inner warrior and wanting to unleash it in a parking lot or restaurant/bar area. More and more I’m coming across guys that sport a Tapout shirt or UFC shirt, and because they watched a UFC event or took a boxing or MMA class, they are automatically deemed a billy bad ass and can’t wait to show what they learned on TV or from an hour long session in the gym. As someone who has trained many hours in BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing, it is a hard line to walk away from the situation and wanting to teach the person a lesson. Let’s go through a little journey…

I’m working at a new bar/grill for extra cash while I go to school. There is a cook there that is a decent dude, but here and there gets testy just for the sake of being a young dude trying to prove something. Few days ago I’m getting nothing but smart-ass answers and responses, and I want to just avoid the situation. Yet he brings up the fact that he’s boxed for years and has gloves in his car and we could go at it if we wanted to. Nothing would make me happier to let him throw those gloves on, and I would don mine, and spar just to spar, and if I felt like it take him down and make him slap himself with his own hands before I made him tap from whatever I wanted. But I realized that I’m almost 30, and I’m too old for that non-sense. I laugh everything off and walk away trying to play everything off as a joke. Yet like a pebble in a shoe, he keeps bringing it up and tries to entice me to join him in a fight.

At this point, I’m near irate and want nothing more than to actually take him outside and twist him into a pretzel. I want to protect my male ego and show this guy that I’m stronger, faster, better technically than he will ever think he is. I want to go out there and stick him with mediocre punches as a taste of what’s to come. But all I think about is…why? I’m not a boy. I’m a man. If you want to train with me, join me at a gym and we can dance all day and all night where it’s controlled and we don’t have to hurt each other. More and more I’m cooling my temper and losing that stupid instinct to want to just leap into battle. Do I want assault or battery charges on me at this stage in my life? No. Do I want to get shot or stabbed or jumped because this guy can’t handle an ass whooping? No. Will I let him think he’s tougher because he has a bigger mouth and ego? Yes. I’m too old and too wise to do that shit now. Am I a professional fighter? Oh hells nah, but I’m strong and smart enough to know that there is a time and a place for a fight. Unless I’m fighting for protection of my family , friends or myself, it’s not worth it. I’ve learned that it’s very easy and stupid to start a fight, but it’s unbelievably smart and strong to walk away from unnecessary fights.

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