June 25, 2021,
Say is isn’t so. Please.
It is so, but sometimes we wish it weren’t.
Actions have consequences. Yes, it is so.
The problem often stems from when we take a questionable action, in the back of our minds, we sense there will be consequences, hopefully minor. We even map out what those consequences might be.
The action is now finished.
Now for the consequences.
Guess what? The consequences are not what you expected. In fact, not only are they different, they are far worse.
How many times has that happened to you?
We see this happen in the sports world so often.
Sometimes the people involved know what the consequences will be if they fail, yet they fail anyway. Their opponent has a lot to do with that.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the NFL where head coaches come and go with brutal severity. Last year they made the playoffs and this year they just missed it. Sometimes by one game. No matter.
They are shown the door.
The female MMA world sends us brutal reminders as well.
Don’t talk too much. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Wait a minute. Sometimes it is what you say, no matter how you say it.
Word of advice?
Don’t say it at all.
Cris Cyborg is a Brazilian–American mixed martial artist who as of January 2021 competes in Bellator MMA, where she is the Bellator Women's Featherweight Champion, having held the title since January 2020.
She is the only MMA fighter in history, male or female, to become a Grand Slam Champion, holding world championships across four major mixed martial arts promotions.
Cris is widely regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time.
Notice we said “former” UFC champion. What happened there?
They add, “All this other (expletive) that she’s putting out there – again, to avoid fighting Amanda Nunes,” White said. “Message received. I get it. I’m going to release her from her contract. I will not match any offers.”
Oops. Mommy? I made a stinky.
We’re huge Cris Cyborg fans and really hated to see the departure.
Hey? We’d do anything we can to avoid fighting Amanda Nunes too.
How many windows do we need to jump out of?
Just ask Megan Anderson.
We loved the rise of Megan Anderson.
Megan Anderson is an Australian mixed martial artist who competed in the Women's Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Anderson also competed for the all women's MMA league Invicta Fighting Championships, where she is the former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion.
That is quite a resume.
Yet as impressive as it is, our dear Megan was one heartbeat away from not having her contract renewed.
Megan was scheduled to face Amanda Nunes on December 12, 2020 for the UFC Women's Featherweight Championship at UFC 256. However, it was announced on November 9 that Nunes pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed to 2021.
The match was rescheduled for 6 March 2021 at UFC 259.
Go Megan, we cheered.
Then the seemingly inevitable happened.
Megan lost the fight via a triangle arm bar in round one.
What? The first round?
Now while we didn’t expect Megan to win against a ferocious super star like Amanda Nunes, we we’re hoping she would last longer than the first round. A knock down drag out affair could have warranted a rematch. Not to be.
The title fight was the last fight of her prevailing six-fight contract with the UFC organization and they opted not to renew it, making her a free agent.
This is one time where freedom doesn’t feel so good. It actually feels like a consequence. An extremely bad one.
We love Rachael Ostovich too.
After an early 6 victory start, we thought Rachael was on a rocket ship to the MMA stars.
A few losses later her starship cruiser crash landed.
Rachael tested positive for Ostarine and GW1516 on January 3, 2020.
According to webmd.com, “Ostarine attaches to proteins in the body known as androgen receptors. When ostarine binds to these receptors, it tells the muscles in the body to grow. Unlike some other chemicals that bind to androgen receptors, such as steroids, ostarine doesn't seem to cause as many side effects in other parts of the body.”
Actions have consequences.
Rachael was suspended by USADA for eight months. The prohibited substance was found in one of her supplements and was not listed on the supplement label.
After 3 straight losses, our once sought after rising star was released by the UFC on December 7, 2020.
Our leadership had great success in the California high school sports world.
The team worked with a high school female tennis player who underachieved with previous 3-11 and 4-10 varsity won loss records under the leadership of a public school system.
After FCI worked with her, the player achieved a turnaround senior year resulting in a 16-4 year ending overall record, at one point being 13-0 until she faced upper echelon competition, earned her way into the leagues final four championships, was named team MVP and she led her high school to the playoffs for the first time in the school’s history.
Why the transformation?
Because the stakes we very high. If she doesn’t win, she runs the risk of not earning a college scholarship which she eventually did secure.
The consequences for being “pretty good” or heaven forbid, “mediocre” would be dire.
We bring this subject up because of what we feel should come before the action involved.
How much planning and thinking we put into our thought process before we take action should be substantial.
While we don’t want to become paralyzed, knowing the consequences for failure should be a strong motivator.
Where do you land after you don’t have your contract renewed in the UFC or in our last example, don’t receive that scholarship? What does your life become like now?
It is important to think ahead of time before you take actions especially possible self-defeating ones because in our experience?
Not only are the consequences not what you expected, often they are far worse.
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