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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: 'I will fight anyone, anywhere, any time Print E-mail
Written by Nick Palmer   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 17:28

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week Minnesota standout amateur fighter Nick "The Inspiration" Palmer will write a new journal entry. He's been given a free pass to write about any topic, and he'll provide Minnesota MMA fans with an inside look into the world of fighting. Enjoy "Words of Inspiration.")

We've all heard a fighter say it ... "I will fight anyone, anywhere, any time."

A “real” fighter will fight anyone, anywhere, at any time, but that mentality is like a double-edged sword.

Having enough confidence in yourself to say you will fight anyone, anywhere, at any time is great, but that confidence can dissipate very quickly.

“If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

This statement is very true, but the only problem is the fact that you may or may not be ready to fight the No. 1 or No. 2 guy, yet. I’ve seen several

fighters I thought were going to take the sport by storm, only to fall off the face of the earth and never hear from them again or they continue taking fights where the odds are stacked against them. They then become steppingstones for other fighters.


This is where having a knowledgeable manager should come in to play and is so vital to your career.

You need someone to protect you from yourself.

You need someone who will shoot it to you straight and not someone looking to make a buck off you by blowing smoke up your ass. You need someone to help you get the fights you’re ready for, someone who knows you and your opponents very well.

Sometimes you need to hear from someone close to you that you’re not ready for certain fights yet.

I think we all want to be the best. If not, I’m not sure why you’re fighting. But becoming the best just doesn’t happen overnight. Take your time and fight one fight at a time and work your way up.

There is no easy way to the top. Hard work, dedication and discipline are going to take you to the next level. Taking fights you’re ready for, fights that you’re competitive in is what will make you better.

It’s not as important that you absolutely win every fight as it is showing that you’re competitive enough with guys at that level. Taking fights you’re not ready for can diminish your career very quickly.

We all know the risks involved in this sport as it is, so why take an even greater risk of being injured from fighting someone you just weren’t ready for?

Find a manager who solely has your best interest in mind so they can help you make those tough decisions. Turning down a fight doesn’t necessarily mean you’re scared or you’re a chump, it could quite possibly mean that you’re just being smart and you’re making the best decision for yourself and your career.

There is absolutely no shame in that.

This is your career, and yours alone. Nobody can fight forever and if you want to fight as long as your body and mind allows, you need to make wise decisions. Treat this sport and your career like a business. You can’t successfully run a profitable business by making bad decisions just like you can’t successfully fight if you’re always making bad decisions.

Making wise decisions on your own isn’t always an easy task, so find someone knowledgeable in the sport, someone you trust with your life and hire them to help you advance your career and keep you on the right path.


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