Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Conor McGregor – The Takeaway

What we can learn about the events leading up to the fight and post-fight

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Trash talking.  Business.  Publicity.  The build up to the fight is always exciting.  

But where do we draw the line when it comes to trash talking? 

When things get too personal, like mentioning family members, race, religion – there has to be an element of respect.  Especially when two fighters who not only represent the sport, but their countries, their families at home and the supporters who also have families.  

What has become of sports events there days where trash talking goes to such a level that one is considered ‘backwards’ because they don’t drink alcohol?  Respect of each others beliefs and what they choose to do and not to do must stay out of the sport.  One cannot simply say it was ‘business’ especially with remarks that spark frustration and disrespect as such.  

Setting an example for others to come is absolutely essential not only for the sport, but as a matter of principle.  Allowing such behavior of disrespect paints a picture of acceptance of this type of attitude which needs to change.  

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the ONLY means – Albert Einstein

In the end, there is only one winner – and isn’t down to how much trash talking that took place pre-fight, although some fighters believe the battle is mainly inside their minds – if they have won there, they have already won the fight before they step into the ring.  

To summarize, never say or do anything that you will regret later on.  When the dust settles and everyone goes back home – that is when the realization kicks in.  

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