Michael Langhi is quickly becoming one of my favorite grapplers to watch, and with this attitude how can you not like the kid. On his loss at the World Pro Trials (first in 3 years mind you):
"I hadn’t lost in practically three years and was pretty bummed. But it comes with the sport, it’s something everyone is subject to. Two go in, and one leaves the loser. Unfortunately, I was the loser this time.
The truth is that my opponent (Leandro Lo) was better than me and had an excellent championship. One needs to have the posture of a champion off the mat. There are those who only have it in victory, but in defeat they don’t know how to deal and assume attitudes that aren’t those of a true champion. The lesson I derived from all this is that sooner or later the house comes down, and it comes down for everybody. Like I said, if you are someone who besides being good at Jiu-Jitsu has a good attitude, you receive praise even in defeat. But if you let things go to your head, when the house comes down it’s an even greater shock. I don’t hide, and I compete everywhere I can. I’d rather lose than not fight. The sting of defeat is something I can live with, but the shame of not fighting and being afraid."
In my humble opinion he is describing the warrior spirit. Many speak of this in the martial arts, but few embody it! Rickson is always talking about being a reincarnated samurai. This is what I strive for as I cannot agree more I would rather lose than not fight! It is the thrill of the fight that I cannot get enough of. Putting it all on the line at that very moment! Reminds me of the quote from Mr. Roosevelt:
|Duran with Randy Couture|