In my role I get to see a lot of people. Happy ones, grumpy ones. Grateful ones, you understand. Last weekend I got to be a part of an amazing show put on by XFC. Great show, fantastic staff, and just mutual appreciation for the skills that everyone brings to the table.
It was nice to see a worthy winner in Scott Holtzman who was appreciative and kind towards all before and after beating his opponent soundly in the main event. Does everyone have to be that way? No. It is an approach I try to follow and I find it has suited me well.
It tends to surprise people when fighters are educated, philanthropic, or selfless towards society. I on the other hand find that their respective disciplines more often than not mesh with being respectful towards others and they earn what they get.
I’m grateful for the place I’ve found myself in MMA and I hope that it was at least partially due to how I treat others and respect others. We all represent something, whether we are aware of it or not. Someone is always watching our moves. They call it integrity and I’m proud to be a part of a growing sport that in many cases exemplifies that word.
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