MMA cutman David Maldonado
MMA cutman David Maldonado greasing a fighter
We are taught by our parents to do the right thing, be honest, be nice to your siblings, obey your parents. The Bible echoes that with the Golden Rule and many other essential, positive messages. We’ve all heard the definition of integrity being what you do when nobody is watching you.

For me, I’ve always taken the approach of giving my best, staying focused, and making sure every fighter and promotion gets the same treatment, whether in a national guard armory or on AXS television in front of millions.

I hear people tell myself and others “great job” or “you’re the best” which is kind but I make assumptions that they are merely kind words. Especially when I hear them mentioned towards someone who is far from that level of accomplishment.

However it is flattering to get sincere positive feedback. It never gets old and it is never overlooked or assumed. Recently I confirmed the opportunity to instruct MMA inspectors taking part in a training session, which in itself is an honor to be able to add my knowledge. An official high-up responded to me saying, “I can’t think of anyone I would rather have doing it,” which is humbling and greatly appreciated.

The sport and the industry is not always kind, nor fair or just. But those moments when I can take in such a refreshing moment gives me a moment of added motivation to stay the course and work to make my mark on the next show or fighter.

Read past “Between Rounds” blogs from veteran MMA cutman David Maldonado.

In his column “Between Rounds” MMA cutman David Maldonado shares with readers his experiences and thoughts from inside the world of MMA. Readers are encouraged to respond, interact and ask questions about the life and work of the MMA cutman. “Between Rounds” is part of‘s ongoing series of exclusive content written by individuals involved in the mixed martial arts industry.

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