Have you ever come close to something, only to have it taken away? As I'm writing this, I'm watching the premiere episode of UFC Primetime, which is covering the upcoming heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. So perhaps it's apropos that this show is playing in the background right now.
Steven Eilola, a fighter in Top Flight MMA, recently leaped back into title contention with the Stellar Fights promotion following his recent victory in Delaware. Eilola achieved his victory in one of the most brutal ways possible, by separating his opponent's shoulder on a takedown and forcing a forfeit, according to the article.
Redemption is one of the life's most underrated emotions. The ability to bring ourselves back after we experience hardship. If we fall down, we can pick ourselves again. We can right a wrong. We can make up for a loss. Redemption is a supreme motivator used by athletes across the sports landscape, from mixed martial arts to football to tennis to boxing.
If you're a fighter who experiences a loss, you're going to be angry. You're going to be upset. But you know what the great thing about it is? Redemption.