Can religion make you a better fighter? (Bloodyelbow)

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  1. wowspare

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    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/2/1...islam-faith-god-mixed-martial-arts-mma-belief

    dat logic

    Pretty interesting read all around.......
     
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    I like how religious fighters thank God in one sentence before they answer Rogan's questions and it sets Sherdog up in a tizzy.
     
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    Religion never makes anything better.
     
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    "I'd like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for assisting me in beating my opponent completely unconscious tonight."
     
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    I always try to view a fighter's religion as a means of psychological self-motivation.
     
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    Spirituality is an advantage.
     
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    I read that article. Yeah, I believe that belief can make someone perform better, whether it's religious or otherwise. I've seen this again and again in my own life with all sorts of things. If you're mountain biking, and you really believe you can bunny hop the log, you're much more likely to do it.
    I sometimes wish I was religious, because it seems comforting. But I honestly cannot believe in any of that stuff. Maybe it's the years and years of physics education...
     
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    Self-delusion has always been a part of the competitive athletes repertoire, and there's many ways to accomplish it.

    However, it seems when fighters find God during their career, they often lose something in the process. I think it's like the Oxycontin response that you see in female horses when they stop wanting to race.

    Also, didn't Manny Pacquiao state that he dreamt that God told him he would lose the decision to Mayweather months before the fight, so he was happy with the decision.

    Honestly, extreme ambition, and the desire to be number one are the most important attributes. Spirituality can enhance, or impeded that.
     
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    Religion makes nothing in life better.
     
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    Doesn't have to be Religion to be effective. If it helps them then it helps them. Personally I don't believe, (it's mythology that's still believed as fact) but those are my views.
     
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    religion def makes fighers better. thnk about how many winning fighers have thanked their higher power. now think about losing fighers.....i'm still waiting for a losing fighter to say "i was in the best shape of my life, had a great camp, had a great gameplan but i still lost....i blame god" that'll be one of my favorite fighters
     
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    Sure, a strong delusional belief system can be a very powerful tool in avoiding a sense of reasonable doubt and maintaining an absurd amount of confidence.

    Ignorance of a task's difficulty can also be very beneficial in helping people be motivated towards highly unrealistic goals.
     
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    Of course it can. Religious people tend to believe themselves morally superior and will obstain from promiscuity drugs and other vices. A focus on hard work and family is very common. In short a religious fighter can often have less distractions.
     
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    Counterpoint: the more religious he became, the more he lost, until his career swirled the drain when he had that rasputin-looking weirdo following him everywhere.
     
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    I can't speak in general terms, but I can testify that in my case religion has definitely helped me to become more compassionate, respectful and helpful to my fellow man. Christianity definitely made me better.
     
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