MMA fighters step into the cage and risk their lives every time. For that alone, they should be afforded some slack in how they deal emotionally with a loss.
It has to be devastating on an emotional level, along with the loss of the money that would have gone with the win.
So fans give some free rein to fighters without judgment. The only time fans will start rolling their eyes is when fighters do the same dreaded thing after losing a match.
That is when fighters start to make excuses.
Some make sense; some don't.
Either way, fans don't want to hear them.
Here are the top 10 excuses made by MMA fighters.
This complaint is a popular one, though it is mostly used by fighters who win the fights for why they didn't look spectacular.
The fact that a fighter can win and still make excuses is really pushing it.
As for when they lose?
If they had just been given more time, it would have been a different story.
But they decided to take the fight, and they did so without complaining then. Suddenly, after a loss, they could have taken their opponent out if they only could have had more time to prepare.
If fighters really didn't think that they had the right preparation, they shouldn't have taken the fight in the first place.
For some reason, fighters love to say they had an off night when they lose.
They just couldn't find the right rhythm, and that is the reason they lost. Any other night, they would have won, but they just couldn't put it together that time.
Unfortunately, everyone has off nights, and if that just happens to be the night when they need to deliver, then it's too bad.
Fighters compete to see who the best in the world is, and that means that they need to be their best every time in the cage. Off nights happen, but fighters are expected to roll with those problems when they occur.
Somehow, their opponent did something other than what they were expecting.
Maybe it is Lyoto Machida explaining his knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua or a fighter who has recently faced Stephan Bonnar and thought they were going to get a slugfest and got a technical fight instead.
Part of MMA is to trick your opponent into misreading your intentions.
Not being able to predict your opponent's game plan is just a part of how things work, not an excuse for losing.
Dan Hardy has criticized wrestlers in the past for not being willing to stand and trade or finish fights.
Of course, this might have something to do with the fact that Hardy keeps getting beaten by these same wrestlers.
Fighters have made excuses that some of their competitors, especially wrestlers, seem to need to "really fight" instead of just grappling for three rounds.
Even though it can be argued that winning three five-minute rounds leaves something to be desired when the fighter in question just tries to keep their dominant position, it is within the rules.
It is up to their opponent to stop them.
Fighters are humans just like anyone else. They have hardships, and they have tragedies.
Sometimes those things will affect the way they perform in the cage. That happens.
But average people don't get to use that excuse when they make mistakes on the job, and neither should fighters.
It may not be fair when it happens, but it is a part of life that everyone goes through, and fighters are expected to do the same.
Besides, there are fighters who find ways to push past their own issues and succeed anyway.
Sometimes, a weight cut is hard. There are even times it becomes impossible and a fighter has to agree to a catchweight.
That is brutal, but it comes with being a fighter. It is expected, and fighters just have to do it.
It may not be the favorite part of the job, but that is the case with all types of employment. There are unpleasant parts to it.
Fighters know that they are going to have to cut weight before the fight, and if it really impedes their ability to win fights, then they should probably move up in weight.
The Diaz brothers are famous for coming up with conspiracy theories about who is trying to hold them back and why they can't either get certain fights or why they have lost them.
Quinton Jackson has also done the same thing in the past. From fasting to believing that his opponents have put spies in his camp, Jackson just may be the best when it comes to conspiracy excuses.
It seems as if fighting attracts a certain type of person, and that means that sometimes those people will come up with reasons why they lost a fight.
That isn't to say that weird things don't happen in MMA, but some fighters seem to be lost in their own minds when it comes to excuses.
Sometimes fighters will go in the opposite direction when explaining a loss.
Instead of trying to focus on how the loss was a fluke, they will try to explain how they were winning the fight until they got caught.
If they were doing well and their opponent just happened to catch them with a "lucky shot," it almost comes off like it didn't count.
It doesn't diminish the win for the other fighter, but it does make the loser come off looking childish and petulant.
Fighting is fighting because anything can happen, and those who compete are supposed to protect themselves at all times. If they lost because they forgot to do that for one moment, then they still lost.
This might just be the most ridiculous excuse out there.
It's a fight, so of course there are going to be injuries. Many of them will be inflicted on the fighter by their opponent, but sometimes during the stress of the bout, injuries occur.
If it is horrible enough that it really endangers the fighter's well-being, then they should quit and lose the match. Their long-term health is the most important thing at the end of the day.
However, a fighter knows that being injured, even if it is by accident, is just a part of what happens in fights, and to use it as an excuse may be correct, but hardly tasteful.
It seems to be the favorite reason for fighters to pull out for why they either had a rough time winning or why they lost at all.
With how brutal training camps for fights are, there is good chance that no fighter comes into the cage at 100 percent. At some point, they have to face a bump or a bruise that has injured them, yet they still get the win most of the time.
To say you were injured during training camp takes on yet another level of silliness when you realize that it means the fighter could have pulled out of the proposed matchup and didn't.
If a fighter chooses to get into the cage, even knowing that they are injured, they shouldn't complain about it afterwards.