Breaking Down the Best MMA Fighters

Nick ColonSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

Everyone's got to start somewhere. Even the best didn't start out at the top.

The world's best fighters began like many of us. They were born, raised in many different ways, and grew up to do something they wanted to do. While some of us aren't lucky enough to hold that third idealization, the road is similar for many of us.

Jobs are commonplace in society. If you have one, you get paid to do it. If you don't, you hope to find one. Those who do have a job have a certain performance level they must maintain, and when it is no longer maintained they usually end up back in the large pool of those without jobs once again.

Hold on. It gets better.

Performance is based on drive. Everyone has a drive, no matter how big or small; nonetheless, a drive is present. I currently work in customer service, but my drive is about as small as it gets. Sports journalism, now that's where my drive is.

Still listening?

The world's best fighters once thought they were among the world's worst. If they didn't, they're likely lying. Drive is what brought them to where they are today—the best. Drive derives from a certain feeling inside that motivates a person.

My drive to write this article? My future.

Taylor Swift's drive once formulated tunes from her bed's end. Tom Cruise joined the seminary prior to being a movie star. Kurt Warner was cut from the NFL and had to work in a grocery store before he won his lone Super Bowl championship with the St. Louis Rams.

There is a point to be made.

Every person aspires to do something that separates them from the rest. I believe the word is unique. Yes, every human being would like to be unique. The best fighters sometimes are the most unique.

Brock Lesnar is unique, mainly because of his enormous size and for what Lesnar can do with it. George St. Pierre is unique because of his rare blend of size and speed on top of the athleticism he boasts. Fedor Emelianenko is unique by his use of technique and impeccable defense.

Yes, the quality of unique helps, to quote a Rocky movie, "to make an athlete, a super-athlete."

Yet fighters, like the aforementioned greats, would all agree that there is more to a fighter than being unique. Conditioning, endurance, mental aptitude, humility, work ethic, grace. They are all qualities of the best fighters.

Jobs judge people by mere performance. If a person can make the cut, great. If they can't, hit the road. Such is life, and in a performance driven world, what else would you expect?

I'm 20 years old, and today was my first day in psychology class. How am I doing professor?