What defines a true fighter? Though the answer is rather ambiguous, I prefer to characterize that a “true fighter” is an overall mindset. A mindset in which one will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation, regardless of the odds, regardless if it’s 3 vs 1.
Regardless of the weight difference.
If you were approached by 3 people, vying to steal your wallet. Would you give it up or fight? Some would hand it over, some would punch the biggest guy first.
Granted, the psyche of a true fighter may not produce the smartest decisions, but it does differentiate a fighter versus an athlete. A fighter lives up for the moment of battle, with an ability to instantly turn on one’s killer instinct. A fighter is fearless. Fearlessly willing to trade punches in the pocket, because their chin’s been tested since grade school. A fighter finishes fights, or at least, goes down swinging.
Great Athletes, from my point of view:
Georges St. Pierre
There’s a reason why Wanderlei Silva never has a boring fight. Because he always puts his heart and every single molecule in his body on the line, every single outing. Though many fighters do everything they can to win, Vandy does everything he can to crush his opponent’s soul. See the difference? Maiquel Falcao went for the win versus Gerald Harris. Fun to watch? No. A true fighter? Absolutely not.
Plus, an additional example of the fighting spirit include Anderson Silva’s willingness to fight Roy Jones Jr. Though it’s a fight that will unlikely occur, it definitely intrigued the interest of numerous MMA fans. Another prime example includes BJ’s and Nate Diaz’s desire to fight in different weight classes, regardless of the opponent or situation.
BJ once fought Lyoto Machida, Genki Sudo once fought Butterbean, Royce Gracie once fought Akebono Tarō.
As GSP has made it clear, that if he were to jump to 185, it would be a permanent new division, as he feels that a fluctuating weight increase would alter his timing and quickness. Though his reasons are logical and admirable, his plan to take a step-by-step approach to the switch is safe, smart, and will allow a longevity in the middleweight class.
Aaaah….spoken like a true athlete.