Was it worth it? My buddy Chuck Liddell had his fight this weekend against Tito Ortiz. It's been 8 years since Chuck fought last. They called the guys out to the ring. They each had their entrance songs blasting in the packed arena. They bounced around getting themselves psyched up. The ref started the bout and they both came out. They looked like they were trying to feel out how each was. Tito had been knocked out 2 other times by Chuck and there was some obvious hesitation. You could see the timing for both guys was not what it was used to be. And after some small little flails, there was one scramble where Chuck did what he usually does which is to get in close and swing as he is backing out. But Tito caught him. Connected one time to the face and then a second square in the nose and Chuck went down. Lights out. The fight was over. All the hype, and it was done. It's easy to say, while sitting outside the ring, in your own comfy chair, that it was a waste of time, or that Chuck didn't have a chance, or that he waited too long to fight again, or that he wasn't ready, or that he got caught. Was it worth it? I can't speak for Chuck but if it was me, I would say yes. Chuck got back into shape. He physically looked great. Better than I have seen in years. You could tell how good the training made him feel. You could see how happy it made it him. Sure he lost, but for the past 8 months he had been training and feeling good again. Feeling the joy for what he loves to do! I know he wanted to win. Everyone that competes wants to win. But in ALL competitions, there is only one winner. Winning is obviously amazing, but winning doesn't make it worth it. Going for it makes it worth it. And what makes it worth it is that its worth it to Chuck. He wanted to go out and do it. He wanted to get back in there. He wanted to train and push himself. Win or lose, for him, it was worth it. They say you have to enjoy the journey because you can't always control the result or the outcome. This is that case. I hope he is happy with the journey he took, the prep that he did, and knows that it was worth it. I'm proud of you brother!:)
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