Heard an ex-UFC fighter uses hypnosis. It's obvious it's a mental thing. I don't fight in amateur fights, but I'm all offensive...I HATE being on the defensive. My philosophy is..."attack is to win...defend is to lose." Of course you want to shore up your defenses, but if you're mind is constantly thinking about defending then what can I say.
Fighting is the ultimate chess game because you're constantly under pressure and have to think and react quickly. I was competitive in sports and one of the classes I remember was "mental toughness." Listening to heavy metal music or watching a Rocky clip before your fight is only temporary. You either have it or you don't.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.