Fedor is the only fighter I know whose confidence, concentration and behavior are absolutely unmatched. For instance, if we need to truly understand fighter's emotional state, we'll have to see how he reacts before and after the fight. Fedor (and Mousasi) is so confident and absolutely sure of the outcome of his matches that he always acts like this is the ONE and ONLY way the fight could've gone. You can beat him, kick him, but all he cares about is "W". When someone starts to celebrate a victory (99.99% of all fighters), he automatically shows that the outcome in his mind prior to the fight was somewhat blurry and he wasn't 100% ready mentally to win and partially he was ready to lose. This is flaw, because that small amount of doubts can increase drastically during the fight when your opponent gets even a few moments of success. When it happens, it becomes much harder to maintain your emotional state and concentration, mentally and subconsciously you're already prepared to lose and your body starts acting accordingly. If you're 100% confident, you won't celebrate your victory because for you personally it was only a matter of time, nothing more. You don't have so much adrenalin. And the important part is that your opponents feels it on a subconscious level and gets frustrated, starts making mistakes and the fact that his few moments of success and his dangerous punches do not affect his opponent mentally makes him more vulnerable. We have seen a lot of times when one fighter starts to win rounds by points, but then loses via submission or knockout. It happened a lot during Fedor’s bouts in PRIDE and in the fight with Arlovski. By the way, Arlovski had that similar confidence once, but after the fights with Sylvia he lost it, we all could see that. Now, Machida and Rua mentally are not as nearly as strong as Fedor, but it seems to me that Lyoto's camp will work on that aspect seriously. It only happened because for the first time he was really close to losing. And when you lose once, it gets much easier to lose again. Shogun had that experience before, now Lyoto's turn.
But it only works when you have solid fighting skills, faith and absolute dedication, otherwise mental game won't save you.
1. Badr Hari
2. Remy Bonjasky
3. Mauricio Rua
4. Anderson Silva
5. Alistair Overeem
Last edited by The_Senator; 11-28-2009 at 05:25 PM.