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No event in a fighter's career has any more impact than a devastating loss. Fighters who have not lost have never experienced failure of game plan , skills , concentration , discipline or anything else. As a direct result , they grow too confident in their technique and falsely believe it to be infallable. Following the principle "if it ain't broke don't fix it" , they don't have to improve dramatically if at all. Add the ego , fame and celebrity to this and it seems that being undefeated actually multiplies your chances of being defeated. I honestly believe that this is what happened to Machida. He has never had a benchmark to test his skills against , because all of his opponents have been way beneath him. Now that he has lost , he has something to work with. He himself said that since he became champion he experienced a celebrity frenzy that interfered with his training.

On the other hand , you have only one undefeated case in mma in the face of Fedor , where the fighter actually improves and defies all trappings of the phenomenon. Fedor was just as dominant his last fight as he was before. (don't make the argument that he almost lost. Fedor always almost loses before winning).Does it do more for you to lose or win? I believe that the best thing that can happen to a fighter is a devastating loss. Thoughts?
 
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