What is the ultimate fighter?
I’m going to start by explaining why it’s a good idea to start with a definition.
I don’t know about you, but I like to start my conversations with an acronym.
So, let’s start with what it means.
It’s a game about people and the human condition, or, as they say in the book, how things are.
You start as a boxer who has just been chosen to fight at the world’s biggest boxing event, the Ultimate Fighter.
You have to face a fighter named Joe Louis who is also your opponent.
This is a great, high-stakes fight and it starts with a takedown.
You don’t need to know anything about boxing or kickboxing or kick-boxing, but the fight is very important to your life and to the world.
Your job is to make sure you win the fight.
You’ve got to score the first takedown, the first knockout.
You’re supposed to finish Joe Louis.
And then you go back to your apartment and get your girlfriend.
You know what?
That’s not a good enough reason to start a fight.
I think the first time you’re fighting, you’re gonna get hurt.
So, the fighter named Victor, who is Joe Louis, has a reputation as a tough fighter, but he doesn’t have the strength of any of these other fighters.
He’s also a big guy, but that’s not what he needs to be.
And Joe Louis is also a very good fighter, so he’s a big, strong guy.
He can fight.
So you start thinking, how do I get past this guy?
Well, first of all, you have to learn a lot about Joe Louis and how to fight him.
You learn a little bit about boxing.
You read a lot of boxing books, you watch some boxing videos.
You see a lot fights on television.
You watch a lot MMA videos.
And so you’re getting a lot better at it.
So now you’re learning about Joe’s style.
You go from this guy who’s a great fighter, to Joe Louis as the next one.
And the next guy, this guy, you know, you get a lot worse.
You get better at Joe’s boxing, but not as good as Joe’s.
And you’re also getting a bit more respect from Joe Louis for doing his job, because he’s got a big mouth.
You get a little more respect for doing your job, and Joe is very good at saying, “I’ll finish you.”
You’re a tough guy, and you’re a big fighter, and so you go into the fight and you get punched in the face, but you’re not hurt.
It’s a close fight.
The referee says, “You’re in the fight!”
And you start to cry.
You say, “Oh, my God, what happened?” and you go, “Whoa, what did I do wrong?
I wasn’t thinking clearly.
I was going to finish you.
I’m the best fighter.”
And you realize, “No, I’m just doing my job.”
The fight doesn’t end that way.
The guy who has the best punches, and who is the hardest, who punches the hardest gets the decision.
It goes to round four, and I win by decision.
And this guy Joe Louis isn’t a good fighter.
He doesn’t punch well, he doesn’ get to the top.
He takes a lot.
He goes after you.
He gets you to the mat, and he takes you down.
And in the third round, Joe Louis comes back with punches and kicks.
He just gets better and better.
And he’s beating me up.
The third round is just, you can see, this is Joe, you look at him.
And I’m fighting, and that’s what I’m thinking, this isn’t right.
And then, the fourth round, this happens: “I’m fighting Joe Louis!”
You look at Joe and you see that he’s going after me, he’s getting better and he’s winning.
And that’s how it goes.
The fight isn’t over.
There are still two guys left.
But you realize you’re winning.
You realize you can still get a knockout.
So in the fifth round, you realize that you’re just getting beaten up.
Joe Louis has a lot more power than you, and it’s coming to your head.
You look and you think, I don’t want to get hurt anymore.
So Joe’s going to knock you out.
And it’s all over.
I know that this doesn’t sound good, but in the first round, when you go in, you don’t see the other guy coming.
He was knocked out.
He has nothing to do with me.
You don’t get the opportunity to see him.
When you look back, the fight’s over.
You lose. That’s