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In the time it takes you to finish this sentence, you will have traveled roughly 220 miles (354 km) around the sun through space moving at about 66,627 miles an hour (107,225 kmh). A little more if you read out loud, but that would be weird to do. Pondering that will not only make one like the philosophers of old, but it will quickly give way to the undeniable thought that safety just might be an illusion.

Because we are not in what may be perceived as mortal danger at a given moment, does not mean we are not in actual fact in danger. This is in general, but it becomes very specific when particular endeavors are considered. Base jumping, underwater welding (a real thing), high tension wire work, etc. all have a ramped up danger quotient. Then there are the quiet dangers in various vocations such as stress, mental health factors, high-level exertion or repetitive motions that all can become life-threatening.

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Apologies in advance for the title if it gives impressions that this is going to be all that poetic. It's not this presentation that is all that literary, but something else. Haikus and pentameter aside, MMA has moments that are nothing less than poetic on a pretty astral level. Not long ago, irony at the nauseating level (unless you are a psychopath) happened when former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman broke his leg on Uriah Hall's leg in an eerily similar way as the other former champ Anderson Silva did on Chris's in their title rematch. If you know anything at all about MMA and did not know this story, you have to have been living under a rock. Save your energy and do not go look at pictures of either event as it is nightmare material.

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It is a confession of fight fans and fighters alike that there may not be amongst them a very high level of knowledge on sports outside of fighting. It can be downright humorous to hear fighters have to read ads on podcasts or try and comment on other sports – Chael Sonnen is a favorite of this writer when football is at bat (see what just happened there?). Remember that time Conor McGregor fearlessly took that near half-court basketball shot at MSG and made it? No, no one was fooled into thinking he had ever played an actual game before. He is just that guy.

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Mixed Martial Arts is pretty unique in how diverse the journeys of its players are. Whether the trajectory is skyward, horizontal, backward, or downward, the qualitative natures of the respective journeys can be very different. If one were to chart on a graph any single fighter or group of them in terms of anything like quantifiable factors (wins, losses, knockouts, finishes, etc.), there would almost be no two paths alike – or even all that similar. They would vary even more depending on the number of those factors considered, e.g. fighting in different weight classes, for different promotions, number of rounds fought, etc.
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