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What are your opinions on excuse making in MMA?

Most MMA fans seem to only care about what happens in the octagon, cage or ring and nothing else. Many fans seem not to take into consideration the reason for a fighters loss such as bad weight cuts, injuries, training errors, illnesses, etc. I personally feel they do not need to discuss their issues in the media if they feel like it was another reason that he or she loss other than the opponent performance being superior that night. Fighters should keep their explanations to themselves and train harder to make sure that they have a better performance next time. I watched an interview from Mayhem Miller a couple weeks ago and he discussed that he had mistakes in his training camp heading into his fight with Michael Bisping that he didn't want to disclose because he didn't want to seem like an excuse making MMA fighter, I thought that was a decent way of handling the situation (interview below).

There have been several cases of fighters making excuses post loss such as the Tito Ortiz "cracked skull" claim in his rematch loss against Forrest Griffin or Kalib Starnes's alleged broken foot that lead him to virtually back peddling the entire fight against Nate Quarry. Some fighters blame taking a fight on short notice for their defeat, no excuses should not be made in the media after that, it is the fighter's fault for choosing to take the fight on short notice making that risky decision trying to grab an extra win that could just as easily be an extra loss. Some fighters have told issues even in victory such as Junior Dos Santos's injured knee after already impressively knocking out Cain Velasquez to take the UFC Heavyweight Championship and Anderson Silva's injured rib after retaining the UFC Middleweight Championship by submitting Chael Sonnen, like stated earlier, fighters should keep their explanations to themselves and train harder to make sure that they have a better performance next time. But in most cases if the fighter had won with the issue they would not have said anything but when they say an excuse after defeat it is starting to seem to me that the fighter is trying to discrediting their opponents win. I just have been thinking about that and wanted to see other people's thoughts about this topic, and have you ever accepted an excuse as a legit reason for a MMA fighter's loss?

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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