Sage Northcutt is no longer an undefeated MMA fighter, and while critics piled on the prospect following his first defeat, Benson Henderson offered him some words of advice. That’s probably a guy you want to listen to.
Northcutt was submitted by Bryan Barberena at UFC on FOX 18 last month, who is one of Henderson’s training partners at the renowned MMA Lab. Recently Henderson appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and when asked what he told Northcutt after the loss, “Smooth” said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It sucks. We all lose. It happens to everybody. But use it. Use it to help make you a better fighter. Don’t make this a defining moment. Let this be a small step to making you better. Let it help you, to fuel you, to drive you to be able to do things that you don’t want to do.”
It might be an old saying, but plenty of world class fighters say it’s true: you learn more from your losses than your victories.