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Marines show UFC fighters what real warriors are

posted at 5:46 pm on October 30, 2010 by

People always tell me, how cool it is what we do, but there’s nothing cooler than being a US Marine.

A lot of people look at UFC fighters — and athletes in general — as warriors. Think of the NFL alone. How many ads do you see that show football players, or hockey players, or UFC fighters, as warriors preparing to go to battle? Of course, while these men are obviously incredibly impressive athletes, they aren’t warriors.

On January 8th of this year, UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga, Marcus Davis, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, former Marine Brian Stann, and UFC founder Dana White spent the day learning what being a real warrior is all about. They visited Marines at MCB Quantico, and it was clearly a humbling experience for them.

See, the difference between athletes and Marines is that Marines have to be warriors. They don’t go to battle and then go to a locker room when it’s over. It’s kill or be killed for them. They have to be the best they can be, because if their lives are on the line when they go to battle. It isn’t just a game.

This is somewhat personal for me. With my husband in Afghanistan, I can sleep well at night knowing that he, and the Marines he’s deployed with, have received the best possible training, and the best possible equipment, they can get. It’s life or death out there. My husband has been in an IED blast. He was lucky to only get a concussion. They’re in firefights constantly. They’ve lost two Marines and one corpsman. These Marines have to be warriors, they have to be at the top of their game, if they’re going to survive.

These UFC fighters got a taste of what all of this means, and how serious the training Marines go through is. Honestly, I thought that they would breeze through the MCMAP, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. They didn’t. I thought that, as professional athletes, the Marine Corps obstacle course would be a piece of cake for them. It wasn’t. The Marines showed up these professional athletes, these men who do mixed martial arts for a living, in every way possible. These fighters were humbled by these men, these boys.

They showed them what real warriors are.

This is what supporting Project Valour-IT is all about. These men answered our nation’s call, gave all they had to give, and never looked back. At the time of their greatest need, we cannot abandon them. When these warriors have given so much to defend us and our freedoms, can’t we give a little to help them?

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See, the difference between athletes and Marines is that Marines have to be warriors. They don’t go to battle and then go to a locker room when it’s over. It’s kill or be killed for them. They have to be the best they can be, because if their lives are on the line when they go to battle. It isn’t just a game.
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Wow,thats an eye opener,and so cool by the Marines to host that,and so true!!

canopfor on October 30, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Awesome stuff.

Rightwingguy on October 30, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Thank you. We’re hitting the contribution jar over at the Soldiers’ Angels site.

keebs on October 30, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I think it’s great that those UFC guys took the time to get to know a little about what the Marines go through. Also great to watch the Marines kick a little ass.

God Bless all our service men and women and their families!

FloridaBill on October 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

A million years ago I graduated from BUD/S, and went to work for the Navy. Several years later, I left and pursued an advanced degree. I now have a desk job, and deep into my 40s I run, bike, and lift weights to maintain some level of fitness.

My son’s friends all assume that heroes look like Rambo. They don’t understand that agility, training and agression are far more valuable than muscle.

This video is a testament to that fact. My family is full of Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines. Many of us have had to use our training. The level of preparedness of our military is a key component of our ability to project force in the world. Oorah, indeed.

Bigurn on October 31, 2010 at 4:03 PM

The other thing about UFC v. Marines is that most people that I meet in the military are, for the most part, some of the most humblest people I know.

They serve our country with confidence, dignity and humility.

I mised the Lesnar and Velasquez fight. Does anyone have a link to that fight?

Conservative Samizdat on October 31, 2010 at 5:56 PM