Asking a fighter why they fight is like asking a painter why they paint or a dancer why they dance. It’s like asking you why you breathe. Fighting is like living a thousand lives, reincarnation within this one life. The person that emerges after a fight is not the same as the one that entered the ring – win or lose. Your soul is cleansed in a way, a version of yourself left there on the canvas as you move through the ropes and down the stairs to begin anew.

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