It’s that same confidence and sense of purpose that results in one of his biggest pet peeves: fellow fighters who go into bouts saying they have nothing to lose.
“These guys are going into a fight like, ‘Oh, it’s a win-win.’ No, it’s not a win-win, unless you never dreamed of being the champion. How the hell is it a win-win? If you lose, you don’t come back with the belt. You lost.”
“Another big thing that bothers me is people say, ‘I win or I learn.’ No, you still lost. You lost in a lot of different areas. You lost your record, your momentum, your respect maybe in the UFC’s eyes, the respect in the fans’ eyes. There’s a lot to lose. You definitely need to learn from your losses, but it’s a loss.”
Admirers of those platitudes may wince as they read that, but it’s evident when the refreshingly straightforward Martin speaks that he believes fully in what he’s saying.