If you can't get through a staredown or a weigh-in without causing a scene, you really need to have your coach reign you in ahead of time. There's nothing cool about it, nor does it influence the outcome of a fight...and even if it does, is that really how you want to win? Cheap theatrics and histrionics?
I was able to smile and enjoy both the weigh-in and the staredown because I didn't need to peacock to make myself feel better or act all aggro to cope with my nerves. Hell, I even wished my opponent good luck and you know what? He reciprocated. I respected him immensely for that. Neither of us threw a shoe.
So if you can't stand across from your opponent, look them in the eyes and control your emotions, you're missing a big part of the equation of what it means to be a professional athlete and most certainly the "artist" part of martial arts training.
Be better than that.
Unless you're a Diaz. If you are, keep it up--none of what I wrote applies to you.
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