Know your opponent…especially if he wrestled bears in fourth grade

In Rocky III, Mickey admonished Rocky for taking his upcoming fight against Clubber Lang lightly. When a fan kissed Rocky on the cheek, Mikey chimed in. “Is that the way you train for Clubber? He ain’t gonna kiss ya! He gonna kill ya. You know that?!”

UFC megastar Conor McGregor has fought some of the best fighters in the world. He talks a lot of smack and is usually able to back it up. However, last Saturday night, he ran into the undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and submitted to the champ via the rear neck crank (that sounds like it hurts) in the fourth round.

There’s no proof McGregor took his opponent for granted, but Nurmagomedov is in that Clubber Lang category. He’s a wrecking machine and has been one for a long time. Check out this video of the nine-year-old future champ wrestling a bear. Seriously, this kid is wrestling a bear.

The lesson here is clear, kids. Learn everything you can about your opponent, and if he fights bear for training, consider fighting someone else.

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