A lot of MMA fighters could stand to learn that lesson.
In hearing of the news I first thought of his famous first fight, where he left “Big D” Byrd’s eye looking like an Arby’s sandwich. But my mind lingered more on a clip of Slice having a conversation with actor and martial artist Michael Jai White on the set of their 2009 movie Blood and Bone. It still stands out to me because it was a moment where you saw him humbled and willing to learn more about the one thing everyone knew he could do well–punch the shit out of somebody. He watched in awe as Jai White demonstrated how technique was key to executing the right punch. It wasn’t about just power or even speed.
“I’m going straight, I’m not telegraphing…if you can’t move your hand out of the way fast enough, you’ll never move your face fast enough.”