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Friday, April 27, 2018

Keepin' it real with UFC fighter Kevin Lee (JRE podcast)



A great ~20 minutes starting at ~1:01 with UFC 155 contender Kevin Lee. Lee talks about self-confidence, growing up in an all-black part of Detroit, not knowing any white people his age until attending college, getting started in wrestling and MMA. If you don't believe early environment affects life outcomes you are crazy...

They also discuss Ability vs Practice: 10,000 hour rule is BS, in wrestling and MMA as with anything else. Lee was a world class fighter by his early twenties, having had no martial arts training until starting wrestling at age 16. He has surpassed other athletes who have had intensive training in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiujitsu since childhood. It will be interesting to see him face Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has been trained, almost since birth, in wrestling, judo, and combat sambo. (His father is a famous coach and former competitor in Dagestan.)

Here are some highlights from Lee's recent domination of Edson Barboza.

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