In the unpredictable world in which we live, a man is often defined in regards to how he deals with change or reacts to adversity. At some point in our lives, we stand face-to-face with a situation that will truly reveal our character within.

The sport of MMA is no different. Every fighter has a new opportunity. An opportunity to continue the climb up the oh-so-steep ladder and become more publicly known. After many steps, one has reached a status of greatness, a status that is reputable. But like any journey in life, sometimes we have to take a step back in order to grow.

Thoresen (MMA Junkie)

For Norway’s Simeon Thoresen, his first UFC loss couldn’t have come at a better time. For Thoresen, it was a learning experience. An experience that he feels will prepare him for the future and his own run towards greatness.

“Sometimes in life you’re going to fall,” Thoresen said in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “It’s inevitable, and that’s just life.

“I made a silly mistake in my loss to Seth [Baczynski] and that’s something I’ve come to grips with and have learned to deal with. You can’t go back and change the past, you need to keep your focus on the future. I was doing well in that fight before sustaining an eye poke. I’ll admit it put me off my game, but I can’t use that as an excuse. The loss has helped me grow, and now my attention is fully focused on defeating David Mitchell.”

Thoresen (R) (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Thoresen will meet Mitchell in the lone preliminary fight shown on Facebook when the UFC showcases the sixth edition of its series of events on the Fox network this Saturday evening. For Thoresen, it’s not a matter of proving that he belongs in the UFC, as he’s passed that road once before. Now, it’s a matter of letting his hard work pay off. It’s time for the hours upon hours in the gym to be revealed in what will be Thoresen’s biggest fight to date.

“I’ve trained very, very hard for this fight. When you train hard for a fight, you never have the intention of losing. That’s my mindset when I enter any fight. I don’t believe there’s a fighter that holds any advantage over me,” admitted Thoresen.

“When I enter a fight, I can honestly say that I never have a game plan. I don’t believe in establishing a certain game plan, because anything can happen in any given fight. You have to be ready for anything that comes your way. Even still, I’m going into this fight with intentions of knocking him out or tapping him out,” said Thoresen. “If I could guarantee that, I would be playing the lottery.

“My goal isn’t to send anyone out of their job or dream. That’s not what I’m here to do. We all have a purpose and mine is to win. That’s it.”

Top Photo: Simeon Thoresen (R) throws a right hand (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

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