When A Fighter Lost His First Battle, All Hope Was Lost. Then He Found A Good Reason To Fight
It takes a courage to enter an MMA fight knowing that you’re going to lose. But for this Armenian cage-fighter and 34 -year-old bodyguard from L.A., his motivation is his 10- year-old son, Michael, who aspires to be in MMA someday.
Among other lessons, Archil Bidzhoian is trying to teach his son the strength of the fighter’s mentality, how it will help him take on life’s challenges. “Life is not easy,” explains Archil, “MMA will teach him to overcome obstacles.” And sometimes it’s not about the win. What matters is how long you last, especially against 27-year-old Craig Plankett, a personal trainer from Los Angeles and Archil’s hardcore MMA opponent.
Archil knows what he will face when he steps into that ring. The first time he faced Craig, he was taken down in the first round. Now he’s back to face him again, but this time, he’s been training hard. It will take strength and conditioning and “I’m probably going to lose,” admits Archil, however, that won’t keep him from the fight, because he has “a good reason” to persevere. This time, his son Michael will be watching and he will look to his father as both inspiration and role model. And sometimes, the hardest thing to teach is the art of fighting a losing battle…