In combat sports, there is always a fine line between winning and losing.
The simplest of mistakes can result in a loss, not to mention bodily harm. Every athlete is human, and thus capable of making a mistake. That goes for their coaches as well.
ESPN asked several of the best trainers in mixed martial arts to reflect on a mistake they’ve made. Most struggled to identify just one as the biggest of their career, but were able to come up with a specific example.
Fighting is undeniably an individual sport, but there is a team element to it nevertheless — which you should get a sense of reading these.
Jason Parillo, RVCA VA Sport
Coaches have egos just like fighters. I’ve let ego get the better of myself and supported fights, even when I knew we were in over our head. I could have gone against the grain, but …