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It sucks that we never got to see Khabib vs. Tony, but I don't think that fight would've been competitive. And I've been saying it long before Justin Gaethje beat Tony. I don't think anyone in the lightweight division can defeat Khabib, for different reasons but the main reason being that a lot of people, and even a lot of fighters have a grave misunderstanding of what Khabib's fighting skills actually entail. Sambo is not wrestling or judo or BJJ. The problems presented by an extremely high-level Samboist are ones that most MMA fighters aren't used to dealing solving. It's why Dustin Poirier said striking against Khabib was very difficult.

It's not just the grappling threat, it's how Khabib moves, strikes and how the purpose behind his striking differs compared to the purpose of a kickboxer, boxer, karateka, wrestler's etc. striking. Combine that with his genius grappling and you're playing checkers against someone who plays chess. I think Khabib retires undefeated. And if he loses, it'll be due to him fighting past his prime like Anderson Silva.

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In it. With 8th Wonder.

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Tyron Woodley has now lost 10 rounds in a row, all with no significant offense on his part. The guy's a great athlete but he's a strategic disaster as a fighter. His success at welterweight was entirely reliant on stylistically favorable match-ups against low output fighters, most of whom were counter-strikers. He's similar to Anthony Pettis with the stylistically favorable match-ups, athleticism and gaping technical holes.

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When people talk about the "multiverse", it's often from a place of ignorance or misunderstanding, at best. For one, most people don't know that the word "multiverse" applies to multiple different models, some of which don't mean what most people think the word "multiverse" means. Is it the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics? Cyclic models like conformal cyclic cosmology? Eternal inflation? The string theory landscape? Fun to think about but extremely speculative.

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Hannibal was brilliant, and although he won tactical battles against Rome, he lost the logistical and political side of the war, which cost everything.

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Dominick Cruz's commentary was horrible during that fight.

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I don't think anything that will ever happen in any sport in my lifetime will shock me as much as watching Germany crush Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals in Brazil.

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#9  Edited By Amin_Karrit

@nouveau-riche said:

I don't know how a character like Dany could start off so good, then her entire character goes into a downward spiral. Who in the world wrote this shit.

At least she got what she deserved at the end.

I'd say Dany was actually written well in that regard. Daenerys has suffered, a lot. But she has also triumphed over insurmountable odds, at times due to luck, but more often than not, due to self-sufficiency and the fact that she was subject to an extremely unique event - the birth of dragons, for which she was directly, after their supposed extinction generations ago. Not only that, but she was also uniquely immune to fire, she was both the Mother of Dragons and the Unburnt. Experiences in self-sufficiency, uniqueness and survivorship bias often lead to a sense of perfectionism in those who have gone through them. From a psychological standpoint, Dany's experiences of success (taking over Meereen, Dothraki and Unsullied), wide visibility (becoming the Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains) and uniqueness (again becoming the Mother of Dragons but also becoming the Unburnt) led to the formation of very prominent perfectionist traits.

Perfections tend to be extremely rigid and impose ridiculous, even unrealistic standards upon themselves. And this is what happened to Daenerys. Think of Daenerys' belief about the Iron Throne being hers by right of blood. The Targaryens are the rightful rulers of the Seven Kingdom, they are the noble house responsible for unifying the Seven Kingdoms in the first place. Now see how Daenerys relates herself - the last living Targaryen - to that belief. House Targaryen is the rightful ruling dynasty of the Seven Kingdoms, she is the last Targaryen, therefore the right to rule is fundamentally hers. This is the ideal self Daenerys pursues, therefore those who do not align with this ideal self cannot coexist with her. As is common for perfectionists, she adheres to a black and white mentality regarding performance and skill, and generalizes the "you're either with me or against me" outline towards everyone.

Perfectionists do not admit they are wrong. They develop harsh inner voices that not only say "this is how things ought to be" but "this is how things must be". Dany's inner voice echoes her right to rule. She ought to sit on the Iron Throne, she must become the queen. No other outcome is tolerable. This is the bane of perfectionism. In Daenerys' case, she initially seemed "good" because for most of the story, the people who did not align with her ideal self were all conveniently morally questionable at best, and morally irredeemable at worst. This is why Daenerys was never truly about the greater good, it just so happened that the people who did not align with her ideal self were classically bad people.

The moment the series introduced classically good or innocent people who did not align with her ideal self, it revealed that Daenerys' mentality makes no distinction between those who are good and those who are bad, only those who stand with her or stand against her.

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Knowing our board, they're going to take those silly loan deals.