Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact sport that is often held in a caged arena. The fighters have the flexibility to employ various fighting strategies to overpower their opponent, and this can include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, judo, wrestling, or boxing, to name a few. One of the most popular promotion companies for MMA is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are the ones bringing the sport to a wider range of audiences all around the globe, including Abu Dhabi, which they are hoping to become the new fighting capital. If you are keen on knowing some of the latest stories in MMA, then read on below.
New fight capital of the world
Fight Island in Abu Dhabi is now being dubbed as the new fight capital of the world. This can be attributed to the fact that UFC is beginning to stage more big title fights in the region. For this reason, it can be deemed that Las Vegas no longer holds the title, but it can still acquire back its position as soon as the effects of the coronavirus ease up. But for now, people can expect the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya as well as the women's strawweight champion Weili Zhang to have their matches held in the Fight Island, and not in the Sin City.
Biggest winners in UFC Fight Island 2
Deiveson Figueiredo came out as a big winner in his recently concluded match with Joseph Benavidez, wherein he was successful in putting the latter to sleep through his rear-naked choke fight moves. Before this, he already knocked down Benavidez three times in the first round. In the end, the Brazilian bomber went home $50000 richer and of course, with a shiny new belt holding the flyweight champion title.
MMA's first transgender athlete
MMA is not only for men or women, but it accommodates people of all gender preferences. In line with this, the first MMA transgender athlete who came out in the open was Fallon Fox way back in 2013, and this caused quite a stir in the MMA world. The reason behind this was that although born as a man, Fox competed with female athletes in the caged arena. Because of this, there were known sports personalities who openly opposed that this should continue, such as Joe Rogan and Ronda Rousey. Fox is now retired, and throughout her career, she never really made it to compete in UFC, and even after coming out, the future is still not that clear for transgenders who are keen on delving into MMA.
MMA fighters positive for COVID-19
No one is immune to the effect brought about by the global pandemic. Even MMA fighters have acquired COVID-19, disrupting the matches that have been previously set. For one, Viviane Araujo needed to step out of a scheduled fight with Jennifer Maia after she tested positive for COVID-19. She was devastated because, according to her, she took all the necessary precautions. Joanne Calderwood stepped into her place instead since her fight against Valentina Shevchenko did not push through because the flyweight champion suffered a leg injury.
Deiveson Figueiredo also tested positive for the virus just a week before he was scheduled to fight Joseph Benavidez. However, he already tested positive months prior, such that his most recent test was considered as a false positive. On the other hand, Ronaldo Souza and Gilbert Burns may not be as lucky as they are out of UFC after being tested positive for the virus.
Even the trainers of the fighters are not free from the risk of contracting the virus, such that the father of MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is also his trainer, died of COVID-19. Because of this, Daniel Cormier, who is Nurmagomedov's friend and teammate, is unsure about his friend's future in MMA since his father meant a lot to him. In line with this, you can expect no fights for Nurmagomedov for this year but hope that he will bounce back in the succeeding year after taking the time that he needs to heal.
Truly, the virus has brought forth mishap, especially in the world of contact sports and while there are still fights that are pushing through, it is no longer the same as it used to before this unfortunate circumstance that plagued the globe.
In conclusion, MMA is a globally renowned sport that has garnered an expanded range of audiences because of UFC. The stories highlighted above are only some of the latest news about this one of a kind sport, and various other stories are already inculcated in the history of MMA. Rest assured that you will be able to get your fill of the latest happenings about MMA through various online channels that are readily accessible in this modern-day age.
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When we envision a person who is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD)—defined by having a history of past misuse, experiencing increasing mental health symptoms, or having a family history of addiction—we often picture someone waking up and instantly grabbing their first drink. However, in my experience working with those battling SUD for nearly a decade, I've learned that everyone's relationship with alcohol looks different and having a few too many drinks at night can be just as dangerous.
The time of day, amount, or type of alcohol one drinks doesn't define if they suffer from SUD or not—it's the compulsion to drink. By focusing on healthy stress relievers and implementing them into your daily routine, you aren't just avoiding another glass at night, you are curbing any inclination for SUD that you may have.
While you may feel the desire to reach for another drink after dinner and putting the kids to bed to relieve some of the stress you incurred that day, there are other things that you can do that are much more beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing.
Risks of Reaching for Another Drink
Reaching for another cocktail or glass of wine can feel like a great way to relieve the stress of the day at the time, but over time it can actually lead to the opposite. Excessive drinking is known to lead to increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders such as increased risk of family problems, altered judgment, and worsened sleep quality. These can all lead to increased stress and create a continuous cycle I have seen in many of my patients, which often prove difficult to break.
Increased alcohol consumption can directly impact an individual's mood and temperament, too. In my patients, I've seen a connection between increased alcohol consumption and irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in activities that previously brought that person joy—activities that people should always put time into, especially right now during the pandemic.
While drinking in moderation doesn't have serious implications for some, others are already at increased risk for SUD. One drink per day is considered moderate for women, while eight drinks or more in a single week is categorized as heavy drinking. It's important to monitor your intake—whether you are at increased risk for SUD or not. It is all too easy for one glass to become another, and then another. And if you keep reaching for just one more drink, you can start to build a tolerance, as it requires more and more alcohol to achieve the desired effect. This can result in dangerous, addictive habits that will alter your life, and the lives of those who care for you.
Three Healthy Ways to Relieve Evening Stress
Stress relief from alcohol is short-lived, but choosing healthier, alternative stress relievers can provide long-lasting benefits for both your mental and physical wellbeing. At Wellbridge, our team not only focuses on treating addiction but also on teaching healthy habits to support ongoing sobriety. And many of these learnings can be implemented to avoid addiction by handling stress better as well!
Below are three healthy stress relief ideas you can implement into your routine:
- Mindfulness exercises can be a powerful and mentally stimulating stress reliever. Throughout our therapeutic program at Wellbridge, we provide different opportunities to cultivate mindfulness. For example, breathing exercises, such as box breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, mindful walking, and progressive muscle relaxation. If you're looking for entry, guided meditation, check out this YouTube channel where experts post mindfulness exercises each week.
- Human connection is invaluable. Whether it is your spouse, your children, a friend, or even a therapist, connecting with someone else can be a great way to relieve stress. The additional perspective that another person provides can also help us feel that the anxieties and stressors we are experiencing are more manageable. If you are feeling increased stress from loneliness or isolation, reach out and schedule a Zoom coffee hour with a friend, or call a loved one to check-in and chat.
- Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever as well, for so many reasons. Not only can it help us get our mind off of stress, it enables our bodies to release endorphins and provides long-lasting physical health benefits. Physical activity doesn't need to be a full-blown workout if you don't feel up to it, or simply don't have extended periods of time to dedicate to a longer exercise regimen. Even a short walk or some stretching can go a long way towards improving your mood. I enjoy following guided, online yoga practices for both mindfulness practice and physical activity.
Despite my years working in this space, I am no stranger to giving in to stress. However, I've learned that by allotting myself a little time each morning and evening for activities that set a positive tone in my life—like meditation, journaling, and exercise—I've been able to better manage my stress and feel more prepared for heightened periods of stress. Do I manage to set aside personal time every morning and evening? Definitely not—life happens! But by doing our best to take regular time out for ourselves, we're all certain to be in a better place emotionally and mentally.
Putting Your Mental Health & Wellbeing First
It's important to also recognize that it isn't just stress that causes us to reach for another drink at night. With the added pressures and responsibilities of women in today's world, having another glass of our favorite drink at the end of the day can often seem like a quicker and easier option than other healthier ways to relieve stress.
However, it's essential to put your mental health and wellbeing front and center in your priority list—something that many women struggle with. But just like the oxygen masks on an airplane, you can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. By focusing on implementing small, healthy habits and making them a seamless part of your daily routine, you ensure that you can show up in all aspects of your life and for all the people in your life.
If you are struggling with increased stress, be specific and honest with your support system about your need to preserve your mental wellbeing. Prioritizing your needs will help you be there for other people you care about in your life.
I always refer back to a quote from a Dar Williams song—a song about therapy no less! "Oh, how I loved everybody else when I finally got to talk so much about myself." Talk about your needs with others and find time to develop healthy coping habits. And if you feel as though you've already created an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, discuss that relationship with a medical advisor to learn if advanced treatment is the right option for you.