If Ian McCall didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all. After leaving the UFC after six, yes six, straight fights were canceled for various reasons, McCall entered Rizin’s bantamweight Grand Prix.
Then he lost in the opening round to Manel Kape due to a cut. But not just any cut, McCall was caused by the ring ropes.
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Seriously? Losing on a cut from a ring rope attack. This could only happen to Ian McCall.
To further expand on McCall’s recent string of the worst luck in MMA history, let’s turn to the pages of Popular Science on ‘The Science of Luck’.
“Finding money on the street may seem like a lucky break, but it might be more accurate to thank yourself. Researchers across various disciplines have attempted to decode whether there’s an actual measurable aspect to what we understand as luck. Many of these studies have found that what a person might perceive as “luck” has more to do with psychology than probability; “luck” is actually just her own positive attitude that keeps her open to new opportunities or perceiving patterns in random acts of chance. Here are some of the latest findings.”
Specifically on “Lucky People”
“Luck doesn’t just “happen,” even for people who consider themselves lucky. Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in England, has done a number of studies to figure out what distinguishes a lucky person from an unlucky one. In one study, he asked people who identified as luck and as unlucky to read a newspaper. On one half page of a newspaper, he wrote in large letters: “Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.” The people who said they were lucky were more likely to see the ad, Wiseman wrote, and the “unlucky” people seemed to demonstrate more anxiety, which detracted from their powers of observation. Now, Wiseman has “four principles” of luck on his web site, and they all have to do with being open to new experiences and observing opportunities as they present themselves.”
No matter how many monkey paws Ian McCall has stolen, mirrors he’s broken or ladders he’s walked under, no MMA fighter deserves these breaks. Losing by a ring rope cut? Show some heart Fight Gods.
H/T to @KeithGalvin for the screenshot