Don’t believe the hype of fighters claiming they would ‘fight to the death’ if the unified MMA ruleset allowed it. There’s only three guys that would truly sign their name at the bottom of a death-match contract and step in the cage without hesitation: Josh Barnett, Nick Diaz and Conor Heun. I know this because Josh Barnett sells this t-shirt in his online store, Nick Diaz told me at 4:10 am the morning after UFC 141, and Conor Heun wrote an existentially deep post on The Underground late last night. Here’s an excerpt directly from Heun’s brain in regards to his opponent on ‘Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey,’ Ryan Couture.
I have created a reality for myself in which winning in the cage on March 3rd is a life or death situation. Good fucking luck trying to stop me from doing so. I struggle to come to peace with the destruction that I will bring upon you but I tell myself that you agreed to the rules, you agreed to fight me and that no one forced you to try and ruin my life and crush my dreams. You choose to do it out of arrogance and disrespect for the warrior that I am. If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 6 years you know that I am capable of overcoming ANY physical obstacle in the pursuit of my dreams and my dream is to strap the Strikeforce belt around my waist. This is really just a means to an end for me. The belt is just a symbol that I have reached a place where my talent has been recognized and that by walking this path I have earned the right to own my own home and to provide for my loved ones.
I have created a reality where doing this depends on my obliteration of anyone who stands before me in that Strikeforce cage and Ryan Couture, you choose to stand in the way of my happiness and because of that choice, I will break you. I have no other choice.
I do not ask forgiveness for the violence that I will bring to you because you stand in the way of a life of peace and happiness for me and my loved ones. I want you to know that I admire your spirit and respect you as a warrior. I don’t know what your life is like and I don’t know what this fight means to you, but On March 3rd I will be fighting for all that I love and believe in. Saturday night you will step into the cage across from the most highly motivated, focused and determined warrior you have ever faced and with the world as my witness, I will do everything in my power to destroy you.
If you feel like reading more of Conor Heun’s indirect statement to his opponent for March 3rd, then redirect your cursor here. However, if you feel like dubbing Conor Heun’s words over the intro to Conan the Barbarian, then that would be cool too.