MMA fighter strengthens his vision after disqualification
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Collin Baikie and his coach, Jake Miller, shortly after Collin's fight against Mike Fox.
Collin Baikie has reached a point in his fighting career where he has realized that his life inside the ring and his life outside the ring are interconnected.
The Labradorian mixed martial arts fighter from North West River believes there is a spiritual side of martial arts that he never knew until now. He said he had his moment of clarity after an unexpected loss in his latest amateur fight.
The fight against Mike Fox was held in Montreal on August 25. But Before Baikie even entered the ring, he felt something was wrong.
"Before I walked out, I was warming up; I was really tense... I was hitting the pads as hard as I could, and deep down inside I felt that something wrong was going to happen...sure enough, I went in there and messed up," said Baikie.
Things were going well for Baikie at the start of the fight. But at 2:16 of the first round, Baikie suddenly - and inexplicably - unleashed several kicks to Fox's head, which is illegal in amateur MMA; a rule Baikie knew beforehand.
"Of course it was illegal, 100 per cent, because we're amateur, we're not supposed to do that," he admits.
The referee quickly separated the two fighters and the fighter from the Big Land was handed a disqualification.
Baikie is looking back at the disqualification as a crucial moment for his fighting career and for his life entirely. His unexpected actions in the ring helped awaken a newfound clarity in his mind. He now understands that, before he can fix his problems in the ring, he has to fix the problems in his life.
"It just taught me...wait a minute, I'm doing something wrong here. I asked myself: do you want to change your life or not? And I said I want to change my life."
Baikie admits now that his personal life hasn't been perfect in the recent past, despite projecting a positive, optimistic attitude to everyone.
"It might have seemed all positive from the outside, but there were a lot of negative things going on in my life; like worrying about my business, worrying about my family, worrying about my relationship," says Baikie. "I just felt like everything was taken away from me."
But after losing in the ring because of dishonest tactics, he realized he needed to find absolute honesty in his whole life, in order to put all the negative emotions behind him.
"So after this fight, something really changed in my body...it was like true honesty; being true to everybody...being honest to yourself means much more than anything else.
"After I got everything clear in my mind, this vision, I can see very clear right now what I want. I'm in the right channel."
Baikie said his new state of heighted spirituality has nothing to do with religion; it's more about reaching a higher level of consciousness and self-awareness.
"The mind is more important than anything," he proclaims. "Whatever the mind believes, the mind will achieve."
Baikie has gradually come to learn the importance of having the right mentality when it comes to fighting. He says he is much more mature now about MMA, compared to when he first started.
"I thought fighting was about being crazy, trying to hurt somebody," says Baikie.
"I used to drink and fight people. I don't do that anymore."
Now that his mind and his vision are clear, Baikie feels he is on the right path towards his ultimate goal in life.
"It just feels like I know the direction I want to go and I believe it's possible to get there. I just got to keep fighting and keep doing the work and I'll get to my dream of being a UFC champion."