I do know what it’s prefer to wrestle in opposition to suicide, so after I’m speaking to an completed UFC athlete like Megan Anderson who has publically admitted the identical, I’m confronted with three primary selections for my interview.
I can interview about her upcoming struggle in opposition to Amanda Nunes like I’m imagined to do, I can thank her for being so open about psychological well being points, or I can simply get pleasure from a foolish chat together with her about how all people pronounces her identify improper.
I ended up doing two of these three issues.
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Upcoming Combat vs. Nunes
Anderson is about to face UFC girls’s featherweight champion Nunes within the co-main occasion of UFC 259 on March 6 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old Australian jogged my memory she was truly imagined to have already fought for the title again in 2017 when Cris Cyborg was the champion.
“I used to be imagined to struggle Cyborg however I wasn’t capable of have the struggle…the struggle fell by way of. I wasn’t capable of struggle for a very long time after that, so I’ve been making ready for this for some time,” Anderson mentioned.
In fact, Nunes defeated Cyborg at UFC 232 to seize UFC gold at 145 kilos, and Cyborg left for Bellator MMA quickly after that.
“She ended up leaving the UFC, so it wasn’t within the playing cards. Amanda turned the champion,” Anderson mentioned.
Anderson is a big underdog within the struggle on the betting market, however she expects to shock the world in opposition to Nunes.
She didn’t get to face Cyborg in her UFC debut a couple of years in the past, however now she will get to struggle somebody most individuals take into account to be the GOAT of girls’s MMA.
“It’s a troublesome struggle. She has an excellent resume, however we’re up for the duty,” Anderson mentioned.
Psychological Well being Points
Anderson has opened up on psychological well being points quite a few instances prior to now, so I believed it was vital to thank her for doing that. In any case, as somebody who has struggled with the identical sorts of points, I do know what it’s prefer to really feel alone in that tough struggle.
Anderson has truthfully shared about her private demons, the alcoholism that runs in her household, and that she’s even handled suicidal ideas and actions. For me, even simply writing that sentence helps me really feel much less alone.
I can solely think about it does one thing related for individuals who learn these sorts of tales about her or hear her discuss these sorts of points to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“Speaking about psychological well being is horrifying,” Anderson advised Heavy.
“It makes me really feel very susceptible. Once I give it some thought, the one motive I believe it makes me really feel that method is as a result of there’s a stigma round it. There’s this concept that if you happen to discuss having psychological well being points, that you simply’re weak. I’m not a weak individual. For me, having gone by way of every part I’ve, and popping out the opposite facet, I do know I’m not a weak individual,” Anderson mentioned.
Anderson believes busting that stigma is vital work and that she’s uniquely geared up to do it. Furthermore, Anderson is aware of the stakes are enormous.
“If I will help one individual or stop one individual from making an attempt suicide or committing suicide by speaking about these matters which may not essentially be comfy to speak about, if I will help only one individual…then my job has been performed,” Anderson mentioned.
Anderson believes speaking about psychological well being points ought to by no means be off-limits. Extra importantly, she lives that method.
“It is part of life. It’s a part of the wrestle that folks undergo, and simply because individuals undergo these kind of issues doesn’t make them weak. We have to change that narrative,” Anderson mentioned.
Foolish Chat For One other Time
Anderson’s first identify is pronounced “mee-gan” not “may-gan” so anybody who follows her on social media is aware of she spends a lot of time correcting individuals about the right way to say her identify.
Maybe it’s all of the instances somebody has known as me “Casey” or”Chelsea” and even simply that the receptionist at my physician’s workplace final week nearly fell out of her chair as a result of she thought I “had a lady’s identify”, however right here is the foolish line of questioning I had ready for Anderson however didn’t have the time (or perhaps the braveness) to truly undergo with.
Unused questions for my interview with Megan Anderson. pic.twitter.com/EK8QxAH4Ll
— Kelsey McCarson (@kelsey_mccarson) March 5, 2021
Perhaps it may occur subsequent time.
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