Hugo Viana Compares Being a Physical Therapist to Also Being a Fighter
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.25.2014
UFC bantamweight fighter Hugo Viana recently spoke about his upcoming bout with Junior Hernandez set for UFC on Fox 10 today. Below are some highlights.
Hugo Viana on if his career as a physical therapist and being able to spot weak points benefits him in MMA: "A spot used in healing isn't necessarily the best target. Of course, we seek the most painful and effective spots. Working as a therapist does help when it comes to precision. Precision is crucial in reaching the right target, when either healing or causing damage."
Viana on being both a physical therapist and a fighter: "It's paradoxical. The hand that strikes is also the hand that heals. I enjoy working with my hands, performing physical therapy and promoting my patients' wellbeing. It's also good for my well-being. I'm a big fan of fighting, and I think both sides are very connected. Great martial artist have always been great healers too. I seek to follow in that tradition."
Viana on rebounding from his first career loss to TJ Dillashaw: "I'm becoming more mature and I'm more at peace when dealing with adversity. I'm more serene and balanced now. I always seek to have a balanced personal and professional life. It's rewarding to see the positive feedback from my patients and my fans. This is a great time in my life...I was able to deal with my defeat in a positive manner. It's not the sort of thing that affects my ego or bothers me. Some victories are bad, and some losses are good. Life is full of moments like that. Sometimes a defeat is good because it helps us stay grounded and put things in perspective. By comparison, sometimes victories put us up on a high pedestal that doesn't reflect reality."