What is important is the principle of the thing. The fighter is saying he's willing to die rather than be dominated. He's valuing his free will over his life, something that we all admire. Fighting at its center is about making someone do what they don't want to do. Enforcing your will. We come to the fights to see that struggle as much as great technique-we want to see heart on display, we want a chance to see real courage -and it can be a costly show.