Why is a fighter filled with relief as soon as the bout is done? Because regardless of the emotional reactions that come with losing, there is a sliver of peace that accompanies the end of a fight. A moment of presence where there is little concern about past or future. The worries of cutting weight, what your opponent will do, and all the stresses that come beyond your comfort zone all disappear. While uncomfortable in the moment, it will always be followed by a moment of bliss, just like a night of good sleep and a satisfying meal to punctuate a hard and long week of work.