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Study: Smiling Fighters More Likely To Lose

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas) – While most feel it is important to approach each day positively, boxers may not want to start their days with a smile.

According to a recent study, a fighter who smiles at their opponent during a weigh-in before a fight is more likely to lose, the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest is reporting.

“Smiles are a nonverbal sign of reduced hostility and aggression, and thereby unintentionally communicate reduced physical dominance,” the researchers’ findings noted according to the American Psychological Association’s website, PsycNet.

The study looked at the fighter’s face in photographs taken before fights and reportedly determined that those who smiled at their opponents usually wound up losing the fight.

One example the study used was at UFC 156, when contender Gleison Tibau was said to have smiled at his opponent, Evan Dunham. Dunham went on to win the bout by a split decision.

The study was published in the scientific journal Emotion.


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