I am reading this article. One MMA Fighter is talking about the other fighter. I don't quite understand what he's trying to say about the other fighter.

“At the end of the day, I’ll give it to Max, he’s a gamer,” Volkanovski said. “I’m sitting there trying to knock him but at the same time you’ve got to give him credit. It’s entertaining.

  1. As I know, "give it to someone" means, punishing someone. And I assume that gamer means somebody who fights fearlessly.

Does this mean the following?

Ultimately, I will punish him. He's a fearless fighter!

But then it doesn't make sense to me.

  1. Also what does "I am sitting there trying to knock him"? Does "sitting there" mean "staying there?"

By the way, this is excerpted from Alexander Volkanovski doubts Max Holloway’s long-term durability after Yair Rodriguez: ‘That chin’s going to go soon’

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    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 13:32
  • My first thought was the quoted speaker might not be a native Anglophone, because I'd expect nearly everyone to say he's a fighter in such contexts. But I see now he's Australian, so that's not the reason. I still think most of us would use fighter even in this exact context, despite that fact that it would be a potentially confusing "metaphoric" usage (as an idiom, She's a fighter means She's determined, She doesn't give up easily, not that she's a literal "pugilist"). But perhaps Volkanovski is simply avoiding the normal word because they're "professional fighters". Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 14:59
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    "As I know, "give it to someone" means, punishing someone". Sorry, you already fell off the bus here. In the context of "At the end of the day, I’ll give it to Max, he’s a gamer" 'giving it to him' means conceding a point, admitting that Max achieved something, a minor victory or accomplishment.
    – PcMan
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 14:04

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In context, "gamer" means he's a good participant in the sport of MMA, a worthy opponent. "I'm sitting there" does not literally mean sitting, as they are participating in a fight. Alternately, if this is after the fight, he may mean he's making critical remarks about his opponent, but at the same time crediting him for his abilities as a fighter and entertainer.

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    Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 13:45
  • I hadn't heard the sense you cited, but you're right: Merriam-Webster has "gamer a player who is game / especially : an athlete who relishes competition"
    – Stuart F
    Commented Nov 17, 2021 at 15:15

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