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There's a fashionable use of “instant karma” at the moment on the internet, notably in relation to martial arts, boxing, fights… which is basically about fighters being ‘punished’ after being cocky, arrogant, overly confident, disrespectful of their opponent or blindly unaware of the risks they were taking. E.g. (not for the faint-hearted):
Unfortunately, while karma is clearly visible in such context, it's not how the popular use of the term suggests it is.
Karma, in this situation, appears thus:
If you're disrespectful of your opponent, or of the ‘title’ of your opponent, don't expect to be respected even if you win: if you assert the title is worthless, then it still is worthless after becoming ‘yours’! If you assert your opponent is weak, then there's no glory in winning, and others will assume you're weak too (if only for the fact that you chose to fight a ‘weak’ opponent, rather than a ‘serious’ one)!
If you think beating someone up is a way to win, to get the girls or to make a livi…………