UFC 104 Post Fight Analysis - Random Thoughts

via www.bourbontheatre.com

- Cain Velasquez has a lot of things going for him but big power in his hands are not among them.  In the process of controlling Ben Rothwell for the entire fight and landing roughly four thousand punches to Ben's head Cain never seemed to be close to knocking him out.  When the ref jumped in to save Rothwell from any further punishment Ben was completely clear eyed.  Add this to the Cheick Kongo fight where Cain landed at will much of the fight without getting a stoppage, the Denis Stojnic fight which took Cain far too long to finish, and the Jake O'Brien fight where O'Brien appeared to not be overly hurt despite getting pounded on in a crucifix and I think we can officially question how much power is really in those hands.  Still, a smothering wrestling game and deep gas tank are going to carry Cain pretty far.

- Stefan Struve is going to be really good.  The kid is almost seven feet tall with seven triangle choke victories (14 submissions overall).  He is adding muscle to his huge frame and is finally starting to look like he can use his height effectively in the striking game.  If he can fully round out his striking game and make it so that the decision for his opponents is to stand up and get picked apart by a guy they can't get close to, come inside and eat knees that he can throw to the head with ease or go to the ground where his length provides a host of submission opportunities...that's just scary.  Dos Santos wrecked him in their fight, but that was a hell of a draw for his first fight under the bright lights of the UFC for a 21 year old.

- Pat Barry was a pleasure to watch.  The first round was going so hard against him as Antoni Hardonk was wearing out his legs with his trademark leg kicks and swelling up Pat's eye with punches.  Then Pat came out in the second round, got his timing and started finding a home for hard punches en route to the knockout of the night.  Barry's emotion in the post-fight interview was really great to see.

- A Team Quest fighter used a smart and effective gameplan.  How about Chael Sonnen using solid combination striking that worked off of leg kicks and then adding in point scoring takedowns?  In the end I don't think Sonnen was so much underrated as Okami was overrated.  That being said, it was really nice to see Sonnen fight hard but smart.  Usually it's one or the other.

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