Home field advantage in MMA? The prospect or the veteran? Can GSP be UNDERRATED?
Selected excerpts from Bankrupt Bookie's interview with Mike Fagan:
On homefield advantage in MMA: I'm inclined to believe that there is probably some sort of HFA in combat sports because it's a proven phenomenon in all 4 big North American sports. I don't feel comfortable making it a strong consideration without harder evidence.
On Oliveira's potential: It's really easy to fall in love with the combination of speed, striking, and grappling that Oliveira possesses. The speed, especially, is a huge factor in fights that I think people don't focus on enough. A significant speed advantage can be just as much a neutralizer as one-strike knockout power.
On Koscheck's gamepan: His striking his still follows a rudimentary pattern of jab-overhand right, rinse, repeat, spice with the occasional high kick. If he honestly plans on standing with St-Pierre (and I find that claim dubious), he'll be outclassed for 25 minutes.
Mike's opinion on "home fighters" vs "road fighters" is interesting. Recently we've seen a handful of Brits flop in England at UFC 120 and George Sotiropoulos pick up a big win in Australia at UFC 110. Traditional home field advantage provides a number of benefits for teams - familiar surroundings, lack of travel, and crowd support. How far will these benefits carry the Canadian fighters Saturday night?
Check out the rest of the interview with Mike Fagan at bankruptbookie.com.