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Quick Discombobulated Thoughts On Last Night's Fights

  • Overeem-Browne.... wow. Yet another brilliant bit of strategy by Jackson-Winklejohn with Browne's repeated front kicks, which Overeem totally failed to adjust to even though the former threw about 14 of them. I'm sure that strike wouldn't have gotten through those big K-1 gloves, and who wants to bet Overeem mostly practiced with bigger gloves at that Dutch kickboxing gym? I thought the idea that Yamasaki should've stopped the fight when Overeem was unloading on Browne was overstated- it was Carwin-Lesnar 2 with Overeem wasting a ton of energy striking Browne's gloves, and Browne moving and standing up when he needed to. You sometimes see stoppages where a turtled up opponent is mostly absorbing the strikes on their gloves, but it's usually because the guy getting hit is in a worse position where he can't move at all- half guard or side control or what have you.

On the other hand, I thought the actual stoppage was somewhat early. Overeem only ate two hammer fists and was definitely not unconscious, he rolled away and protested immediately. Yamasaki's always had shaky decision making and it's unfortunate that Browne's awesome comeback victory is a bit spoiled by that stoppage. Of course he also allowed at least one blatantly illegal knee from the Reem as well.

  • Another bizarre Uriah Hall performance. He's not a bust in the sense that he's not good enough to be a UFC-level fighter- I think he possesses all of the physical tools and then some. He just seems to have strange mental and performance issues, especially around being a hesitant striker. He has Nate Marquardt-syndrome of simply staring at his opponent and refusing to engage- he desperately needs more aggressiveness. He doesn't even counter effectively. Maybe an old school Chute Boxe camp would get him in the right mode, but I think it's probably too late at this point in his career. I have no strong opinions on the actual decision as I refuse to watch that fight again.

While Hall definitely threw that fight away, Howard definitely over-performed. I wish his boxing consisted of more than winging a single wild left hook once a minute- on the other hand, he was shockingly just as strong as Hall in the clinch and grappling game, despite looking to be 1.5 weight classes smaller. I noticed he didn't get a post-fight interview, probably to express White's displeasure with the somewhat bizarre round three, but hopefully he's earned another shot in the UFC. Anyone that beat up the Boston Bomber is OK in my book, surprised they didn't play that angle up more.

  • While I really liked McGregor's performance and didn't see it as 'disappointing', I think we will see more decisions from him at the UFC level. He has a crazy striking style I would describe as 'aggressive karate', where he throws a lot of fast strikes but prioritizes speed over power. I.e. he goes for fast delivery over wind-up and subsequent power, see a guy2's recent piece on his 'soft' left. It's not a bad thing by any means, I still find his striking extremely entertaining. Apparently he'll adopt Diaz taunting tactics to set up opportunities to counter-strike? He did that quite a bit. Very cool to see his takedowns and a bit of his ground game.

  • Matt Brown- UFC fighter I'd most want to have on my side in a bar fight. His aggressiveness is just off the charts, I really thought Pyle was going to win this fight with crafty takedowns and his ground game.

  • I guess I don't share the popular view that the Gamburyan-Miller fight was some kind of huge robbery. Everyone's quick to draw comparisons to Davis-Machida, but I just didn't see Miller land that many strikes on the feet to make up for the takedowns, slams, and ground control. No, it wasn't the most exciting fight, and no I wish fighters couldn't win with just ground control, but their opponents have to have actual offense on the feet to make a case for winning. I guess I just didn't see Miller doing that.




\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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