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David Bielkheden: A Lesson In Poor Game Plans

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He's facing Diego Sanchez at UFC 82 and it sounds like he doesn't know what's about to hit him. Notable quote:

"I have not seen much of his fights, but he has good wrestling and stamina," Bielkheden says. "I have not seen him fight standing up, so I guess he is more comfortable on the ground."

The keys to success for the strong Swede are obvious: Keep up with Sanchez's pace and defend his takedowns.

"That's the plan," Bielkheden admits. "I will try to defend his takedowns, but if I can't do that, I will just fight off my back. When all is said and done, I don't care [how the fight ends], just as long as it's a good fight."

Let's see: he hasn't watched tape which means his gameplan is going to be short-sighted no matter what, he isn't bringing in wrestlers to prepare and he seems perfectly content to lose provided there is action during the fight. Combine these facts with the reality that European competition - generally speaking - already are poor wrestlers not accustomed to the punishing pace or control of North American MMA - where strong wrestlers dominate in almost every weightclass. This is a recipe for disaster particularly when facing a strong wrestler with ungodly cardio and excellent submission defense. And if Bielkheden thinks his BJJ is going to be enough, he's only kidding himself. Sanchez had good sub defense before joining forces with Saulo Ribeiro. Bielkheden, despite his BJJ pedigree and servicable muay Thai, has already shown a weakness to good wrestlers in his loss to Mitsuhiro Ishida. This guy is in a for a rude awakening.