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I kinda like that decision. Those elbows at the end were nasty AF and Vieira did barely anything despite top control. Happy to see more judging like that going forward.
 

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Wow the spanish commentators were giving the brazilian fighter the W but actually she dominated the position on the ground but didnt do shit with that. Actually i think it was a right call from the judges
 

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Wow the spanish commentators were giving the brazilian fighter the W but actually she dominated the position on the ground but didnt do shit with that. Actually i think it was a right call from the judges
Me too, she had over 100 strokes compared to about 20.

Much prefer to see fights judged that way
 

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2 very unnecessary shots. Derrick was angry
 

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Never doubt the black beast.
 

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A walk away knockout looks far better anyways. The extra shots aren’t that common these days they used to be as Bisping will recall from Dan Henderson
 

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The wiki page will be corrected soon but it has KO via “murder” at the moment
 

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Heavyweight isnt even mma anymore. Theres nothing mixed about that style.
Yeah not a massive fan of it in mma or boxing. The lighter divisions are much better.

I think the problem is out of the entire population you don't get people that big in reality...so then out of them who wants to be and/or has the ability to be a fighter? So the talent pool is really poor outside the top few. Boxing for example has AJ and Fury, the rest are pretty shite
 

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Blaydes has a name that would be a Mortal Kombat character and comes out to the MK theme song. Staying true to the character, he falls victim to a fatality and loses his soul.
 

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I am not a big fan of Lewis. I personally think he is unsportsmanlike and has a history play acting and feigning eye pokes and low blows to get away from pressure.

I know it’s heat of the moment and you want to be sure, but those two shots were extreme and could have caused serious, serious damage.

Definitely not “super necessary”
 

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I am not a big fan of Lewis. I personally think he is unsportsmanlike and has a history play acting and feigning eye pokes and low blows to get away from pressure.

I know it’s heat of the moment and you want to be sure, but those two shots were extreme and could have caused serious, serious damage.

Definitely not “super necessary”
He did get poked in the eye though.

Playing possum is perfectly legitimate if people fall for it
 

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He did get poked in the eye though.

Playing possum is perfectly legitimate if people fall for it
I wasn’t talking about last night, he has done it before and I don’t think it’s very sportsmanlike in a proper fight.

It’s obvious if you turn your back or feign an illegal blow that your opponent will hesitate. It’s not the right way to do things in my opinion.

He has also bragged in the past about his lack of training and application. I’m just not a fan of how he does things in general.
 

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Yeah not a massive fan of it in mma or boxing. The lighter divisions are much better.

I think the problem is out of the entire population you don't get people that big in reality...so then out of them who wants to be and/or has the ability to be a fighter? So the talent pool is really poor outside the top few. Boxing for example has AJ and Fury, the rest are pretty shite
Plus the talent pool of athletes that size inevitably drift towards the NBA and NFL. Not enough guaranteed money in the UFC to make it a viable option in comparison.

Look at the 1st pick in last years NBA draft - Zion Williamson. 6’7, 285 pounds and insanely athletic at 20 years old. Physically bullies grown men who’ve been in the NBA for years.

If that physique and athleticism was coupled with MMA training from a young age your average UFC heavyweight wouldn’t have a chance. It’s just much easier to pick up a basketball instead.
 

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Wonder if we'll see Lewis and Ngannou run back one of the biggest non-events in UFC recent history at some point, although Lewis said he hates being the main event because it means a 5-rounder :lol:
 

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Wonder if we'll see Lewis and Ngannou run back one of the biggest non-events in UFC recent history at some point, although Lewis said he hates being the main event because it means a 5-rounder :lol:
It would be a 30 second fight next time. Francis would go in on him like he did Rozenstruik.
 

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It would be a 30 second fight next time. Francis would go in on him like he did Rozenstruik.
Probably, though even Ngannou would have to be a bit wary of Lewis' power. Either way I think you're right that it would be a short fight this time.
 

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Man... I did not expect Lewis to do that!

That's some technical development. Against DC he didn't even think of landing a shot while DC was attempting a takedown.

Imagine just how scary Lewis could be if he was more of a fast starter and had better cardio. He is kinda of a slow starter. That could cost him against the likes of Miocic and Jones.

I feel for Blaydes though. He is a top three, top four fighter, and is probably not getting a title shot for the next three years. Possibly will end up in Bellator like Corey Anderson.

Fantasy matchmaking: Lewis X Volkov 2. Blaydes X Overeem 2. Lewis said he wants Overeem, so if they go that route... would they make Blaydes X the loser of Jairzinho X Gane ?

Also, Tom Aspinall! Maybe my favorite blue chip prospect right now! Dude will be in the top 10 soon.
 

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I wasn’t talking about last night, he has done it before and I don’t think it’s very sportsmanlike in a proper fight.

It’s obvious if you turn your back or feign an illegal blow that your opponent will hesitate. It’s not the right way to do things in my opinion.

He has also bragged in the past about his lack of training and application. I’m just not a fan of how he does things in general.
I can't remember him ever faking an eye poke, even the slightest touch to the eye is incredibly painful as well and can do some serious damage.

That's their problem if they hesitate though surely? You listen to the ref not the other fighter. Its a legitimate tactic and if they fall for it more fool them.

It looks bad on the other fighters if he doesn't train much and still is now the 3rd best heavyweight in the world. Goes back to my earlier point that its a terrible division
 

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I can't remember him ever faking an eye poke, even the slightest touch to the eye is incredibly painful as well and can do some serious damage.

That's their problem if they hesitate though surely? You listen to the ref not the other fighter. Its a legitimate tactic and if they fall for it more fool them.

It looks bad on the other fighters if he doesn't train much and still is now the 3rd best heavyweight in the world. Goes back to my earlier point that its a terrible division
I have seen it on several occasions, only to take a swipe out of nowhere. It is the fighters fault obviously, but that doesn’t make it any more sportsmanlike for me. It’s just a small thing, but coupled with those two crazy blows on a cold opponent, I just suspect he is not the happy go lucky guy that the media displays.

I agree totally with you about the division, it is terrible. I guess that’s the price you pay at that weight and power. You can get by with a lot less cardio and dedication if you hit like a truck.
 

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I have seen it on several occasions, only to take a swipe out of nowhere. It is the fighters fault obviously, but that doesn’t make it any more sportsmanlike for me. It’s just a small thing, but coupled with those two crazy blows on a cold opponent, I just suspect he is not the happy go lucky guy that the media displays.

I agree totally with you about the division, it is terrible. I guess that’s the price you pay at that weight and power. You can get by with a lot less cardio and dedication if you hit like a truck.
Yeah fair play....I think the 2 strikes weren't needed definitely.

Exactly, outside of the elite it's just such a poor division, Lewis isn't that good of a fighter and is probably in line for the title shot (although Jones will prob get it)
 

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Anyone know why Hooker has to go through a 56 day quarantine ?


You have to book quarantine in NZ I think so he hung around in Abu Dhabi. I don't think it's all been quarantine technically but imagine it's still shit especially getting KOed in Round 1!
 

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Hooker is from New Zealand, which has some of the strictest regulations in the world to defend against the coronavirus pandemic. It is working — there were only five new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand on Tuesday compared to 185,070 in the U.S. — but to make it that way, the country is tough on travelers.

Hooker will have to stay in Abu Dhabi for nearly a month after the fight with Chandler. He won’t be able to travel to New Zealand until Feb. 21, the first time a slot was available for quarantine.

But when he arrives, he won’t be able to immediately see his wife, Isabella, or his daughter, Zoey. He’ll have to go into a two-week quarantine before he’ll be able to go home.
 

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I always enjoy watching Dominick Cruz interviews. He is knowledgeable as hell, expresses himself well, and he tells it like he sees it.

Something he said here I found very touching. That MMA is not a game, that it's life or death, ,that the funny DC you see sometimes on a show isn't the same DC who was fighting Jon Jones or Stipe.

He said something about people on social media having this entire ''cancel culture'' thing and hurt feelings, and for him, the sport is just pure reality and that's why he does it.