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post #168 of (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Roflcopter View Post
Yeah. Chael really isn't that impressive...and his philosphies on fighting are pretty bad(Don't worry about defense guys!)....yeah says the guy whos been submitted about 8 times.
Says a guy who doesn't even fight. I will keep calling you out until you back your ish up. Lets see some proof of your alleged fights please.

In the meantime I will correct you and say that, while you obviously shouldn't eschew defense entirely, Chael is absolutely right to advocate that it take backseat to offense. This is true for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, at a lower level of competition, aggression is arguably the biggest factor in winning a fight. Hell, even at higher levels, pressure can make the difference between the winner and loser. There aren't many fighters who are so skillful that they can allow their opponents to take the lead and still come out on top.

Furthermore, Chael only has a finite amount of time to actually correct technique. I have no doubt that he's trying to do so, but at the end of the day, pressure and aggression can go a long way in covering up flaws. Encouraging an offense-oriented mindset and strategy is literally the most time-efficient course of action he can take.

Another thing to consider is that this is a 2-round exhibition. The fight is only 2/3 as long as usual, so there's less time to assert your game and make an impression on judges. The sooner you get the lead, the better, especially when your opponent has less time than usual to catch up.

And last, but certainly not least, THIS IS TUF! Charging through the gates and leaving it all out there is your best bet for creating an exciting fight, and not only impressing the judges, but impressing Dana. Even if you don't win, you're probably going to up your chances at getting on the wild card if you go balls to the wall. Especially since Dana never fails to mention, season after season, that he's most impressed by those who go out to make (and finish) an exciting bout.

Chael is an intelligent veteran. There is great reasoning behind his strategies, which are fueled by his experience in the cage against top-shelf competition. Of course a wannabe like you wouldn't grasp the wisdom behind his methods.

And yeah, still waiting on that proof, 'Mr. Undefeated.'

All of that aside, I freaking LOVE Chael Sonnen as a coach and a TV personality. Instead of focusing only on the physical, technical, and even strategic components of the game, Chael seems to emphasize supporting his fighters psychologically.

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