Originally Posted by sove
40k on KJ.
I keep hearing about how Diaz is going to sub KJ. I'm not convinced. It's not that I think it can't happen, it's that I watch him train with Baruch (our instructor) during JJ class and know how hard he's trained submission escapes and TD defense.
Baruch's takedowns are unbelievable and he doesn't let up. And Baruch has been starting with submissions already locked in deep on KJ and forcing him to escape. Once on his feet, I think KJ can take it to Diaz.
I also keep hearing about how Crazy Horse knocked KJ out in the first round. Yes, and Joe Lauzon knocked out Jens Pulver in the first round, but I don't know anyone who would say that Joe is a better fighter than Jens.
Yeah, I'm biased, but I gotta stick by my gym!
I had to quote myself. I wasn't just talking out my ass. This wasn't a fluke or a lucky guess. KJ's striking is precise, and his takedown defense is actually improved since the Berto fight. I'm really impressed with how he brought it all together for this fight. I had faith in him already, but he really showed that he's learning the MMA game. He looked good in the berto fight, but this was on another level.