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Posted 01-06-2010 at 11:46 PM by HitOrGetHit
A successful takedown in MMA can show dominance in an MMA fight. But for it to truly be successful, I believe that a fighter should be able to either submit their opponent, or cause damage while on the ground. If a takedown results in nothing for a fighter, then I believe that it should be scored as nothing. If the fighter who scored the takedown could not keep their opponent down long enough to do damage, or they just laid on their opponent, then they should not receive any points for controlling their opponent.

In my opinion, a takedown that led to no submission or no significant damage, is the same thing as a submission attempt that led to nothing. The failed submission attempt does not score any points, so why should a worthless takedown be worth so much? This is why wrestlers have such advantage in MMA as of right now. They can win fights simply by laying on their opponents. This is not t say that wrestlers are not good fighters, but some wrestlers have a habit of taking fighters down and doing nothing significant from that point on.

If a fighter gets a fight to the ground, and then does not do any damage or get a submission, then how much of a fight really happened? I think that people are losing sight of the fact that MMA is still a fight. Wrestling is a part of fighting, but damage must be done after the wrestling aspect is over.

I think that takedowns are the biggest downfall in MMA scoring as of right now. They accomodate way too much to wrestlers and bigger and stronger fighters. I agree that controlling your opponent is a big part of fighting, but even if you are on top, if you are causing no real damage, you are still in defense mode as far as I am concerned.

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Posted 01-06-2010 at 11:37 PM by HitOrGetHit
There has been a lot of talk recently about scoring 10-8 rounds in MMA. I think that a fighter must be completely dominant for the entirety of the round t be awarded a 10-8 round. A specific example of this talk is about the Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans fight. Many fans wanted to see Silva get a 10-8 round in the third round due to the fact that Silva hurt Evans at the end of the round. The problem is that Silva did not do a good job following up with more strikes and he was not this dominant throughout the round.

This leads me to believe that many fans are thinking too much like a boxing judge. In boxing, the only thing being judged is striking. If a fighter drops their opponent, then that fighter is awarded a 10-8 round because they got the better of the exchanges in that round. In MMA there is a ground element, so a fighter must be dominant in all areas unless the fight is a pure standup battle. Even if a fighter's takedowns amount to nothing, if their opponent is not completely dominant, then the round should still be scored as a 10-9 round.

I don't think that MMA should focus on giving out 10-8 rounds more often at all. This works in boxing because fights vary from around 10-15 rounds for the most part. In MMA, most fights are 3 rounds. The significance of this is that more 10-8 rounds would lead to more draws. This essentially leads to more controversy. I believe that fighters should truly earn 10-8 rounds by completely dominating their opponents to the point where judges have no choice but to award a 10-8 round.

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Posted 01-02-2010 at 06:24 PM by HitOrGetHit
With Strikeforce getting ahold of Dan "Hendo" Henderson, they have bumped up their talent level. I believe that this is more than just a good signing. This move could do good or bad for both the UFC and Strikeforce.

If Dan Henderson were to lose his first fight or not amount to much in Strikeforce, it will hurt the UFC's reputation. Strikeforce would have just shut down one of the UFC's top contenders. On the other hand, if Henderson cleans out Strikeforce then it could be detrimental to the growth of Strikeforce. An ex-UFC fighter who wasn't even a champion beat everyone that Strikeforce put in with him. It is a risky move for both parties, but in my opinion, it is more risky for Strikeforce.

If Henderson loses in Strikeforce, the UFC can spin it and say that he was washed up and that the Strikeforce fighters would never beat an actual UFC champion. If Henderson is to do great things in Strikeforce, then Strikeforce can't really explain how a non UFC champion beat all of their fighters.

All in all, if Henderson is to stay in Strikeforce until he is finished with fighting, then this is a great move for Strikeforce either way. If Henderson beats his opponents in Strikeforce and then returns to the UFC, it will most definitely put a dent in Strikeforce's reputation.

Another problem with Henderson going to Strikeforce is that Strikeforce will more than likely have Henderson headlining fight cards. To the hardcore fan this could be a great thing. The problem is that most casual fans are naturally more attracted to the UFC, so they will not be as interested in Henderson headlining an event as they would be in a UFC headliner. Dan Henderson is not as big of a draw as Strikeforce more than likely thinks.

I think that this is very risky for Strikeforce. This could either be a huge success, or a huge failure. Either way I will be sitting back and watching to find out.

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Posted 12-28-2009 at 08:17 AM by HitOrGetHit
What does it take to be the best in the world? Do you have to be an exciting fighter? Do you have to have a flawless record? Do you have to appeal to the fans around the world? I don't believe so. To be considered the best fighter in the world, a fighter must constantly prove that he or she is still the best fighter in the world. It is not a lifelong title.

Many fans believe that Fedor Emelianenko is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. They justify him fighting in Strikeforce by saying that he has already fought the best of the best in the past. Although this may be true, it proves nothing other than the fact that he was the best back then. To be legitimately considered the best in the world today, he must face the best fighters in the world today.

There is no doubting Fedor's amazing abilities as a fighter. But as all fighters do, Fedir will age, and he will begin to slow down. The only way to truly see where a fighter is at is to see them face the best of the best. Fedor is very possibly the best fighter in the world. It just needs to be proven time and time again.

Saying that Fedor Emelianenko is the best in the world because he has beaten top fighters in the past is like saying that the Wachington Redskins are the best team in football because they won a few superbowls in the past. The best sports teams are decided every year. They do not have title's like this. They must prove year after year that they are the top team. Fighters must do the same.

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Posted 11-15-2009 at 02:02 PM by ARM*BAR
The Coninued expansion of the UFC only means that the little MMA shows that dot the planet are now a threat to the MMA giant. The smaller shows are the backbone of MMA, Many fighters started off fighting in these organizations, this is where many of them developed the ability to deal with many of the mental aspects that come with being a pro fighter, while fighting at their respective skill levels. It's importat that these shows continue, and with the expansion of the UFC on a global scale, we could...
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