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Old 12-16-2007, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What Would You Rather Watch?

This was prompted by the recent TUF Finale, and the constant discussions of boring fighters/fights etc. So...

What would you rather watch:

A) A highly technical match where two guys make very few mistakes, and are pretty much able to neutralize each other. The fight is less likely to be finished, but probably features two more skilled competitors.

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B) A fight that doesn't feature much technique, is more sloppy, but also more likely to be finished due to one guy capitalizing on the other's mistake.

Just curious what everyone else thinks. Personally, I like option A better. I'd rather watch two technicians go at it for 15 minutes. I feel like I learn more by watching a fight like that, and I find it entertaining as well, but that's just a personal preference.

Also, I would've posted a poll, but have never done so before. So this thread is rolling poll-less.
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Old 12-16-2007, 07:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great, great topic, cdnbaron. I really hope that this is a multi-pager, because it damn well deserves it. for bringing the content.

I choose option A, too. I like watching skilled guys fight rather than 2 guys being sloppy. If I wanted to watch that, then I'd go buy Ghetto Bum Fight Brawls or whatever. I like the occasional solid brawl, hell, Takayama vs Frye is my all-time second favorite fight, but with option A, you get to see technique, which has always been important to me. I also like to re-watch fights, and with a technical fight that goes 15, I can pick up on new things and try to figure out who won on both sides. With option B, the fun hits you instantly, but the next time you watch it, it's not the same.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Option A. I usually don't accept low-quality stuff, no matter what. This goes for what I watch to what I eat to what I buy.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm starting to find more and more that even with the slugfests, while I find them entertaining (as it's hard not to) I also find myself increasingly yelling at the tv for guys to move their heads, use angles coming in, not move straight back, etc. It justs seems to take away some of the mystique those kinds of fights had for me when I first got into the sport.

And with the technical fights, I'm finding them to be increasingly entertaining by looking for guard passes, possible subs, and openings in the striking game that guys can exploit.

I think a lot of what type of fights people prefer has to do with how much MMA they've watched as well.. Newer fans are captivated by the big flashy KOs, as I once was, but as you watch more and more you gain an appreciation for the other aspects of the sport. Training could also have a lot to do with it, when you've actually sparred (which I haven't) or rolled (which I have) it allows you to look at fights a little bit differently. That probably has something to do with my ground game bias too.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Option A for sure. I like brawls, but i liked the technical fights like guida vs. Griffen, and Guida vs. Tavares.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't know about that. Even with porn these days I find myself questioning some of the ground technique. Seriously, those dudes have terrible guard passes, and it's not like the girls have a Nog-esque guard or anything.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like a mixture of A and B, personally. For instance, I think Rampage is a pretty technical fighter, but also possesses that brawler instinct as well. I think Machida is fun and entertaining to watch, but I would rather watch someone who mixes technical skills and the brawler instinct. As far as the ground game goes though, I love a technical grappling match, but I can't stand lame ass wrestlers who just sit in guard with no posture and throw shitty ass punches and elbows. That shit really bugs me
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have to go with A also. A slufgest is only good when the two "sluggers" have good techique, that's why Wandelei Silva and Anderson Silva is fun to watch in a stand up battle. Some it seems like they are just trying to land punches. A great ground chess game cant be very entertaining.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I like watching a technical fight, now when you have 2 people who are truely working and trying things that is a fantastic thing to watch and when it goes to the ground like that you can usually see some crazy transitions on positions and stuff. Just laying on the opponent and barely working is what i hate.

Watching the more sloppy fights is pretty cool because there are mistakes for the other to make to make for some big moments in fights, not just a KO but submissions and everything as well.

I get enjoyment out of both but i much prefer a really crazy technical fight where both fighters are working to try different things on each other it is the kinda thing that puts me on the edge of my seat wondering what is going to happen who is going to get what or where the fight might go.

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