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Old 04-27-2009, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Limiting the Puncher's Chance (Article

So, I posted a longer article earlier today, and I thought that people might be interested. It's largely on the shift in the stand-up game and the way that fighters are changing their plans to increase their consistency.

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The best fighter doesn’t always win. This is common knowledge.

Sometimes a fighter gets caught, sometimes he gets starched by a overhand right and wakes up not knowing where he is. Given the right circumstances, a fighter who hits hard can win any bout, though he is heavily dependent on the circumstances. At least, that is the conventional wisdom.

In point of fact, the conventional wisdom can be circumvented. The puncher can have that chance severely reduced, not just by skill, but by gameplanning, and this is a realization we’re starting to see, for better or for worse, in the upper echelon of the sport.

Fighters who are intentionally evasive often get flack when they don’t hit back as hard as the fans think they should, but there’s a reason for this. There’s a reason why Lyoto Machida counters primarily with the kick, and there’s a reason why Chuck Liddell’s use of the overhand right as a counter attack didn’t cause him problems for most of his career, but has started to give him trouble lately.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great article as usual IronMan And it couldn't have come at a better time. I agree with what you said about Anderson Silva, Liddell, and Machida.

Anderson Silva never lost that "kill factor." That is just how he fights, he wins fights, and it just recently became noticed that if his opponent doesn't come forward, there might not be much of a fight.

If those fighters like Machida, and Silva can incorporate that "aggression" along with their illusive and defensive style, we can have a whole new wave of fighters to come.
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Good read. You could also include GSP in your list and how he's been able to negate that puncher's chance with his wrestling (both in the stand up and by TDing his opponents), since after the Matt Serra loss.
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I think the way Lyoto Fought Thiago Silva was unbelievable he was both aggressive and illusive, i think if all counter fighters used that win as a blueprint the future is very bright for these fighters both in terms of success and popularity.

Good article by the way IM keep up the good work
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Great article. Basically the level of excitement in fights with a counter puncher largely depends on his opponent.
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Good read. You could also include GSP in your list and how he's been able to negate that puncher's chance with his wrestling (both in the stand up and by TDing his opponents), since after the Matt Serra loss.
Yeah. Georges is definitely a guy who is starting to figure that out.

A lot of that, as you mentioned, is his wrestling, and a lot of what I see developing is his ability to use his kicks, which helps when guys are worrying about the shot.

Definitely a guy worth mentioning.


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I think the way Lyoto Fought Thiago Silva was unbelievable he was both aggressive and illusive, i think if all counter fighters used that win as a blueprint the future is very bright for these fighters both in terms of success and popularity.

Good article by the way IM keep up the good work
Thanks, man.

The thing about Machida is that it's not as though he changed his gameplan. He just got an opening and took it.

It was a great finish. Hopefully, we'll get more from Machida, and he'll start to exploit those openings.

Since I see him beating Rashad, I'd like him to do that, as it'll make him a great and consistent champ.
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