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Old 05-07-2010, 07:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pudzianowski v Kawaguchi @ KWS III *SPOILERS*



An interesting display here, Mariusz showed once again that his striking is fast-paced, explosive, aggressive, and completely undisciplined. Despite his lack of technique, he spends so much time striking that his opponent can't even get a punch in edgewise. However, this isn't exactly new, he showed this in his first fight.

One thing we saw from him that we haven't seen before was wrestling. He said he'd been training his wrestling nonstop and it shows. He scored several takedowns, both clinch and shoot, and displayed an ability to move fairly easily to half guard from full. Unfortunately, we saw very little else from him on the ground, there were no attempts at submissions and very little ground and pound. He was stood up multiple times for inactivity. He also didn't seem to understand how to pass the guard, either that or he simply didn't want to because he skipped several easy opportunities.

His opponent spent most of the fight holding on for dear life, on the feet he was getting battered or clinched against the ropes, and on the ground he was on his back the whole time. I think the only damage he did to Mariusz was a couple of leg kicks.

That said, the fact that Mariusz was unable to finish, or indeed inflict any more visible damage on Kawaguchi than a bloody nose, indicates that a smaller, weaker fighter with more experience can still pose a challenge to Mariusz simply because he is so new to the sport. At this point, Brock would smash him. On the other hand, the fact that they went ten minutes and Mariusz looked strong and aggressive at the end demonstrates that he does indeed have a deep gas tank, despite some people's doubts.

At this point in his career Sylvia is a good choice for Mariusz. Tim is a difficult guy to grapple with- he may not be much of a submission threat, but has been able to survive with some of the best HW grapplers out there. And if anyone's striking will give Mariusz fits it will be Sylvia's plodding rangy attacks. I look forward to this next test.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pudz won a two round decision that I thought could very well have been a draw. I love Mariusz' agressiveness but not much else. Whenever he got his opponent to the ground he rarely showed any type of finishing skills.

Kawaguchi was pretty successful on the ground at maintaining wrist control. And Kawaguchi demonstrated Mariusz obvious vulnerability to leg kicks. If Kawaguchi had better mobility and TDD he could have tooled Mariusz.

I personally had hopes that Mariusz could eventually become a somewhat respectable fighter. After this fight I just don't see that happening.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Pudz won a two round decision that I thought could very well have been a draw. I love Mariusz' agressiveness but not much else. Whenever he got his opponent to the ground he rarely showed any type of finishing skills.

Kawaguchi was pretty successful on the ground at maintaining wrist control. And Kawaguchi demonstrated Mariusz obvious vulnerability to leg kicks. If Kawaguchi had better mobility and TDD he could have tooled Mariusz.

I personally had hopes that Mariusz could eventually become a somewhat respectable fighter. After this fight I just don't see that happening.
I think Draw is a little farfetched. It was a lackluster win but to me the victor was obvious. Mariusz did more damage and controlled the action.



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I think Draw is a little farfetched. It was a lackluster win but to me the victor was obvious. Mariusz did more damage and controlled the action.



I agree Pudz won both of those rounds but started gasing in the second, Timmy should be a different fight.
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More of the same we saw in the first fight. Yeah, big strong guy who is faster than you'd expect for his size. That is the good news. The bad news is pretty bad though, his technique is just appallingly, laughably bad. He won that fight but even washed up Timmy that showed up against Mercer will give this guy problems. If Sylvia resembles his pre Mercer self in any way he'll completely school this guy.
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I think Draw is a little farfetched. It was a lackluster win but to me the victor was obvious. Mariusz did more damage and controlled the action.
Mariusz won the first but lost the second in my opinion. He also likely would have lost a third round.

Now if the voting was based on the fight in total I'd agree Mariusz won. I have no idea how they decided as they didn't announce vote scores.

Regardless I'm ready to announce this guy as a total bust.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Cannot wait to see Sylvia tool Pudz standing.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Wow, Sylvia shouldnt have much trouble with this dude. The Pudz hype train is about to reach a halt.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have to agree. Sylvia is too good in all aspects and Mariusz has only strength on his side. Still I'm going to be watching
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