Originally Posted by Toxic
That is incorrect. judging criteria is based on effective striking, grappling, aggression and octagon control. for the most part Rockhold was far more agressive and he also largely controlled the cage. The fight was close and either guy taking it would not have been a crime.
I disagree. Although it was a closely contested fight I believe Souza clearly should have won the fight.
First 2 rounds were easily Souza's. Rockhold did nothing to win those rounds.
The 3rd round was Rockhold's.
In the 4th Rockhold was tired, Souza landed far better shots standing and spent more time controlling the fight pressing Rockhold against the cage.
The 5th could have gone either way with Rockhold having a slight advantage standing compared to Souza actually getting a takedown.