Fedor>ALL I actually thought that he would lose his first round match up if he faced a strong wrestler like Kawajiri or Ishida. I didn't realize that Alvarez the asshhole decided to actually use his wrestling for once.
Well, his boxing and his wrestling have always been his bread and butter. Eddie was a two-time All-American highschool wrestler, and Dida is known for his striking power. Why would Eddie not take advantage of a glaring weakness in Andre's game?
Dida still has some crazy power for 155 and is a lot like a young Wanderlei standing. He is very wild but has a ton of power and when he connects his opponent feels it.
He's just too wild. You can have all the power in the world, but if you throw everything into your punches, chances are high you're leaving yourself open to being countered with a takedown.
Also the more time that passes since I've seen the fight the more I realize that the guy is only 10 fights into his pro career and has faced a top 5 FW, the #2 P4P fighter IMO, Caol Uno who is very solid, and now a young top WW prospect with a ton of talent. It's not like he's fighting scrubs however his ground game is a serious problem and he needs to work on it.
I agree, he's fought some tough competition. But you seemed extremely confident in his ability to make Alvarez look foolish:
Dida is a better striker than Alvarez and he's better in the clinch so he should win this fight standing. Plus his ground game is improving a lot from what I've read training with Shogun, Veio, and Ninja everyday.
Mid 1st rnd KO by knees.
Eddie is still with Elite XC they are allowing him to fight in K-1 GP.
However when he gets KO'd in the first round I think they might regret that decision.
lol. There's nothing wrong with you having optimistic predictions for one of your favourite fighters. I just find it interesting that you were so convinced that he'd be more complete with his training at the Universidade, and your confidence in his improvements completely changed since he got smashed.