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Old 11-21-2010, 10:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Good fight man. I would say you probably got a little screwed. As others have said, round 1 was you easily, round 2 was probably him, but it wasnt that 1 sided, and round 3 while being close, was still definitely you with 2 takedowns and finishing the round with top control. You should've gotten the win.

Few things I will comment on as a "armchair fighter"

1) Keep your left hand up more. I noticed it dropped a lot in close range situations.

2) Make sure you have proper position to throw kicks. You had a couple REALLY good kicks, but there were also several kicks you threw while leaning backwards/moving back which really didnt have the power they should have.

3) This may be a preference thing when on the ground, but I'd suggest utilizing an underhook on the farside arm when you have side control. At least 2 instances I noticed you had side control and didnt establish the underhook to ensure you had your weight over him. Again maybe thats intentional, as ground games are taught differently, but I'm definitely in the belief that its good to use to really flatten the guy on his back and hold him down while you better your position and plan of attack.

4) Your spinning backfist is seriously one of the better ones I've seen, and I've watched A LOT of fights. The speed you throw it with is pretty incredible, and clearly it has power as it dropped the guy when you cleanly connected. Normally I dont know how much I'd suggest anyone use such a "flashy" maneuver, but with how well you throw it, I'd say keep using it. Not to mention it'll get you some more fans

5) I really liked your poise in the 3rd round when he swept you onto your back. You remained calm the whole time and did a really good job using your hips and legs to stifle his strikes and limit damage, only a couple punches when he finally got your head against the cage looked as if they even connected, but in all I thought it was a REALLY good job of staying poised the whole time, especially for a guy in his first pro fight. Might have been the most impressive part of the fight to me.

6) Class act after the fight. I cannot say how much I appreciate when guys show class after the fight. It speaks a lot to the sport of MMA, and will continue to help its legitimacy and aid in welcoming it into the mainstream even more. After a helluva war you showed a lot of class, and even after a questionable decision you still were very upbeat, and that shouldnt go unnoticed.

Again, I'm just an "armchair fighter" here, so take all of what I've said with a grain of salt, and in no way shape or form do I think I could do better. I think you fought really well, and I'm just trying to make suggestions to help if I can at all. I hope you continue to fight and post your fights here, and if you come fight in my home town I'll definitely come out to watch and support ya.

Anyway, keep kickin ass.
Thanks a lot man. The underhook thing has to do with my odd top game. I have a really good darce, and I like to guillotine from a darce attempt. So I try to bait guys into getting the underhook. But I agree, as for control purposes an underhook is the most effective. I am still very much in the process of developing my ground game and making adjustments all the time trying to figure out how to fight on the ground.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Talk about bad judging, you totally had that fight, and yes, the spinning backfist was really nice.

When is your next fight?
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:09 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Judging has been, and probably always will be, very tricky in MMA. Too bad you had to leave it in their hands but that was a nice debut. Post again when you have another fight.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I must admit that I can guess why the two judges gave him round 3.

That first take down was more like a stumble in the end than a clean one and when you were on top of him you couldn't capitalise, but spend quite some time in his choke attempt. After he reversed top-bottom position he was working constantly out of your guard. When in stand-up again, you seem quite out of gas (I don't know how much that impression adds to the opinion in the judges minds) and it looks like he gets you with a decent punch. Your take down afterwards is classy and should have scored for you quite a bit, but unfortunately you just land in his guillotine attempt, which you luckily escape very quick and your positioning is good, but again you're not really able to capitalise.

So overall I think it is a close round and could have gone either way. In that way the split decision is ok and reflects the fight. If it weren't a 10-9 scoring but a 10-1 scoring, that fight would have been yours though withough doubt as round 1 was not close to decide, but clearly dominated by you.

You possibly could have ended the fight in round 1 already. Your opponent was begging not only once to be straight armbarred while you were in the mount.

My advise also, keep your hands higher, both of them. You were lucky twice when he touched you with his kicks to your head that they didn't land properly. Yes, it's easily said to keep the hands high, but hard to implement if someone has already the habbit of having them low, because they don't "feel" low. So as a tip, have yourself filmed as often as possible in training/sparring to help yourself really mentally comprehend where you have your hands so you can adjust. You may try to get the habbit of regularly pinch your cheeks between thumb and index to keep your hand position in mind.

Generally, I think you should pay more attention to protect your head. At least I had the impression that on your take down rush ins you were a bit vulnerable to possible knee kicks and you ended up in guillotine attemps several times.

But overall it was a good performance, more versatile than some of the "known names".
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:11 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Also: the spinning backfist into side control is some sick stuff! And that second takedown in the 3rd. I actually said "BAM!" in my head when you slammed him!
Yeah that backfist was brutal.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Excellent fight, Iid have to agree with the others, definatly a win for you. This promotion actually seems quite good, do they have an official youtube channel or website?
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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You killed the first, he won the second, the third was tough... I personally thought that you won it because of your two takedowns + mean elbows from side control. Though his sweep was pretty sweet, he didn't do anything significant from the top.

It was awesome how you baited him to get that second takedown! And the spinning backfist that dropped him -- beautiful!

I think that you need to do a video tutorial on how you do your backfist guard pass! That move is AWESOME and I really want to try it (but, you know, with some guidance)!
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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thanks dudes....i dont have a computer right now, hence my not being active on the boards anymore but my girlfriend is moving in this weekend and she has a computer so i will be back posting with a vengeance lol. fighting feb 25th and march 11th. i will post the vids as always. thanks for the criticism and compliments guys, i take it all into account.
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