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post #121 of 123 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by michelangelo View Post
Those are fun fights for the spectator, but threaten the long term health of the fighters. The first thing Rich stated after the fight was that he couldn't remember 3/5 of the fight. He only recalled his corner telling him it was the start of the fifth round. A surprise to Rich, as he could only recall events up to the end of the 1st.

MMA has a remarkable track record for safe-guarding the welfare of it's fighters, while still providing some of the most dynamic action in all of combat sports. I don't want to see that balance change.
yeah however i am not as much worried about the entertainment to the fans (I couldn't give a sh** less about that when it comes to fighter safety) as much as giving the fighter a chance to comeback and win. Its a balancing act between fighter safety and giving the guy a chance to recover. I must say I don't envy the reff but in this situation I think he made the right call.

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post #122 of 123 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 01:31 AM
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What sucks is that we may not know whether or not these stoppages were too late until 10 or 20 years down the road. My impression at this point however, is that MMMA competition is indeed the most tightly and best regulated of all combat sports, by a very noticeable margin.

The good news is that guys who have been in serious battles, guys like Couture and Liddell, and Rich himself, seem not only to be doing ok, but are sharp as tacks. With the exception of Liddell perhaps, whose indulgence in drugs of every kind is well documented, and is a major complicating factor.

Having said that, there's really no need to keep pushing the envelope the way that officials like Azzagatti, Yamasaki and Herb Dean all have, to a greater or lesser degree.

And yeah, a 'W' and the extra G's this affords a fighter are important. But there's nothing more important than long term health. MMA's track record given the circumstances is outstanding. Let's keep it that way.
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post #123 of 123 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Budhisten View Post
Catchweight bout: 190 pounds
Main event - Five round fight

Damn. My heart is torn between these two fighters but I gotta support my boy Wandy!
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