Why do people say FOTY? It wasn't even FOTN.
The only part of the fight that was really technical was the ground game. Benavidez' striking is not that good. He wings big shots that look more impressive because they are quick. The technique and timing is completely lacking. MM has quick, technical striking but no real timing or power. Both are missing 2 of the 4 required elements for effective striking.
The ground game was a different story. The scrambles were well done but looked better because they were faster than what people are used to seeing. But that's really it. All they had on the ground were the scrambles. The one real submission attempt wasn't even close to being locked in.
I just don't see why anyone found this fight to be amazing.
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