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Old 10-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #61 (permalink)
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I'd say he still has a ton of potential and just got introduced to the upper echelon of the division.

Not the first contender Fitch derailed.....likely not the last. Gas tank could use a little work; but Fitch is not a cardio friendly match up for anyone. (Not that GSP is...)

Give him a few more fights before you disregard him a future champ. 28 is not too old to improve.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:51 AM   #62 (permalink)
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No excuses, Fitch was clearly the better man. Erick will be back.

If Erick had won i'd be close to $5000 richer than I am right now.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:08 AM   #63 (permalink)
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IF Silva is smart, he'll use this loss to show him the things he needs to work on and come back stronger.

IMO he took Fitch too lightly and paid the price.
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IF Silva is smart, he'll use this loss to show him the things he needs to work on and come back stronger.

IMO he took Fitch too lightly and paid the price.
The more I think about this fight, the more I think this was just a terrible stylistic match up for Silva.

At first the commentary got the better of me, and I was thinking he just didn't respect Fitch.

Re-watching the fight, and previous ones, there weren't many ways Silva won this.

Alves vs. Fitch - striking defense
GSP vs. Fitch - cardio and ability to absorb damage (heart)
Penn vs. Fitch - taking the back will not lead to a sub (relentless work from guard)

Outside of the flash KO and GSP mauling, Fitch is just too much for most WWs and has the record to prove it.

His ability to control where the fight takes place and insane cardio mixed with amazing sub defense and wrestling background just don't match up well to...hell...anyone not named GSP.

We saw Silva land heavy strikes and take dominate positions (RNC should have sealed the deal) to virtually no effect. Fitch never let up and stayed with the game-plan.

Silva may be able to best Fitch in a future re-match, but he will be more successful against the rest of the division.

Instead of thinking Silva didn't respect Fitch enough, I'm left wondering if it was the fans who didn't instead. :/
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FINALLY an exciting fight from Jon Fitch! And someone please tell me how that 3rd round was not a 10/8? The fight could have been stopped and most likely would have if it wasn't in Brazil. It seems to me that the refs were letting the Brazilian fighters hang in there longer than usual.
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FINALLY an exciting fight from Jon Fitch! And someone please tell me how that 3rd round was not a 10/8? The fight could have been stopped and most likely would have if it wasn't in Brazil. It seems to me that the refs were letting the Brazilian fighters hang in there longer than usual.
It should have been stopped, I agree it probably would have been if it weren't in Brazil. Silva had clearly given up by the end of the fight, and there were a couple times he was obviously not defending himself intelligently. Fitch just mauled him.

I guess that will put an end to this 'Erick could beat GSP' lollerskates.
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FINALLY an exciting fight from Jon Fitch! And someone please tell me how that 3rd round was not a 10/8? The fight could have been stopped and most likely would have if it wasn't in Brazil. It seems to me that the refs were letting the Brazilian fighters hang in there longer than usual.
I agree with all of this, but is there really that big a difference between a 29/28 score and a 30/26 score? At the end of the day a UD is a UD. And I'm OK with the fight not being stopped. It wasn't that different to the end of Rua vs Henderson.
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FINALLY an exciting fight from Jon Fitch! And someone please tell me how that 3rd round was not a 10/8? The fight could have been stopped and most likely would have if it wasn't in Brazil. It seems to me that the refs were letting the Brazilian fighters hang in there longer than usual.
It wasn't. Silva didn't get knocked down, nor was he really wobbly. Fitch dominated most of the round and the mount was good, but it wasn't necessarily 10-8 worthy. Silva got out from under the mount due to his own effort, so it was right to not stop the fight. Fitch just didn't do any real damage.
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No excuses, Fitch was clearly the better man. Erick will be back.

If Erick had won i'd be close to $5000 richer than I am right now.
Haha i'm only joking man, just saw the comment after. How did you see Silva winning the fight? After watching over, I felt his takedown defence was quite bad in the Brenneman fight and although he could shoot back up, I thought he'd be held down by Fitch (as he was). I didnt know that Fitch had at good sub defence, so I had a possible win for Silva there. Really, he was always losing the scorecards in my books. He could only land a big shot or catch a sub to win it to me (despite most thinking he was heading for a big win and title challenge).
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