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Old 12-09-2012, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did Rory go easy

I'm just curious if anyone may have had the same feeling I had towards the end of the fight. Rory was clearly handling Penn, and at times Penn was offering up ZERO offence. Then we repeatedly see Rory clinching Penn and chilling out against the cage.

Personally I was wondering to myself wtf was going on with that. Now obviously this is just a suspicion so don't jump all over me, id just love to know what you guys think?
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I thought Rory was pacing himself.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure what it was - Rory being cautious, pacing himself, trying to make BJ absorb as much damage as possible... but it certainly looked like he could have ended it in the 2nd.

The look on BJs face after some of those liver shots in the 2nd was just disgusting, not sure how he didn't drop to the ground, or why Rory didn't pounce on him at that point. He could have swarmed him and finished him no problem I thought.


Probably has more to do with him training with GSP and at Tristar. No reason for Rory to go for broke when he's dominating the fight, and risk getting flash KOed while jumping ontop of BJ.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It looked like once Rory seen how badly hurt Penn was in the second his took his foot off the gas.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The look on BJs face after some of those liver shots in the 2nd was just disgusting, not sure how he didn't drop to the ground, or why Rory didn't pounce on him at that point. He could have swarmed him and finished him no problem I thought.
Yea its one thing to pace yourself, but BJ was a dead man standing at some points.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think he absolutely could have finished him if he wanted to. Midway through the 2nd after those body shots the fight was over, which, to me, means one of two things.

Rory went easy on him, or, even worse, refused to finish him because in his head he wanted to embarrass Penn as much as possible (I present exhibit A. The Ali shuffle and JJ Jr impressions), or hurt him as much as possible.

It's his eyes, man. His mouth smiles, but those eyes do not.
They're cold and dead.

(okay I may have gone a bit far with that one)
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I definitely think Rory took it easy on BJ. By the end it was clear he could finish BJ... and I think he actually took pity on him. After the fight Rory said how to BJ was his hero. Who wants to embarrass their hero?
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It's his eyes, man. His mouth smiles, but those eyes do not.
They're cold and dead.

(okay I may have gone a bit far with that one)
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Damn, I just read the play by play for this one but I'll actually watch the fight now.
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Well in the post fight you could see his right hand was red and swollen, I think he was afraid of breaking it.

Also BJ is a tough out and he was avoiding that counter right.

And finally he was playing with BJ because the God of War does not want the war to end.
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