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Old 03-26-2013, 06:35 PM   #51 (permalink)
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You'll have to explain what you mean here. Other than a slip on the mat Machida won every minute of that and on any knowledgable scorecard won all three rounds.


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Not necessarily, aggression is one of the scoring criteria, and there wasn't much effective striking to speak of in that "fight" from either fighter.

I wouldn't have been surprised at all if he lost the decision.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:36 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Machida spent damn near 11-12 minutes total backing away from Dan Henderson. What frustrated the hell out of me was that Dan Henderson left so many openings that Machida could have countered easily. Instead he chose to back away. He took Henderson down easily from the clinch, it was a pretty neat trip and his GnP looked solid at the end of the first round. I just don't understand why he chose to spend the majority of the contest backing away and neglecting to take clear opportunities. He damn near lost that fight because he spent so much time being inactive. Playing the points game is fine but you don't get points for not engaging in some way. Punches thrown should count over no punches thrown at all.

Machida won't be afforded the same luxury against Jones that he had against Henderson. Henderson is a legend and a great fighter but he relies essentially on his iron jaw and nuclear hands. Everything else about his game has stagnated or even regressed. Jones is the total package and he will probably neutralize Machida's speed and drag him to the mat before delivering some elbows from hell.
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:50 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Machida spent damn near 11-12 minutes total backing away from Dan Henderson. What frustrated the hell out of me was that Dan Henderson left so many openings that Machida could have countered easily. Instead he chose to back away. He took Henderson down easily from the clinch, it was a pretty neat trip and his GnP looked solid at the end of the first round. I just don't understand why he chose to spend the majority of the contest backing away and neglecting to take clear opportunities. He damn near lost that fight because he spent so much time being inactive. Playing the points game is fine but you don't get points for not engaging in some way. Punches thrown should count over no punches thrown at all.

Machida won't be afforded the same luxury against Jones that he had against Henderson. Henderson is a legend and a great fighter but he relies essentially on his iron jaw and nuclear hands. Everything else about his game has stagnated or even regressed. Jones is the total package and he will probably neutralize Machida's speed and drag him to the mat before delivering some elbows from hell.
Machida still struggles against his defensive Karate DNA. It's crystal clear. He already addressed he would be more aggresive in the future as he aknowledged ppls criticism, but he still fights back paddling as avoid confrontation is his martial art main philosophy.
It's amazing, though, he got the belt and keeps himself at elite level with so much restrains.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:29 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Machida still struggles against his defensive Karate DNA. It's crystal clear. He already addressed he would be more aggresive in the future as he aknowledged ppls criticism, but he still fights back paddling as avoid confrontation is his martial art main philosophy.
It's amazing, though, he got the belt and keeps himself at elite level with so much restrains.
I agree.

His first instinct of fighting was to not get hit. And he grew up under that idea. It is hard to change, especially when you still have that style as your base.

People said he would make Dan look old and slow. Which he sort of did. But he didn't clown him. He proved he was quicker and disciplined to do it for the whole fight. We all knew that.
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Machida still struggles against his defensive Karate DNA. It's crystal clear. He already addressed he would be more aggresive in the future as he aknowledged ppls criticism, but he still fights back paddling as avoid confrontation is his martial art main philosophy.
It's amazing, though, he got the belt and keeps himself at elite level with so much restrains.
I sincerely hope he does address it. There's a reason Machida barely edged Henderson on the scorecards even though to an educated MMA fan it was fairly clear Machida won the fight. Hopefully the Machida that showed up against Ryan Bader will come back for a fight against Jones, because I see that version of Machida giving Jones a ton of fits.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:52 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Its possible, I give Machinda a pretty good chance at beating Chael Sonnen.
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This fight will end with someone getting TKOed. Machida will not be able to evade for all five rounds so he knows he will have to engage and face Goliath. Somehow Rashad lasted all five rounds, everyone else got finished within four.

Finish or be finished.
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I don't think there is a chance of him beating Jones.
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This fight will end with someone getting TKOed. Machida will not be able to evade for all five rounds so he knows he will have to engage and face Goliath. Somehow Rashad lasted all five rounds, everyone else got finished within four.

Finish or be finished.
Jones was afraid of Rashad. I said it before the fight they both were scared of one another and weren't going to engage. If I had to guess they had hard rounds at Jackson's and it was all about who was on that day. That's who they went to a decision. Rampage too Jones was afraid or leery and rightfully so of pages power. So it took him some time to get it together and Vitor hurt him badly so he fought with one arm and also didn't look to be in a hurry.

Machida can't stop the gnp and he'll end up on his back again. He'll wilt under it the same way as the first fight.

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