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Old 07-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Oh man a rematch against Condit would be sublime! Condit is bad ass. He should have just taken it against Nick. It was GJ's doing for that match up. Condit took Hendricks best shot and kept on ticking. That fight should have been a five rounder.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Rory wasn't bad, but he didn't look good or better, Jake just looked lost and bad.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Ellenberger did absolutely nothing, I saw the fight live and he was swinging and missing... Rory wasn't running either.. He used distance and those jabs were backing Ellenberger up. With the quiet lulls of the crowd between the boo's you could hear the snap of that hard jab and how it was breaking Ellenberger... Good for rory not to rush in like a rookie and stick to his game plan..didnt fall for the pressure of the boo, the pressure of the Ellenberger trash talk, or the pressure of the title shot..pretty composed for a 24/25 yr old
He didn't run he just never committed to exchanging so he could always get out of the way. If he did what Dana wanted he would have gotten KOed and he knew it. What this fight really showed us is that Hendricks and GSP would both murder him.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm not so upset with Rory as I am with Jake. Rory trains alongside GSP at Tristar under Firas Zahabi. It comes as no surpise to me that he would be willing to play the jab game and keep his distance while continueing to keep that pace so long as his opponent isn't doing anything to make him fight a different fight. Rory played it safe and smart. Could he have done a little more to take advantage of Jakes gun shyness? Perhaps. But he did what was necessary in ensuring the victory. Yes that style of fighting is easy to hate, and I have much more respect for guys like Mighty Mouse, who went ahead and finished the fight when he was CLEARLY ahead on the score cards. But the way Rory fought was the most intellegent way to fight someone like Jake. Hate Rory all you want, but you have to respect the skill and discipline it takes to be able to do that, whether it's exciting or not.

Jakes approach was what upset me the most. All the things and trash talk and "How Rory didn't deserve that ranking" that he talked, and he goes out there and doesn't try to take it to him. Throwing a couple of haymakers, landing a takedown with a minute left in the third round is really not enough to try and take control of the complexion of a fight IMO. I'm gonna be honest, I expect a more exciting fight. I expected to see that if Rory was going to play the jab game, Jake was going to get in his face, give him no room to breath, and try to either impose his will wrestling wise, or try to finish. I'm not sure what he's afraid of. It's not like Rory's known for having huge power. While he did come out with more steam in the third round, he should've done that earlier in the fight as soon as he saw things weren't going his way.

I had a gut feeling that Jake underestimating of Rory would probably come back to haunt him.
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That's because he wants to profit from working with GSP until he gets to fight him. He wouldn't be fighting at 170 if he wasn't planning on fighting GSP at some point.
This or there is a chance that Rory moves to 185 in the future....hes a fairly big WW to begin with and at 24 could fill out that big frame quite easily.

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Funny what GSP can get by with due to his charisma and following. Rory tries it and gets chastised by Dana.

It can be equally argued that if GSP is such a top fighter why isn't he putting anyone away?

Dana disparity ftw....
GSP constantly sells 700,000 + PPV's....DW dont give a flying f*ck if he's doing cartwheels in there aslong as he continues with those numbers.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The whole fight sucked. Jake didn't do anything, Rory didn't capitalize on Jake not doing anything, it was two guys in there trying their very best to not lose.
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Rory is not going to beat Condit.....never happen.
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Rory is not going to beat Condit.....never happen.
Depends which Condit shows up, the Diaz fight, Gsp fight or Hendricks fight,

Rory isn't going to chase him around the cage and get out-pointed by leg kicks and "spinning shit"

Rory isn't going to gas... This fight needs to finally happen and hopefully Condit beats Kampmann so we can see it on Ufc 167.

Rory is a composed fighter and am glad the Condit fight got delayed from 158, Rory was emotional after the Bj fight and likely would have carried that emotion into 158, he just faced a guy who was disrespectful and got shut down/broken by a great jab and gameplan
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Rory is not going to beat Condit.....never happen.
as long as it is a 5 rounder then yes i agree with you.. Rory may have some success with his jab and technical striking early in the bout and possibly even score some points with his takedowns.. but NBK will figure him out eventually and likely finish rory again, the dude is just a slow starter.. plus we have never seen rory fight in a 5 rounder let alone at the pace condit can push..
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Rory didn't look bad, but I think after Kampann Vs. Condit, the winner should fight him next. I honestly think Carlos would hurt him worse in the rematch and finish, although this depends how his wrestling training is going.
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