Na, that was just the natural rolling maneuver. He would of done that no matter what Sonnen followed up with.
As a fan urself you know how Anderson's reflexes are. It's definitely spider like.
- catches James Irvin's FIRST leg kick and knocks him out
- almost does the same thing against Forrest. If you watch that fight the way I did 23 times you'll see he blocks BEFORE Griffin launches an attack or moves out of the way before anything. It was insane man.
- In the Patrick Cote fight he showed a lot of great reflexes. Cote tried the takedown and Anderson pirouetted out of the way. They clinched, as they separated Cote tried nailing him with a right hook which Anderson moved out of.
- Vitor fight probably showed his reflex at the highest level. People don't even realize how many times Vitor could have ended it.
a.) Vitor draws first blood and Anderson moves inches away from that vaunted left right that Vitor does before he goes on the blitz.
b.) as they circle Anderson attempts a round house where Vitor ducks, takes Anderson down...in MID AIR he swings a left cross that Anderson miraculously ducks...in mid air
. Once they hit the ground Vitor swings again with a right cross where Anderson moves out of the way. Then he scrambles back on the feet.
c.) Crowd cheering, both kick each other...Vitor launches one last left + right combo where Anderson clearly dodges it. Not even close. THAT'S when Vitor broke.
Anderson saw the spinning movement from Chael before it even happened.
Against Weidman he "was" doing the same, but he played too much and got rocked on multiple occasions even before he got knocked out. The reach of Weidman, multiple combinations, threw em off guard. I'm very curious to see a game Anderson in the rematch w/o any goading.
Otherwise I do agree that once a move is studied it becomes standard and easier to defend against. Now it's all about the inverted jellyfish guard...haha!