Tito won that decision fair and square. You have to watch it from the judge's POV. To most people, it looked like Forest dominated the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I thought so too at first and I have watched this fight many many times over because I disagreed with the decision at first also. But, in the last two rounds, mostly the 3rd one, Tito was still the aggressor. That's a big part of the judge's score is aggressiveness. Tito was constantly moving forward and pushing the pace and Forest was basically just countering the entire time. Tito landed quite a few punches and jabs and so did Forest but the difference was that Tito was pushing the pace and Forest was being more defensive than offensive. I think they should have gone another 2 rounds myself but what are you gonna do? I think that this was one of the toughest fights to score but I think the judge's actually did a good job because they only watched the fight once, I watched it at least 3 times before I noticed all the stuff that they apparently noticed. Watch it again, it was just on SpikeTV UFC Unleashed. Tito won the first round (obviously), lost the second round due to the many failed takedown attempts and the lack of aggressiveness on his part and Forest landed a lot of clean shots, but the third round, which seems to be the toss-up for most of you, barely went to Tito not just because of the one takedown, but because he landed just as many shots as Forest did, but he was doing it as the aggressor this time.
And while I'm at it I might as well tell you all that Rashad didn't dominate Stephan, IMO. Rashad dominated him if this was high school wrestling but not in a fighting aspect. He took him down a lot, yes, but that doesn't make you a better fighter, it just means that Rashad is stronger than Stephan, and Stephan needs to work on his sprawls. I can definately see why a judge thought that fight was a draw. Rashad inflicted almost no damage whatsoever. That fight should have been stood up so many times. In fact I have watched this fight countless times too and I can tell you for a fact that Rashad took Stephan down 6 times in the whole fight. Ok, 1 of those takedowns got stood back up because it was the end of the round, 1 of those takedowns were good and Rashad maintained a dominant position for a good amount of time, but again, did not inflict any damage, and the other 4 takedowns, yes all 4, Stephan stood back up with Rashad still on top of him. While they were on their feet Stephan was landing shot after shot, and every time Rashad caught one, he winced and instantly went for a takedown for some quality lay-and-pray time. Rashad landed a few shots after he took him down but Stephan landed just as many from his back. So in my opinion, just because Rashad is able to take someone down doesn't make him a better fighter, it just means he is stronger and more athletic. I know I've said all this before but some of you are still saying he dominated Stephan and that Stephan sucks horribly. I think Rashad sucks horribly and I don't think it's fair to just keep tackling somebody time after time after time just to get a decision. Stephan is a far better fighter than Rashad, but Rashad is more explosive and stronger than Stephan. But this isn't tackling competition or a strong man competition, it's a fighting competition and Rashad did not fight that day.
Not saying Stephan is a great fighter, I think Jardine should have got the decision in that fight. I just don't like Rashad I think he goes for the easiest win possible by lay-and-pray and it's very annoying and something should be done in the UFC to stop that from happening...like oh I don't know, maybe....a YELLOW CARD SYSTEM!
Did anybody else think Tito looked liked he was going bald in this fight? I have seen it so many times and something is different about his hair or something in this fight. He looks like he's got gray hair and losing it on top. It's really funny though. I think he just left the bleach in too long and cut it shorter than usual but he looks like an old man. Kind of like the dude from wrestling WWF WWE whatever it is, McMahon is his last name.
Last edited by WouldLuv2FightU; 08-17-2006 at 05:49 PM.