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Old 08-17-2008, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"That wasn't the gameplan" -- Jason MacDonald

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Not the gameplan
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Jason MacDonald

I've asked myself a thousand times since my fight Saturday why I fought Demian Maia on the ground, and I don't have an answer for it. That wasn't the gameplan. We trained that if the fight goes to the ground, that I would work to get into a position to get the fight back up on the feet. And I just didn't do it.

I don't know what went wrong in my head. I don't know what happened and why I chose to fight that fight on the ground. Sure I made the fight exciting and I've gotten lots of positive responses on how well I did on the ground with a guy like Maia. But at the end of the day, he caught me and that's what he does best. I played into this game.

Even as the fight was transpiring on the ground, it wasn't like I was thinking, "Hey, I'm going to win this here." I was in survival mode, I was just defending his attacks. I wasn't fooling myself into thinking I was in control. I was thinking, "I don't know what I'm going to do to get past this."

I do believe I had a couple of opportunities where I thought I might catch him with a submission. Even the UFC staff was telling me that up until GSP-Fitch, mine could have been fight of the night. But that's to no avail because I lost. In the end, I lost a fight I should have won had I listened to my corner and executed my gameplan.

I don't know what happened in my head where I wasn't listening to my corner. I heard what Josh Russell and Mark Pavelich were saying. I could recite everything they were telling me between rounds, and even as the fight was transpiring, I was hearing the instructions from my corner. But once I was on the ground it was no longer about the gameplan. It was too late now, Josh is giving me instruction on how to survive the submission attempts.

And I did a good job of that for the most part. I never felt like when he had the triangle or the rear naked choke that he was close to finishing me. The second submission attempt I knew it was at the end of the round and I could defend it long enough to last until the bell.

And the couple of times when I did do what I was supposed to, it was working. When I threw punches, they were connecting. But for some reason I kept going back to the ground. And I just don't know why right now.

Going into the fight, I felt good. The weight cut was fine. I had lots of rest. I was relaxed, I had a great warmup. At the announcement of my name, I said to myself, "I'm going to knock him out." And then the bell goes it was all messed up after that.

It was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid fight on my behalf. And I take the full blame 100 per cent for it. I'll take it right on the forehead like I took those hundred elbows from Maia.

And that's that. I'm pretty disappointed because Maia was beatable if I had held that fight standing up. And I paid the price for not doing it.

You don't think you'd make a mistake like what I did so late in you're career, but I'll have to find a way not to make that mistake again.

I didn't get to see the two fights following mine, since I was getting stitched up. I missed the Florian fight (though I did predict that one correctly.)

Lesnar, I think he showed us that if you give him some time to develop as a fighter and get experience and he'll be a force in the heavyweight division. He faced Heath Herring who was in shape and he bulldozed right over him, basically dominated him from bell to bell.

And GSP-Fitch, that went pretty much as I predicted. Either go give rounds or finish in the fifth. Georges looked great. He's going to be a champion I think for a long time. But we saw that Fitch gave him everything he could handle last night. I didn't think Georges would be able to put him away. Georges gave him a savage beating and Fitch kept coming back like he was possessed. It was a pretty exciting way to cap off the night. It was pretty impressive.

Now I've got eight stitches and I'm a little banged up, so I'm going to take the week off. Hopefully, the UFC will get me right back in there. People enjoyed the fight but I lost. When you lose, the best way to overcome it is to get right back in the cage and get right back on track. So I hope for a shot at redemption right away.
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Whatever you say Jason, it's like he's giving himself indirect praises while trying to sound humble, just annoys me. good fight though.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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He didn't get up because he wasn't able to Maia was controlling him to well. MacDonald had no way to win that fight, he was even losing the standup from what I remember, but I should probably watch the fight again.
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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At elast he realised he screwed up. As I recall he took it the ground as often as Maia did. That fight should have been FOTN though. Can't see why GSP Fitch got that.
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Old 08-17-2008, 05:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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He didn't get up because he wasn't able to Maia was controlling him to well. MacDonald had no way to win that fight, he was even losing the standup from what I remember, but I should probably watch the fight again.
Maia was winning the standup, he looked pretty good in the standup department, using the knees efficiently (that's from Wandi's training im sure) and he also rocked Macdonald with a punch

All up an incredibly awesome performance by Maia, but the most impressive part on Macdonald's part was when he had both hooks and Maia's back, i was gettn a tad worried
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Maia was winning the standup, he looked pretty good in the standup department, using the knees efficiently (that's from Wandi's training im sure) and he also rocked Macdonald with a punch

All up an incredibly awesome performance by Maia, but the most impressive part on Macdonald's part was when he had both hooks and Maia's back, i was gettn a tad worried
Yeah me too, but then I thought to myself "hey, It's MAIA!" and sure enough he got out

But I hate it when people excuse themselves with "that was not the gameplan". It's like saying "I'm an idiot for not following the gameplan but I would have beat him if I did".
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I hated MacDonald before this fight but my respect goes out to him in a big way after this one. Maia was a machine and MacDonald did everything he could do to resist being broken, until the better fighter simply imposed his will and took it in the end. Hats off to both the fighters and best of luck in your next fights!
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've never liked Jason MacDonald, but I certainly respect him for fighting into Maia's advantage. Maia controlled the entire tempo of the fight, which was one of the best ground wars I've ever seen in the UFC.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It was valiant that MacDonald wasn't intimidated of Maia's ground game...but it was 100% the wrong decision. MacDonald had an 8" reach advantage for crying out loud, on the feet he would have won, guaranteed.

He was brave...but foolish.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Great read rep+, he tried but lost, this loss will make him a better fighter for sure.
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