Originally Posted by JawShattera
smith vs. leben would be throwing smith to the wolves and wasting him in my opinion. Leben is one tuff muther, smith needs a couple fights before he goes up against someone like that.
While I'm not saying that Smith is not capable of beating Leben, I am saying that it's too early to say that he should be fighting him.
First off, I thought that was one of the best fights in a LONG time and for that matter, it could be the best finish I have ever seen. Now with that said...
Sell did nothing to try and take the fight to where he had the advantage. He was evenly matched standing but had the upper hand on the ground.
I don't think that the next fight for Smith will be anything like that fight. You have to remember that when two people know each other that well, it makes for a comfort level that you won't get in other fights.
And last of all it was a freak strike that won the fight for him. Nothing personal but that body shot should have finished it. It was over if not for that Hail Mary he threw.
Once again, I'm not knocking Smith. I will put that as the best finish I've seen, at least off the top of my head. And I do think that the fight was good enough to carry both fighters in the UFC for a while. I just think that it's too early to start with the Smith nut hugging.
This is a "praise the fight and not the fighter" moment. He needs more of these try and live up to the hype.