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Old 11-22-2006, 04:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Matt Hughes Loss

My analysis of the Matt Hughes / GSP fight is that he lost because he didn't stick with his strengths, the ground game, and instead tried strike, his weakest attribute, against GSP whose strongest assett is his striking.

The odd thing is that I think Matt went into this fight planning on trying to stand up with him and knocking him out. I think he got to cocky in a sense and didn't want to revert back to what he is known for, his ground game.

In the pre-fight interviews he talks about how he wants to knock him out. Also, during the fight you can hear the commentaors saying how when Matt gets an armlock around someone, he usually takes them down, but GSP got out of it. I think that was not because he couldn't take GSP down, but mentally he said I don't want to go to the ground, and stopped himself from taking him down. You could see when he was doing that the power and will to take him down just wasn't there.

Like I said, it's odd, but I think Matt was predetermined to beat him standing up, instead of just beating him however he could.

I like Matt Hughest a lot, however, during the recent UFC unleashed Hughes special, I was surprised to see that in almost all of the fights they showed he was losing / getting dominated, but always managed to pull out the win. Now, I'm not saying it's luck he happen to come back in all of those fights. The main question I have, is, why does Dana White always say he's the "most dominant fighter of all times"? (Also, I'm not an English major, but isn't it of all time, not all times?)

I think if Matt would have gone back to his roots he would have won. Hopefully we'll see him and Rich Franklin come back on top.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My analysis of the Matt Hughes / GSP fight is that he lost because he didn't stick with his strengths, the ground game, and instead tried strike, his weakest attribute, against GSP whose strongest assett is his striking.

The odd thing is that I think Matt went into this fight planning on trying to stand up with him and knocking him out. I think he got to cocky in a sense and didn't want to revert back to what he is known for, his ground game.

In the pre-fight interviews he talks about how he wants to knock him out. Also, during the fight you can hear the commentaors saying how when Matt gets an armlock around someone, he usually takes them down, but GSP got out of it. I think that was not because he couldn't take GSP down, but mentally he said I don't want to go to the ground, and stopped himself from taking him down. You could see when he was doing that the power and will to take him down just wasn't there.

Like I said, it's odd, but I think Matt was predetermined to beat him standing up, instead of just beating him however he could.

I like Matt Hughest a lot, however, during the recent UFC unleashed Hughes special, I was surprised to see that in almost all of the fights they showed he was losing / getting dominated, but always managed to pull out the win. Now, I'm not saying it's luck he happen to come back in all of those fights. The main question I have, is, why does Dana White always say he's the "most dominant fighter of all times"? (Also, I'm not an English major, but isn't it of all time, not all times?)

I think if Matt would have gone back to his roots he would have won. Hopefully we'll see him and Rich Franklin come back on top.
Matt CAN'T take St.Pierre, it's not that he wanted to KO him. Every fighter goes, "I'll be looking to knock him out," even though they're game is JJ. When you see them get into the octagon do they go for the KO if they said they were? No.Also, if Babalu didn't chase Chuck around the ring and went to his roots he would have won too! NOT! GSP was on top of his game, sorry dude, but your man Matt lost to the better fighter and I don't see him beating GSP ever again.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm a huge Matt Hughes fan and I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon that is GSP but I will say GSP was the better fighter that night. IMO, Hughes is still a more dominate fighter than GSP, give GSP more time and he could be just as good if not better. If or when they fight again, I expect Hughes to beat GSP. Congradulations to GSP on his victory but don't get too attached to that belt.
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I actually like GSP as well. I don't like one more than the other. It was just my analysis of why Hughes lost.

However, I'd have to say that if they fought again and Hugest game plan was to take it to the ground, I think he would win without a doubt. It's already been proven that he isn't that dominant in the stand up. However, if his gameplan is again to stand up with him, I think he'll lose again.

Main points are I don't understand how he is the most dominant fighter of all time, and I think he simply lost because he thought he could stand up and that is what he did, instead of taking it to the ground.

I like GSP a lot though. I think the future of the UFC is mainly strikers like GSP that are constantly moving side to side angling in and out that have great striking, but are also well rounded and are very good on the ground as well. Rather than a wrestler being great on the ground, and learning stand up, they will just never be as good.
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