Just curious as to how people are impressed with Kimbo last night; please don't tell me it is because Company Man Joe Blogan said so? I am getting really tired of Joe's innate ability to use rhetoric and inflection in his voice to influence people's thoughts.
The reality is that Kimbo and Houston looked horrible. Houston dropped his left hand with every lame leg kick he threw in which Bimbo could have countered with an overhand right. Kimbo is WAY too muscled to have any kind of fluid hand movement and speed. He does NOT move his head at all. He did a horrible job cutting off the cage and allowing houston to circle excessively without getting off any counters. Kimbo did not know what to do on the ground. Just because he got a good slam (strength) does not make a good ground fighter. He did not set up anything significant on the ground. Kimbo would get murdered by any fighter with decent head movement and handspeed.
Kimbo was gunshy because it's his first fight in the UFC and he didn't want to get knocked out? I'm more impressed that Kimbo didn't get drawn into a slugfest with Houston like Houston was obviously trying to bait him into. Kimbokept his patience and his head. Kimbo does move his head usually, you can see it in all his older fights, but he didn't in this one because all Houston was doing was throwing kicks.
Kimbo didn't know what to do on the ground? You mean aside from getting mount twice,the kimura attempt, the choke attempt and almost pounding Alexander out? please. It has nothing to do with Rogan that I was impressed with Kimbo, it has everything to do with his advancement in his knowledge of the game. Sure he was far from being spot on technical, but it's a hell of a lot better than what he was doing before. Also, that slam was set up pretty well and wasn't all strength. Watch it again, Kimbo totally uses correct technique with it too. Drops his hips under Houstons, lifts with his legs, rotates and dumps him. Much more than just brute strength.
Kimbo got knocked down on a weak leg kick...and layed there for 2 seconds before getting up. Both fighters did not close the show when the final 30 seconds were being counted. They stood there and when the bell rang, both fighters gassed out and put bent down to catch their out of shape breath. They were EXHAUSTED like fighters that would...you know...actually have fought intensely for 3 rounds.
Kimbo also has arthritis and no cartilage in that knee. He's got bone on bone action in his knee right now, that's extremely painful to get kicked in. Kimbo has also never cut weight before. Remember, he fought at HW, so this was a new game for him. If there's been one good thing about Kimbo it's that he's had decent cardio. He might not have the cardio of Diego Sanchez, but he's usually not THAT gassed after a fight. I think the weight cut had quite an effect on him.
The reason Bimbo won; in case anyone doesn't know, is because he is a draw for the UFC. He was one of the worst on the show yet was the main advertisement for the entire season. Of course he got the decision because he is going to bring in the rest of the fans that exist that still think he is some big scary Mr. T looking fighter.
Kimbo won that fight because he won that fight. The UFC has nothing to do with the decisions from the judges, they're picked by the NSAC, not the UFC. And there's also no way in hell you can tell me Houston won that fight.
Absolutely horrible fight and Company Man Blogan sure knew how to sell this for Daddy Dana.
That is his job... if you think he's biased then don't listen to him. His bias is obviously influencing your bias because there's no way in hell Houston won that fight anyways. Kimbo was impressive because of how far he's come as a fighter, not because Rogan said so.