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Old 06-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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When the idea was first proposed I was actually opposed to it. But after talking with some friends I think this idea has quite a bit of good and very little bad.

I think this system will give guys with years worth of cardio (Diaz brothers, Guida, Edgar, Fitch, etc) a boost as these guys usually look better in the 3rd round than they do in the first.

I think it gives strikers a better chance against wrestlers. If Kos had gassed himself trying to hold down Daley then his TD's would be easier to defend and Daley could have tried to finish it with his fists. (An example, I think this fight could have gone 100 rounds and it would have been the same result.)

I think it forces guys like Rampage, T.Alves, BJ Penn, etc, to have better cardio.

One of the big cons for me, and it has been pointed out, is that it kind of blurs guys records. Fighter A fights in 8 fights, 4 of them are main events thus 5 rounds, he finishes all 4 of them in the 4th or 5th round. Fighter B fights in 8 fights, all 3 rounders, goes to 8 decisions. Assume they are the same caliber fighter fighting same caliber opponents. Chances are Fighter A gets the bigger fights or championship fight and gets known as a 'finisher' while Fighter B gets known as a guy who always goes to decision. There records are only comparable in the sense that 'as of 3 rounds all 16 fights were decision fights'. It doesn't make for a compelling argument.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Pro's

5 rounds really do prove who the better fighter is.

An exciting fight will now be on for longer.

Possibility of more finishes.

could be used a preparation for a 5 round title fight instead of jumping straight in their when the title fight comes around.

Con's

Could be 5 rounds of snoozefest ?( then again that applies to 3 rounds so depends how you look at it. )

Fighters who dont have good cardio may pace themselves thus leading to slower fights.
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Here's my thoughts on the whole five round on title fight. I think Title fights should stand out from all other fights, but at the same time I understand that when people pay for a PPV and the main event is lackluster it makes people angry or discourages another buy when no title fight is present.

I've seen people say add a sudden victory round after three for main events, but this would change almost nothing, because a split decision is still a decision and despite the couple we've had recently draws are rare.

Also, since I think title fights should be longer, that means going to possibly a seven round title fight, which I'm not too interested in.

I say main event, non-title fights should be four rounds, that way we don't need to sit through an extra round of two guys who have no business going five rounds shuffling around the cage exhausted and gasping for life. But in the event of a close fight we get more rounds. Also, with four rounds a 10-8 doesn't all but end your chances of going home with a draw or loss.

At this point, if you've kept reading I'm assuming you're saying "well then there will be draws like crazy and you cause more of a problem." Here I say pull it from K1. Sudden victory round in the event of a draw in a four round fight.

This way there is no chance it's a five round snoozefest of one guy laying on someone for five rounds as it's over after four in that case. But if there is a close fight and someone came on strong late, you get that extra round.

Another things, this bullshit about just make it four rounds it will make guys try to finish the fight is garbage. Everyone is trying to finish at all times, but when you fight some of the best in the world, guess what it's pretty hard to finish those guys. All making it only four rounds does is cause even more problems. Four rounds requires a sudden victory round in the event of a draw. I'd rather not see twenty non-title fights in a row go to draws.
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The thought of seeing Jon Fitch in a 5 round fight makes me die a little inside. Although overall I'm going to accept the 5 round fights, it shows that the sport is developing if anything.
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The thought of seeing Jon Fitch in a 5 round fight makes me die a little inside. Although overall I'm going to accept the 5 round fights, it shows that the sport is developing if anything.
Why ? because he will expose one dimensional fighters who can't stop his TD's ?
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Why ? because he will expose one dimensional fighters who can't stop his TD's ?
Thank you. It's not Fitch's fault that he exposes and exploits others weakness (which happens to be wrestling). I love watching Fitch fight.
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Thank you. It's not Fitch's fault that he exposes and exploits others weakness (which happens to be wrestling). I love watching Fitch fight.
Its no different from someone who is just a pure striker except Fitch is actually very good at what he does.

I also enjoy his fights.
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Think about how many times Fitch will get placed in a main event.
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If two fighters are headlining an event in a non title fight that means they are (very) popular fighters and hence I can see no problems about a 5 round fight.

the Jon Fitch argument does not hold. A three round fight with him in it is 2 rounds too long!

One springs to mind is the Rampage Evens fight. A 5 rounder would have menat a TKO I think. Lets face it that's what we want to see!
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