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Old 03-04-2007, 05:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did anyone else noticed that during the Couture fight when Big John stood them up people started to boo? Normally when that happens people would applaud because they will get to see some striker action. But in this fight people were booing when the fight was being stood up. Did anybody else find that strange?
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not strange at all considering the entire crowd was pro-Randy, and we all know if we wanted to see Randy win, it would have to stay on the ground. Hence, the booing when it got stood up.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It was one of those rare fights where watching somebody maintain dominant position was pretty enjoyable. The difference between a lay-and-pray fighter and guys like Couture, Hughes, GSP., etc., is that they get their opponent down, work to improve their position, then try and finish. They aren't satisfied with being on top and dropping little hammer fists and glancing punches. They don't want to go to decision if they can help it.

There were only a few points in the fight where Randy couldn't get past Tim's huge legs and I thought Big John did a good job of standing them up when that was the case.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hughes goes on to the Lay and Prey list after that pathetic round 3. UFC could be so much more exciting if wins and loses didn't really matter, its how exciting the fighter was. a fight where noone has anything to lose would stop the lay and prayers from doing what they do best and thats grinding out a decision out of fear of making a mistake and getting caught.

I was very impressed with the crowd last night, seemed fairly knowledgeable compared to the vegas crowd.
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A good crowd, although I did hear a few chants of "stand them up" or "on your feet" afew times in the night.

to be expected though. I wish the stood the hughes fight up a few times.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not cheering for the ground game, cheering for randy to win this fight. This was the only time in the whole event(or even in almost all the ufcs) that somebody into guard doesnt get booed.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not cheering for the ground game, cheering for randy to win this fight. This was the only time in the whole event(or even in almost all the ufcs) that somebody into guard doesnt get booed.
even if it was total bias, its a start
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The rookie ref let Hughes dry hump Lytle during the 3rd round.

He should have stood them up! The fight was boring, I was disappointed that Hughes could not finish. He came close, but close does not cut it.
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The rookie ref let Hughes dry hump Lytle during the 3rd round.

He should have stood them up! The fight was boring, I was disappointed that Hughes could not finish. He came close, but close does not cut it.
yeah, hughes didn't seem that explosive at all, as if he was thinking too much during the fight? or concentrating on positioning more than on doing damage?
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hughes was constantly trying to improve his position and put lyte in the his "cout de gra" position (when he traps both hands and pounds the guy out aka bj ben and carlos newton). Lyte was fighting to survive, and when that happens you can not open up the guard if the guy is decent. So matt hughes knowing this went for his finisher, i agree a boring fight but matt hughes was looking for a finish almost the entire fight. And that is totaly different than lay an gay.
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