I thought the decision was correct. Jury backed up most of the fight without much of an offense. His take downs at the end were obviously just to score last second points rather than to finish the fight or to make something happen. He even tried it in the third, but Iaquinta managed to shrug him off. I'm not totally against the backing up strategy, but when it looks as ineffective as he made it look, it should easily hurt you on the score cards due to lack of aggression. The only significant strikes he landed were a couple of head kicks which Iaquinta took well, and Jury's leg kick attempts were very lazy in my opinion and the judges were right to score them so poorly. Easy fight to score even if it was close.
Is it just me, or was Larsen kind of a tool for getting in Chiesa's face like that, and then punching his own face?
I get intense stare downs with fighters you don't like, or when you have a rivalry with someone, but against a fighter who you have probably barely talked too in the house and otherwise haven't had a problem with? Kind of dumb, and how Larsen punched his own face after in an attempt to put fear in Chiesa, I just shook my head. Reminded me of a wannabe thug who needs his ego deflated. It was especially dumb considering Chiesa just recently lost his father, if I were set up to fight him shortly after such an event occurred, I would have at least shown my respect before and after the fight.
Maybe Larsen felt insulted knowing Faber and Cruz both think he struggles with wrestlers and how he basically is supposed to be a gimme fight for Chiesa. Kind of insulting sure, but prove them wrong in the octagon. A mean stare down and hitting yourself like an idiot won't fool anybody.
Props to Chiesa for just having a smile throughout the whole thing and just acting silly rather than giving in to Larsen's antics. That being said, I think Chiesa should take this one comfortably.
Psalm 30:5 "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Top 3 Favorite Fighters
1. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Demian Maia