I kind of agree with Mr. Roflcopter over here. I looked up Lawrence's record and I was kind of surprised. I missed his record on the show, but I figured it must have been impressive for the hype he's been getting. He's undefeated, but his record is only 3-0 with one submission and 2 decision wins. The kid has a lack of experience and people are kind of putting this hype around him over ONE round where he looked great. Many fighters in the past have looked phenomenal for ONE round. I don't need to mention any names, but these are guys who have looked unstoppable in a round, and then went on to be a bust. Don't get me wrong, the hype could potentially be real, but it's way too early to be convinced.
I think we all can agree that Marcello is probably light years ahead in BJJ. If he puts the much less experienced Lawrence on his back, he will undoubtedly be in some trouble. I think that Marcello's experience and BJJ should help him a lot in this fight.
I'm guessing Cruz picked this fight because he feels that Lawrence is well rounded while Marcello may be one dimensional. It's a risky strategy, but it is smart in a way. He's trying to take out one of Faber's best guys early with a more well rounded guy that may be able to keep the fight standing. I expect him to train take down defense a lot for this fight.
It bothers me a little seeing Cruz ask Faber who he wanted Lawrence to fight, like he had so much faith in a guy with only 3 professional fights and having two go the distance. Then you see Lawrence with a smile, this kid knows he's the favorite to win in a lot of peoples eyes. If that goes to his head and he thinks these guys are actually afraid of him, that could be his down fall in the competition. I don't think these guys are afraid of him, they're professional fighters. I'd like to think they wouldn't be afraid of doing their job. They probably just don't want to fight yet, and want to absorb more knowledge and training before stepping into the octagon. It also wouldn't hurt to have the easiest road to the finals. This competition isn't about looking like a hero or a total bad ass, it's about winning, getting that prize, and that UFC contract.
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