I know you meant Larsen so I won't mention that, and I agree. Why did anybody think that was a draw? Your opponent getting a point taken away doesn't automatically give you 10 points. He did nothing before and after the knee, and the funny thing is.. Chiesa was dominating more before he threw the knee with the slams and decent elbows. After that, he seemed more passive.
Larsen had an awful game plan and when ever he reversed position in the clinch, he would just hug the superior wrestler instead of creating space and working his boxing. Then in the second round, Chiesa didn't look great, but he clearly got a 10-9 round, especially when he took Larsen's back in the end. If they weren't so close to the cage, he may have gotten a rear naked choke win.
Anybody who says "Chiesa didn't win that fight!" must be allowing his strategy in that fight to cloud their judgment. It wasn't a pretty win, but it was an easy fight to score. The guy playing it safe beats the guy who does literally NOTHING throughout the fight and then complain that he lost because of a knee. You didn't lose because of the knee Larsen, you lost because you did nothing before and after the knee, and if anything, he looked better after the knee was thrown than before it was.
That being said, even though Chiesa didn't look great, I could still see him going far. No one has really stood out in the competition yet. He could have also been playing it safe because he knew he already had a point taken away. Points mean everything in a 2 round fight.
To the guy who mentioned the knee, I wouldn't hold that against Chiesa too much. His coaches told him to throw the knee right before Larsen crouched down, and then they told him not too immediately after in a very vague way. It's easy to get confused and caught up in that situation, especially when everybody is yelling and he's not just focusing on what people are saying.
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Last edited by Stapler; 04-08-2012 at 08:04 PM.