Mir did actually throw 1 pretty nice combination, before getting KTFO.Sad thing is that in the 2 main event fights the losers landed a total of maybe 2 punches in 6 rounds of fighting.
Hardy never had a chance to throw anything tonight and Mir didnt get the chance.
Dan was way tenative. The way I saw it GSP wasnt even setting up the TDs at all. He just decided to take him down and did it. Considering his stiff muay thai stance I thought he might try to catch gsp coming in, but instead he just tried some half-assed TDD. I know gsp is the best wrestler at WW by far, but Im still disappointed with Hardy for not really going for it ever in that fight.As for Hardy, you could tell Dan was a little tentative and wary of the takedown, and then as soon as he tried to throw GSP just took him down. GSP has incredible timing. 1 thing I did like in the stand-up though, was when GSP landed a crisp jab right on the button, and Dan just smiled and stuck his tongue out. What a bloke.
Hardy taunted in an attempt to provoke GSP, thinking it would lead to striking exchanges. if hardy got aggressive he would have just been taken down, so he kept his cool waiting for gsp to trade and look for counters. unfortunately for hardy gsp had his mind set on taking the fight down, and theres not really anyone who can stop him from doing that.This is what I found weird about this fight. It's almost as if Hardy didn't want to win this fight or build any offense but instead just show that he can take a beating. GSP tagged Hardy with a jab and Hardy just smiled and dropped his hands..
Hardy got out-classed and made himself look stupid. What's the point in being aragant and smiling after you get hit. Seriously, he built no offense and got dominated, I exspected a lot more from Hardy. I give him props for not taping, but at the end of the day he really got out-classed from the start of the fight.
Hardy's arm is probably injured at this point, for what?
I put some of this on his corner. There was no advice on how to MAKE it a striking contest. Why not bend his knees, drop his weight, and accept, temporarily, being a boxer, not a power-puncher? He'd have half a chance at a sprawl in reply to GSP's shot. Don't try to trick GSP into a stand-up match. Force him into a stand-up match, even if it means not throwing with power. The power shots could come later.Surely it's understandable that he was tentative with his strikes? As soon as he tried to throw something, GSP would time him and take him down. He was outclassed because he knew that as soon as he tried to throw, GSP would take him down. I don't think he would have been as comprehensively out-classed in a pure striking contest.