I watched the fight on Spike and they went straight to Super Dave Osborne right after Randy's interview. Spike sucks like that sometimes...
Brandon had no one to blame but himself. While he did an amazing job stuffing takedowns, he was completely unsuccessful, with a couple of notable exceptions, in creating space and distance for his kicks and knees. When he was able to utilize his length, Brandon was nasty. But he had to know Randy wanted to tie him up, wear him out along the cage with the clinch, then take him down and pound on him.
As I have said before, Brandon's got the talent, but rarely if ever the proper game plan (when matched up with a top flight contender).
Fifteen minutes is more than enough to finish. The problem is that the current system allows people to play it safe, suck just a little less than the other guy, and win the fight. No matter how bad you are, no matter how little you do, you can win if you keep the other guy from doing *quite* as much as you.Yeah, let's just keep ignoring an obvious judging criteria problem and blame it on "fighters should have finished to win." Fifteen minutes is not always long enough to finish top tier fighters, and if we keep ignoring this problem we're going to end up like boxing.
Quote of the year :thumbsup:Fifteen minutes is more than enough to finish. The problem is that the current system allows people to play it safe, suck just a little less than the other guy, and win the fight. No matter how bad you are, no matter how little you do, you can win if you keep the other guy from doing *quite* as much as you.
Such was the case in this fight - Randy was able to hold Brandon against the cage, do little to nothing, and if the judges thought that Brandon did just a little less, Randy wins.
That means that there is NO INCENTIVE to take any risks and try to finish the fight. NO INCENTIVE.
That's why you hear Machida, the LHW champion, in a later interview, saying things along the lines of "I knew that I had won the round, so I just held him down for two minutes. Since I had more points, there was no reason for me to risk getting hit."
No matter how accurate you make the judging, if you want fighters to try to finish fights, you need to give them an incentive to do something more than get some points, then lay around doing nothing.
Not if you're a big name, and between signing bonus, pay, win bonus, PPV bonus, and "locker-room" bonuses (pay that isn't disclosed), you're making 7 figures per fight. You know... like Randy has in the past.No incentive?
Fight of the Night? Knockout of the Night? Submission of the Night?
Sixty grand sounds like a pretty good incentive to me, especially if my purse is under $10,000.