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What did you guys think of the UFC?
I was impressed by how that fight went with those two guys whose name escape me. One had his twin brother there, grew up on a farm, and turned around what looked like certain defeat into a rear-naked chokeout. He was incredible.
Also, "Mayhem" was pretty amusing. Interesting, slick way of fighting, though he lost. I cannot believe he got some of those escapes to standup. His personality was hysterical, as well. I think this is probably engendered in his fight team, too. I'm still laughing about "retard strength!"
Matt Hughes, he and his brother are from rural Ohio.
I thought George St.Pierre put on a great show. He owned Mayhem.
I'd say there was a general felling of "What the hell just happened?!?!" when Couture got KOed by Chuck in the first...
Not a bad night, a few fights that got turned around at the end by submission.
What do I think?
I think it's come a long way. I haven't see a UFC fight since the 3rd one.
While I'm not all that into competion, MMA has evolved quite a bit.
I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing future bouts, especially following some of the guys from the reality show.
I thought Mayhem has heart, St Piere has pure technical talent, Hughes is Superman (he's from rural Illinois), Babalu was awesome, and I was disapointed that Patrick Cote lost. I like Cote's striking ability and fast hands, but he relys on them too much.
Chuck and Randy put on a great fight. It was fast furious and the cards were just dealt better to Chuck last Saturday. Either could have won that. Chuck has some GREAT timing to go with his awkward striking style....and his power seems on par with a mack truck! :D
This UFC was the best they have put on in a while. It just keeps growing and it is fun to watch this evolve.
Chuck has some GREAT timing to go with his awkward striking style....and his power seems on par with a mack truck! :D
Blast those unorthadox guys, they do everything all wrong and its.... its.... cheating! If they would just use proper technique they wouldn't keep getting "lucky" all the time and winning! :D
I've been trying to figure out Chuck's striking (read that: John Hackleman's) for a long time and I am still bewhildered. I think it's as simple as looking for openings and hitting hard when found.
The genius is in the timing and spotting of openings. He seems to throw fewer hits but they seem to land squarely and perpendicularly to the striking surface. Compare that to, say, Vovchanchin's fast hands that tend to hit in flurries.
Good reminder that what works is what's important, not kata or looking cool.
Ahhhh. So Couture lost did he? I never got to see the fight, I dont even have a TV right now... But I must admit I had my money on ole Randy. Nothing statistic, I always just liked him. Damn, I wish I could have seen the fight. The first round?!?
Incase anyone hasnt seen it, I have to recommend watching the Silva vs. Jackson fight from October. One of the best fights Ive ever seen.
If I may ask, is anyone here at all familiar with Dan Severn? He who has one of the best UFC/PRIDE records ever?? Ive mentioned him to a few MA buddies on occasion, but they just give me empty blinks anytime I mention his name...
Severn was a beast (still is, looks like).
I liked him a lot.
At this UFC he got some industry award (hall of fame or something). Looked even more impressive in a suit, somehow.
Severn was interesting because he brough western wrestling into the ring which really challenged the standup fighters. Also, interesting as he was (is) clearly quite a force yet was submitted by Royce Gracie after quite a struggle.
Severn and Frye are two of my favorites.
Severn goes back to the early days of the UFC. He had dominated Royce for over 15 until Royce snuck in a triangle. It was a he classic. Severn also held the NWA heavyweight Championship for a good chunk of the 90's. Alot of people credit Severn with opening the door for wrestlers to compete in MMA because he was the first world class wrestler to compete and have success in sport, guys like Don Frye and Mark Coleman. Don't forget the rivalry Severn had with Ken Shamrock.
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