Originally posted by Phlabibit
Anyone watch last night? I'm getting keen on this sport. I still have a problem picking who I want to win.
Basically, I wait til one guy is getting dominated for a round or so... and decide I want them to win.
There was a fight last night with some guy 'Drew' I think his name was, he spent the whole match on his back against the wall. "Come on! ...[text shortened]... they end it quick.
Good stuff, nice way to pass the time til baseball starts.
That was re-run from back last year.
I always thought that the David Loiseau - Evan Tanner fight was kind of a disappointment. It's just a bummer to see a good fight end on one wicked elbow cut. There's some talk among fans that maybe elbows on the ground should be eliminated to reduce the number of stoppages. There are some guys who will be getting dominated on the ground, but throw a weak elbow from their back. They are very effective in stopping your opponent, but they can get a cut going and get a ref stoppage.
Brandon Vera had a nice match. It's too bad it looks like he won't be staying with the UFC. He's getting offered insane money to move to EliteXC (a org that will probably fail within the year).
The Fitch-Koscheck fight had a classic ending (though the rest of the fight is pretty boring thanks to Josh's lay 'n' pray). Quick question: Why do you refer to Koscheck as a "wrestler"? The guy is an extremely accomplished collegiate wrestler. Very legit. Maybe you mean that he is more now than just a wrestler?
Anyway, I'm glad that you're diggin' the sport. It takes tremendous athleticism, and the strategy is so much more rich than in other fighting sports. If you really are starting to it, you should check out clips from the old UFC (no time limits, many fewer rules). It can give you a deep appreciation for why fighters are so well rounded now, the grappling/submission vs. stand-up interplay, and just how dominate the MMA fighters of today are compared to those of yesteryear.