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what I learned from UFC 80

January 24, 2008
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Training was cancelled today. Used the time off to wisely to study kanji, watched UFC 80 again (only when I took breaks, promise) and I’m in the process of down*ahem*loading UFC Fight Night.

Before I head back to studying, there’s a few things I noticed now that I watched the rest of UFC 80 and not just the Penn/Stevenson fight, which is what I did for the previous UFC post.

Brits LOVE BJ Penn
My theory on the Hawaiian flag and the union jack was so off base. Because if that was the case they should have shown just as much love to Kendall Grove who brought out an embrassingly huge Hawaiian flag. I’m all for “imua” but small kine make a’. Sorry, Hawaii talk.

The fence SUCKS
Ask Kendall Grove. It severely limits mobility on the ground and potential opportunities to escape, which could be a good or bad thing depending on the situation a fighter finds himself in. As for Kendall Grove, the fence secured his position, which was a bad thing cause it left him open and defenseless. I wonder if “self-defense” techniques such as being pinned against a wall or techniques based on close quarter combat would be applicable in that particular case – stuck against the fence, eating punches. BJJ has “against the wall” techniques. I know a few from my training before BJJ. That would be something someone should to look into. Not me of course.

Beware of the Button
The Jason Lambert vs Wilson Gouveia fight was a clear example of this. First round went to Lambert who was more aggressive and seemed to work harder than Gouveia. The beginning of the second was more of the same – until they stood up again. They exchanged punches. Lambert got caught with a clean left hook. Gouveia with the win. Moral of the story – if you’re going to stand up and trade punches, be prepared to lose cause ANYBODY can go down with that kind of game plan.

Elbows are a forehead’s worst friend
In both the Taylor vs Kelly and Penn vs Stevenson fights the downed opponent (Kelly and Stevenson) got cut with a elbow to the forehead. Understandable. It’s bone against bone and the only thing in the way is skin so of course there’ll be cuts. But it’s the most unnecessary blow in the UFC. Why do I say that? An elbow to the forehead does not disable a fighter’s ability to continue fighting. The only reason why it would hinder a fighter is if the elbow cuts the forehead, and either blood gets into the eyes (limiting vision) or the cut doctor doesn’t like what he sees (like skull) and only through those means is the fight called off. Getting a fight called off that way shows no greater skill, no technique, nor does it show superior athleticism. It displays a gory mess (lots of blood) and nothing else. And neither the fans or the fighters want a win via forehead cut.

Whoa. This entry is turned out longer than I wanted it to. Back to studying.

Study hard, train harder.

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