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…on leghumping

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Nik Lentz - Should have been looking at a draw at UFC 118, not a decision win.

Sometimes, wrestlers feel like the scourge of mixed martial arts. The guys who worked out ground-and-pound and headbutted you until you bled. The guys who worked out how to pin you against the cage. The guys who took you down and laid on you to grind out a decision. It seems like every cheap way of winning was invented or innovated by wrestlers. Eventually, headbutts were banned, inactive fighters were stood up and stalemates in the clinch were broken up. However, there’s now a far more insidious problem that is increasing in MMA; leghumping. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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…on the UFC’s contender problem

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Jon Fitch - Uninteresting but unbeatable by all but GSP

UFC 104 will be Lyoto Machida’s first defence of the UFC light heavyweight title.  After decimating Rashad Evans, it’s hardly unsurprising that he is now anointed as the future of the light heavyweight division.  How can you beat a guy you can’t hit?  It isn’t just him; Penn, St-Pierre, Silva and Lesnar all look formidable in their own way.  Some see dominant champions as a problem but, in my opinion, it’s not that big of a problem.   However, now they have these champions, they’re having trouble generating contenders. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

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…on Strikeforce signing Jacare

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Jacare is a good fighter but is he the right fighter for Strikeforce

Strikeforce have managed to get Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to put pen to paper.  It’s heartening to see them do so.  He’s a good fighter, still evolving and could well be an asset to the organisation.  However, I can’t help but think they could have done better by hiring a decent heavyweight or lightweight.  They seem to sign fighters in a haphazard way, rather than concentrating on where they actually need to strengthen.  They sign good fighters, rather than the right fighters for their organisation. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

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…on the overrated fighters in PRIDE

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If Fedor loses to Arlovski, it will settle the argument that PRIDE fighters are overrated

Andrei Arlovski challenges Fedor Emelianenko this weekend at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.  A victory for Arlovski opens up the usual can of worms; PRIDE’s top fighters were overrated and protected by gimmicky booking. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

…on GSP and Babalu

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After defeat to Matt Serra, Georges St-Pierre has enlisted a sports psychologist to help regain his confidence

This time last year, Georges St Pierre and Renato Sobral were at the top of the food chain but since then, their stocks have dipped. I look at a tough twelve months for “Babalu” and how GSP is trying to put his career back on track with sports psychology. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 21, 2007 at 5:07 pm

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…on the questions that are bothering him right now

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August 7, 2007 at 12:25 pm

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…with thoughts on UFC 73

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July 10, 2007 at 3:45 pm

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