- May 26, 2012
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What a people’s champion. Huge respect from him to his opponents always. Lightweight belt will be his soon
He's going to run into some problems if he doesn't tighten up the defence, but Nickel has strong striking fundamentals and a very good grasp of distance. He's no sure thing, but the hype is justified.
What a beast Volk is. Yair looked a little hesitant early, no doubt anticipating the take down and as soon as he got comfortable he got cracked and finished. I don't see the point of Alex staying at 145 now, there really is nothing left for him to accomplish there. Put on some good weight and go cement your legacy at 155.
I was very wrong about the co main event. I thought with Pantoja's walk them down style that he would either walk on to something and get stopped or just get outclassed and lose a wide decision. I was very confident after round two that the latter would occur, but Pantoja kept coming and controll ed the majority of the ground exchanges. I get the feeling we'll see a 4th fight between them before too long as Moreno still seems a class above the rest of the weight class at the moment.
Shattered for Rob, but what a performance by Du Plessis! He looked all at sea early on and I thought Rob was going to coast to a decision, but from about half way through the first he looked ominous. The takedown off a headlock was surprising... I can't remember the last time I saw that work in men's MMA! It was hugely effective though as Rob seemed a bit disoriented at the end of the round and didn't last too much longer after that. DDP didn't seem to have taken much damage, so could turn around quick dor Sydney and all of a sudden that looks like a must see fight.
The calls for Rob to give it away are a bit rich IMO.... he's only 32 and is still amongst the best few in the world.
Hooker and Turner put on a great scrap too. I figured Dan was about done after the failed trip back to 145, but he still has some life in him. Can't see him being cleared for Sydney, but he should be in a top 10 scrap before the end of the year.
I don't disagree that Nickal is a top shelf prospect, but other than power, his stiking left a bit to be desired tonight. I thought his distance control was pretty average tonight as well. He ended up almost chest to chest with Woodburn after throwing strikes on a few occasions and had to take some quick steps to get out of range. Still, he's just a baby in the sport so his potential for growth is massive.
What a way for Robbie to go out tonight! The highlights package at the end of the fight was a nice touch too.
Disappointing to see Crute show up as pretty much the same version of himself as the last fight, only more gun shy. He looked in great shape but as soon as the fight started it was more of the same. Not sure if he retired or was just angry and wanted his gloves off at the end of the fight, but if he stays in the game he needs to look at a new camp I think. He's not getting better in what should be his prime years of improvement.
‘Get back up’: Aussie backflips on retirement after gutting loss as rival shares classy responsewww.foxsports.com.au
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He's already done that tohugh. After the first Alonzo Menifield fight he dumped Sam Greco as coach and got a whole new team.yeah still young enough but he needs a total change of camp/scenery
Not sure he needs to work on his technical stuff, seems like he needs to go away and work on the mental stuff. Looked like he didn't wanna really be in there when he walked in.He's already done that tohugh. After the first Alonzo Menifield fight he dumped Sam Greco as coach and got a whole new team.
Jimmy spent the entire lead up to this fight talking about how he was a changed man, had cut out booze/partying and we'd see a completely new version of him.
I would have cut him some more slack on today's performance if he hadn't have talked such a big game. I was super disappointed to see him regress like that. Curious to hear what his excuses are.
Fun card overall, Volk just keeps getting better, Yair is very dangerous but Volk just too much, best fighter in the world.
Rob’s loss upset me a lot ha ha, love that guy. Bound to happen at some point, he only fights killers and DDP v Adesanya will be a lot of fun.
Dan Hooker is the man, loves a firefight and was a great win. Nickal did it very easy, when you have a huge grappling advantage landing punches can be a lot easier.
Jimmy Crute never looked like it, getting countered all day and left the neck exposed on that TD attempt. Never looks good for a grappler to get guillotined like that, bad night for him.