Norm Smith Medallist
- Jul 20, 2010
- AFL Club
I was so surprised no chat about it! Good post mate.Surprised there are no comments about this morning's card by now. Zabit vs Kattar was a great fight. I figured Zabit would try and stay out of boxing range as I expected him to be at a disadvantage there. He fought a great fight and had a guy with superb striking second guessing himself for most of the first two rounds. Kattar finished strong, but didn't do enough to get the nod for me. Zabit has shown a bit of a drop off in a few fights now where he's been taken deep, so while I think he has the size and skills to trouble a guy like Max, I think in the end he would get overwhelmed. It would make for great watching as long as it lasted though.
For all the horrible stuff Hardy has done in the past, I respect what he did this morning. Fighting Volkov in Russia after less than 2 years in the pro fight game is a huge effort and he didn't look that out of place. I doubted he would amount to much, but he's showing rapid improvement and could be something in 2 or 3 years time.
It was an excellent fight. It's the sh*t that makes me love MMA, high level technicians. I think Zabit is a GREAT martial artist. Technique wise he's as good as anyone we've seen - BUT; he has some issues that I think will hold him back from ever being 'the guy' in that division. Obviously his gas tank issue - now I've seen people dismiss this by saying he just needs to pace himself... well that's a silly statement because pacing himself probably means his first 2 rounds aren't as dominant as they are and he may not even end up winning them. His second big issue is the lack of power. Genuinely seems like he can't hurt people in there. He's a great fighter and I reckon he beats 90% of that division. Would love to see him v Yair or Ortega next. Don't think he could get past Max or Volk the cardio machines. Kattar came out of the loss looking good, finished fantastic. Rematch with Moicano maybe? Both coming off losses, makes sense.