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    I don't agree with ripping on those guys either, but I do understand barrett's point that the more the sport moves in that direction, the less exciting it is. One of the great things that attracts people to the sport is the idea that MMAers "get after it".

    Bonuses are one thing, but winning the fight is another - and many fighters will not jeopardize their chance of winning the fight to go after a bonus.


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    I don't agree with ripping on those guys either, but I do understand barrett's point that the more the sport moves in that direction, the less exciting it is. One of the great things that attracts people to the sport is the idea that MMAers "get after it".

    Bonuses are one thing, but winning the fight is another - and many fighters will not jeopardize their chance of winning the fight to go after a bonus.
    I guess my point is that I do not think the sport is moving in that direction. I think their are specific fights where a more skilled fighter will use a more conservative gameplan but that is just nature of a sports competition. I have now seen barret make similar complaints after griffin, florian, and bispings fights. All of those fighters are generally aggresive fighters but they are also professional athletes and and recognize that they have to use different strategies at different times.

    If the rules are changed where fighters are unable to use a tactical defensive approach and are forced to instead fight in a purely entertaining manner then in imo it becomes less of a sport.


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    I realize all these "UFC 89 thoughts" are focused on the actual fights, but how about Joe Rogan looking about 30 pounds heavier than the last time I saw him?

    Weighing in stones? I realize it's in England but why weigh in stones? They didn't measure the fighters' reach in meters.

    And boy, did I cringe at that nutshot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    I realize all these "UFC 89 thoughts" are focused on the actual fights, but how about Joe Rogan looking about 30 pounds heavier than the last time I saw him?

    Weighing in stones? I realize it's in England but why weigh in stones? They didn't measure the fighters' reach in meters.

    And boy, did I cringe at that nutshot.
    Oh please sir this thread is not restricted to just the fights.

    Has anyone else noticed that rogan and goldie have mentioned slap vs thud sound of a kick in the last 30 ufcs?



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    I had never seen that guy Cane fight, the man has skills. A definite threat in the LHW division. Also, Lytle has some chin.
    Ouch!!!


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    Although it might make the rules more subjective, I think the UFC should consider Pride's judging criteria about trying to finish the fight (of course, I don't want BJJ on the bottom getting too much credit for tossing their legs up every 20 seconds going for a submission).

    Kind of surprising Leben didn't have a backup plan, he was hunting him down and getting tagged the whole time but did it for 3 rounds. He's guilty of having a very predictable style and since Bisping didn't go for a KO, he didn't have his opportunities.

    Agree about Carwin - that's a short fight and they had plenty of time to squeeze it in. That division is so weak and he's showed a lot of promise.
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    What people are saying about UFC 89

    After Bisping's yawn of a win over Chris Leben, and Keith Jardine's split decision over Brandon Vera, the internet is talking up a storm about the fights and the future of all of the fighters:

    - Cage Potato compiled the best pictures of the evening. MMA lends itself so well to photography, like this picture of Jardine and Vera.

    - Fight Linker points out Michael Bisping still hasn't really beaten anyone big, though he will be facing the winner of Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson during the Ultimate Fighter 9.

    - MMA Junkie has a rundown of the bonuses awarded on Saturday. Paul Taylor and Chris Lytle won Fight of the Night, just as they had planned.

    - MMA Rated writer admits that he was wrong, wrong, wrong about Michael Bisping. As we finished up our live blog on Saturday night, many commenters pointed out that Bisping didn't engage Leben enough for the win. Fair enough, but what Bisping fought was a very smart fight. As fighters evolve and grow, I think we will see more of this. The "Machida Method" works, though it is frustrating for fans. There will always be fighters who want to win by knockout or submission, but there will also be fighters who just want to win. Sometimes that means using the smartest methods, not the the toughest.

    - Dana White isn't quite sure what has happened to Brandon Vera. We're all wondering the same thing, Dana. Vera's descent from an up-and-comer in the heavyweight division to just another light-heavyweight has happened quickly and was difficult to watch. His next fight, the last on his contract, is an absolute must-win.

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    Seeing that picture of Jardine above reminded me of something ... Does he act as weird before every fight as he did before this fight? He made several weird looks/gestures on the way to the cage and then sprinted across the cage like a six-year old trying on new sneakers. I know he has an odd, herky jerky style when fighting, but I don't recall seeing him act that strangely pre-fight before.


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