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    Default The myth of 'getting caught'

    Last night, after Urijah Faber was surprisingly TKO'ed by Mike Brown, telecaster Frank Mir said several times that Faber "got caught." It's a popular explanation when a seemingly more talented fighter loses to a less talented fighter. Chuck Liddell got caught by Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. Chael Sonnen got caught by Paulo Filho in their first fight. Even on the Ultimate Fighter, C.B. Dollaway got caught by Amir Sadollah.

    It is also a load of bull.

    The words "got caught," in the passive voice, implies that the losing fighter is not to blame. Right. It wasn't Faber's fault that he lost concentration, became frustrated by Brown, and charged right into the elbow that Brown was throwing. I'm not buying it.

    It also takes some glory away from the victor. Rashad Evans should be given credit for his knockout of Liddell, much like Brown deserves kudos this morning after beating Faber and winning the WEC featherweight belt. Both fighters stuck with their gameplans and recognized an opportunity when it came their way, whether it was Liddell sticking his head out on a plate, or Faber uncharacteristically flailing around.

    Fighters win. Fighters lose. Sometimes, when other people, like referees and judges, get involved, the winner and loser can be questioned. But when there is a knockout or a submission, there isn't a doubt. Don't buy into the idea that anyone "got caught," when they, in fact, just lost.

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    i still think that tebow got caught by craig when he got ktfo that fateful Friday.
    but then again, i may be retarded

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    For the record, my thoughts on this extend to wrestling. I hear it all the time about guys who got pinned.

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    Faber clearly got caught with a good shot last ngiht. How that is in dispute is beyond me. Brown looked like he was more poised, focused, and he caught him. Kudos to the new champion.
    Lets go Brent!

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    Even though the fight was short, Brown appeared to be controlling the action even before he "caught him". And this article loses all credibility IMO when the guy writing it says "charged right into the elbow that Brown was throwing". Uhh, Faber was trying to throw and elbow and Brown punched him in the face, right? And him referring to CB getting caught is pretty dumb too, considering it happened twice.

    And I agree w/ Blue about this extending to wrestling. But I think that sometimes people do get "caught" in wrestling, but it's only about 1/10 times that people say they got "caught".
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdindon View Post
    Even though the fight was short, Brown appeared to be controlling the action even before he "caught him". And this article loses all credibility IMO when the guy writing it says "charged right into the elbow that Brown was throwing". Uhh, Faber was trying to throw and elbow and Brown punched him in the face, right? And him referring to CB getting caught is pretty dumb too, considering it happened twice.

    And I agree w/ Blue about this extending to wrestling. But I think that sometimes people do get "caught" in wrestling, but it's only about 1/10 times that people say they got "caught".
    The guy writing it, but then you say you agree with me? Try clicking on the link.

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    I tend to agree with you guys... but you gotta admit there's some wierd pins in wrestling sometimes, especially in the international styles. I remember watching one between Jamie Macari and Mischa Japirdidze (Canada's top 2 55kg wrestlers) where Mischa was up by a bunch, then he did an olympic lift, slipped, fell flat on his back and rolled through. It was a win by fall for Macari.

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    Maggie got it right again.

    It's sometime hard to see our favorite, often dominant, fighters lose to lesser regarded fighters, but that shouldn't taint those surprising victories for the winners.
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    That's true, I agree with you.
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