Chop - Thanks for donating brother. I have read rumors that Dana and the UFC plan on matching the donations, may or may not happen, but either way - the moeny goes to the good cause.
I have to agree that Randy had a great game plan - and it was working quite well. Randy got caught - just the same way Chuck got caught by first Rampage and then again by Rashad. Were there holes in both game plans that led to them getting "caught"? Absolutely.
Brock throws a big right hand, as evidenced by Herring first and then by what happened to Randy. Because of his reach, you need to circle away from his big right and create angles - something that Kenny Florian, and God help for invoking his name because I think the guy is a complete sh!t fighter - Machida *pukes outright* do really well.
With the heavyweights, you don't get the same concentration on true jits or true foot movement like with the lighter weightclasses. What you do get, are some exciting fights, some great athletes, and some
I was at Mir/Lesnar one ( at the same time as SHOT & the timing was PERFECT ). Mir got caught early, he wasn't expecting to be taken down that quickly. While he was willing to pull guard against Brock, he wasn't ready to be taken down, put in side control, and when he was trying to hip out ( a perfect jits move from the side control ) he was being hammered in the head by those same big hamhocks that caught both Heath and Randy.
Mazzagatti stopped the fight and issued a warning, but what wasn't broadcast for the TV world was at the weighs they talked about the 4 ounce gloves and how they needed special ones for Brocks' hand size. 4 ounces is 4 ounces, spread across 2 inches or 9 inches, there is a hell of a difference in the depth of the padding.
Now, when the fight went back to the ground, Mir was actually put in a worse situation, what few haters realize, and then he pulled off the kneebar.
Lesnar is still in horrible "shape" for a ground game against a master jiu-jitsu guy like Mir or Big Nog - the question is who?
I love both of those guys, Mir is one of my favorites of all time, but Big Nog is one of the most durable fighters I have ever seen.
Cro-Cop wailed on him and wailed on him and beat him up, down and sideways, for the better part of 20 minutes and Nog sunk in one slick assed arm bar close to the end of the round and won the fight.
Mir/Nog is going to be a fight everyone that loves the ground game is going to love, one everyone wants to see, even me - but there are a lot of us that don't want to see either guy lose.
I see Nog beating Mir 6 or 7 times out of 10. Mir can be knocked out and Nog can't, atleast not by Mir - unless he has SERIOUSLY trained his stand up more in prep for the fight. Nogs submissions are smooth, more like a boa constrictor. Mir's are like a car crash, like Barnett's, he grabs a hold of something and tries to tear it completely off your body. This is going to be a great fight - I just don't want either guy to lose it.
As for the winner versus Brock - That is going to be interesting. Nog can take much more punishment than Mir, so he has a great chance against him, but either guy can easily submit Lesnar and unify the belt as long as they get a good ground position to work from.
As we have seen from Mir/Lesnar one, and nor Lesnar/Randy, when that big bastard gets side control and can start hitting you in the head, he doesn't do a lot of damage, but he can control you and keep you there until they stop the fight.
Either way, that Dec 27th card is going to determine A LOT as to what 2009 is going to bring.
Excellent post by the way Chop. I love talking weapons and MMA - two of my favorite things.
Big props for donating to the card too, thank you!