QUOTE (AussieLad @ Jun 23 2009, 11:24 PM)
I was rooting for guida, though i figured he'd lose as he is a bit of a gatekeeper in the division.
I felt the decision could of gone either way, depending on how you score a fight. Sanchez dominated the first round, maybe even a 10-8 round. The second and third i think you can make an argument guida controlled with his wrestling, though he inflicted little damage. Where it got blurry was the second round, guida controlled with his wrestling, but sanchez inflicted much more damage off his back with those elbows, and threatened with submissions. Based on effective damage, i scored it for sanchez, but dont have a problem with a split decision for guida.
I hear you about the scoring. That's why I HATE the way fights are scored in the UFC
. First off, most judges are too ready to award fights for the lay-and-pray bullshit that guys like Sean Sherk give us. Rich Franklin getting a decision over Wanderlei Silva was a TRAGEDY. Getting 2 takedowns in the course of a fight is NOT grounds for victory, especially when the fighter on top is doing NOTHING. The 10-point must system ws a retard move as well. Maybe it works in boxing, but not in MMA.
I preferred Pride
's scoring system, where the fight was scored as a whole, instead of round-by-round. RINGS was the shit too, as they awarded 0 points for a fighter who got a takedown but did nothing to improve his position. (I'm looking squarely at you Ricardo Arona, and you're "fight" with Fedor.)
In a logical world, Clay Guida lost that fight. Diego initiated the contact, did hellacious damage (even from the bottom), and made every effort to finish the fight. Clay Guida made every effort to get the takedown and ride things out to the decision, hoping he scored enough along the way to get the decision win. I admire the guy for taking a serious beating and still coming back, butg in no way feel as if though he earned anything but a moral victory.
But man, guida needs to do something about the hair. Its a serious disadvantage in the octagon, vision-wise, and submission wise. Maybe some faber corn rows or something.
Haha, his hair is cool. He'll lose a fight directly because of it and then he'll do something about it, the same way Edgerrin James and Troy Polamalu did in the NFL