QUOTE (SmartyBeardo @ Mar 20 2011, 02:16 PM)
Makes sense, though I am not convinced that it would have made the difference, given the total dominance. That said, as I mentioned above, there were openings that a prime Shogun has ended people given.
I don't know if the ultimate outcome changes with a healthy Shogun, maybe it doesn't, maybe it does. But the injury aspect cannot be discounted. We didn't see Shogun even attempt
a leg kick, nor a Thai clinch. It seemed Shogun's gameplan was to get taken down and try to work for submissions from the bottom. He tried for the leglock several times, and even went for a triangle at one point. That's not typical Shogun.
Knowing his injury history, I wouldn't rule out the reports that he came into the fight injured.
BTW, it must be said that the UFC/mma kicked boxing's ass this weekend. That was one of the best cards top to bottom that I have ever seen.
Agree that it was a good, entertaining card.