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It’s been 10 days since UFC 247, and the judging drama continues. In addition to the massive controversy surrounding the main event — in which Judge Joe Soliz awarded Jon Jones four of five rounds — there were four split-decisions spread across the card. Notably, one of the judges was accused of not watching the Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee bout.
Initially, Trevin Giles’ victory over James Krause (though a split decision) was not among the controversial results. It was simply a close fight, one that could have been argued for either man. However, Krause learned today that Soliz, who scored the bout against Krause, shares a jiu-jitsu lineage with Giles.
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If this isn’t the most frustrating shit for me in the world I don’t know what... how is this not a conflict of interest? Training at someone’s gym for 10+ years and receiving a black belt from the coach corner my opponent. I no way am I mad I lost the fight, it was close. 1 was mine, 2 was his, and 3 was a toss up. But round 3 was given to me on 2/3 cards. It was round 1 they scored for him. After a take down and almost 4 minutes of back control, not to mention almost finishing the RNC, I don’t know how they would give that round to him. This sport has been around for too long to not start making changes. I know the Texas State Athletic Commission wont do a damn thing about my fight. They never do but I hope the @ufc, @danawhite, and the state commissions can come together to actually make the judging for OUR sport, not boxing and hold the people doing these jobs accountable. This is a disgrace to our sport. Not just my fight but multiple examples of incompetence from the same judge. So frustrated to even read this shit... and remember I lost half my purse because of this guy.
Krause’s view on his own fight is very mature and fair. He correctly points out that it was a close fight, the type every fighter feels they won, without making that the issue. Instead, he identifies the real problem: there’s no way Krause didn’t win the opening round. He absolutely dominated, taking the back and nearly finishing the fight.
Krause has a right to be upset and has a real argument to file for an appeal. If there’s a silver lining to the whole issue, it’s that Krause’s stock and paycheck rose even with the loss.
Bas Rutten is a marketing genius.
This adds up, as Elias Theodorou fights are only watchable if extremely high. Jokes aside, this is a positive step for the sport!
Per a press release, @EliasTheodorou has become the first professional athlete to ever receive a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) for medical cannabis after applying for one through the British Columbia Athletic Commissions.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 18, 2020
Last night’s Midnight Mania comment section was a disaster, and I blame y’all!
every time Henry Cejudo opens his mouth: pic.twitter.com/fLM08yLQXh— MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) February 18, 2020
More Bantamweight drama, but this bit more reasonable: Cory Sandhagen is just as good as any other contender and is plenty deserving of a title eliminator.
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Sterling calls out Yan because he and Yan are only “two real contenders”... then talks about how Yan is all hype and hasn’t beat anyone decisively that’s good. . Mean while I’m over here with my last win coming handedly to a guy Aljimain lost to. . I’m the best fighter in the division and Aljimain, I feel like you’re ducking the real boogeyman ♂️ @funkmastermma
I’m not going to link it all because it’s an obnoxious amount of posts, but Diego Sanchez is currently spamming Instagram with defenses of his coach and decision-making. Meanwhile, here’s Michel Pereira’s response to all the drama.
Using heavy hands to secure the body lock:
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Technique Tuesday ! @akbjj @builtbystrength . . . Some of my favorite wrestling entries revolve around heavy hands to undertook. In this clip , wrestling coach @alexandermunoz55 walks me through the finer details of a old favorite . This entry is quite explosive, I’m sure it’ll come in handy for ya. Osss !! • • • • #wrestling #jiujitsu #body #lock #persianfury #Tuesday #technique #video #akbaribjj
An example of even more brutal hand-fighting (which is to say, the meanest club I’ve seen in a while):
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Breaking down why the kicker did not get Corey Anderson’d: for one, he targeted the head/upper body rather than leg, which is harder to counter with a punch. Furthermore, he led the kick with the knee properly as well, which allows the leg to act as a shield against forward movement.
Magnum Kiatchatchanan can generate legit force with his kicks :O— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) February 15, 2020
1R TKO (MuayThai Hardcore) pic.twitter.com/1NZgdyxXOS
Kick low, kick high.
Absolute top-notch referee work (and a killer knockout):
good morning— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) February 15, 2020
mortal hellbow by So Sovarathana
muay Thai referees are the best
Not for those with sensitive stomachs!
Watch this camera fall from an airplane... pic.twitter.com/7QyEUNeziw— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) February 17, 2020
Midnight Music: Doo-wop ain’t dead!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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