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Monday, Feb 25, 2013

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” UFC 157 and the ex-Strikeforce Fighters Who Stole the Show

"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler Photo credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

By Joshua Molina

UFC 157 revealed a lot about the sport of MMA and its fighters.  Some are hungry. Some aren’t. Here’s a look at some of the fallout from the historic show.

No one gave Robbie Lawler a chance. Not only did he defeat Josh Koscheck, but he destroyed him.  Lawler is supposed to be the one-dimensional slugger, but he proved he could hang with a first-rate wrestler.

Koscheck may be a better all-around fighter, but he fought safe and scared and paid the price. He put the crowd to sleep by taking Lawler down and trying to win a wrestling match.  Lawler, perhaps in a win or die moment in terms of his future with the UFC, fought like a hungry lion. He scrapped and slugged and KO’d Koscheck.

What an upset.  In his win, Lawler switched places with Koscheck. Now Lawler has a second chance and Koscheck should worry about his UFC fate.

The Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida fight stunk up the Honda Center.  Both guys fought safe. Both fought not wanting to lose. So what happened? Nobody won. Sure Machida got the victory, but he didn’t impress anybody.  Neither fighter showed any hunger. Neither fighter deserves a title shot at Jon Jones after that performance.  They should rematch and Jones should fight Daniel Cormier.

Finally, Liz Carmouche came within seconds of shocking the world.  Unlike Sarah Kaufman, Carmouche came to fight. She nearly defeated Ronda Rousey and gave the world everything she had along the way.

Carmouche had also come close against Marloes Coenen in Strikeforce. If she wants to become a world champion, Carmouche may want to find a better camp who can take her to the next level.

Rousey also came to fight as she always does.  She’s hungry. In close fights, hunger usually wins.


posted by JoshuaM @ 5:27 pm
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