You know it is going to be trotted out when a young up and coming fighter beats a legend. It helps put over the young star in the making and will only help the UFC market Rory in the future.
It's not that it's unexpected, it's just lazy. Play up the young prospect beating a fading legend as expected, fine, but it's not necessary to act as if it's a changing of the guard at 170 or anything. Rory comes off as a tool anyway so market him as a villain.
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I feel the same about Diaz as I feel about Penn. Outside the ring they're tools, but inside the ring they're warriors that you have to admire. Both of them got dominated tonight, but I still like them as fighters and I still think they're both tools.
I didn't see the rest of the card, but I tuned in in time to see the last 3 fights. McDonald, Gustafsson, and Henderson all looked great.
I was disappointed that Rory basically mailed in the 3rd round, when Penn was so badly beaten that he could have gone for a finish he played it safe. As for the showboating... well, if Rory had gone out and shown up a gentleman by doing the Ali Shuffle, I'd have been offended. But against Penn? Penn invites it. If Penn weren't such a dick, I'd be disappointed with Rory for doing classless antics in the ring. But since it was Penn... I have a hard time feeling too bad about it.
Gustafsson looked outstanding... but those tactics just won't work against Jones. I don't think Gustafsson can throw Jones down the way he did to Rua, and those knees to the faces were more or less a freebie that came from being 5 inches taller.
I love Nate Diaz as a fighter, and I also think he's a complete jackass. Henderson looked great tonight, I don't think there's much else to say about it. He completely neutralized Nate's boxing, and there were a few exciting scrambles on the ground but Benson was never in serious danger from Nate's submissions. Nate is terrific at what he does, but what he does just isn't a serious threat to Ben Henderson.
Can Golberg stop this changing of the guard stuff in regards to Penn/McDonald? A big 170 fighting a pudgy 150 doesn't constitute a changing of the guard.
I agree. MacDonald, like GSP is a big Welterweight. Not quite as thick as GSP, but very big. After rehydrating after the weigh ins yesterday, Rory probably was in the cage at 185-190 lbs. BJ was at 168. So, looking at a 3 inch plus 20 lb weight advantage.
Just physically dominated BJ. Would like to have seen Rory a bit more aggressive in finishing BJ in round 2.
Big 3 fights went pretty much as I expected.
Rory physically dominated BJ. Just too big.
Gustofsson beat a game Shogun. Shogun's cardio always seems to be hit/miss since joining the UFC. Kind of like BJ Penn. Never know if he is going to run out of gas sometime in round 2.
Henderson, I expected him to beat Diaz. He's just more solidly built than Diaz. At 155 lbs, being 5'9 and built like a truck is the ideal build. Rory is kind of like that too for the 170 lb division. 6'0 tall and solidly built, ala GSP at 5'11. Diaz is so tall and lanky that he doesn't appear to have much power in his punches. Just got beat to death with those kicks and take downs.