Author Topic: McGregor vs Mayweather  (Read 250 times)

Offline kimmy

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Re: McGregor vs Mayweather
« Reply #45 on: September 10, 2017, 11:22:32 am »
I understand what you're saying, but I think you're really underselling the amount of skill and technique involved in MMA.  The work that they do in clinches and especially when the fight goes to the mat is a chess match unlike just about anything else in sports.

There was a great example of this at UFC 215 in Edmonton yesterday. 

Ashlee Evans-Smith is the #15 UFC bantamweight, a former college wrestler who trains full time. Sarah "Cheesecake" Moras is a Kim City mail carrier who hasn't fought in UFC for over 2 years, and needed  to do a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for training expenses for yesterday's fight.  Evans-Smith is very physically powerful, and Moras is.. uh, Cheesecake.  So she was a pretty big underdog.

Evans-Smith put Moras on her back in the opening seconds of the fight and almost obtained a full mount, but Moras used octopus-like flexibility to wrap her up and prevent her from doing any damage, and then worked for a submission hold. Even though Moras spent the whole fight on her back she managed to get the win and break her opponent's arm as well.

It was neat listening to the crowd as the fight went on. The whole arena was cheering for Moras, as the hometown fighter. There was a noticeable buzz in the arena as people began to realize Sarah had Evans-Smith's arm trapped, and I think the crowd knew that Evans-Smith was in trouble before she herself realized it. And when she did secure the hold the building erupted. This is probably the best moment of her career:

https://streamable.com/atk7s

 -k