|Originally posted by stevebutabi |
Was randy more active in the clinch than rashad or something, or was he just receiving preferential treatment?
Aside from the third round of Couture-Vera, Randy was definitely less active than Rashad in the clinch. I don't know if it's preferential treatment or just incompetence, but the officials are woefully inconsistent when it comes to breaking up clinches.
A week ago at Strikeforce Challengers on Showtime there was a great fight between Tyrone Woodley and Nathan Coy, but in the second round Coy kept clinching Woodley up against the cage and was working him over with strikes to the body and knees to Woodley's thighs, but the dumb referee would only ever give Coy about 20-30 seconds before he'd break up the clinch even though Coy was repeatedly landing powerful strikes from the position. Coy ended up losing a split decision because two judges scored the second round for Woodley...
So in all likelihood the referee cost Coy the biggest win of his career, and who knows what else down the line since that loss might be the difference between Coy being able to afford to train full time and having to keep holding down a regular job to pay his bills. This kind of thing happens all the time and it's ridiculous.
Personally, I wasn't keen on the break-ups that we saw in the Evans-Rampage fight--maybe we were going to need them anyway, but I thought they were a little early, and it seemed like the referee was letting the crowd affect his decisions--but on the other hand we definitely should have had more break-ups in the Couture-Vera fight, because you shouldn't let a guy just stall the way Randy was at times.
As for the rest of the fight, what stood out to me was that Rampage was doing the same thing he did against Jardine and Forrest which led to him looking pretty inert and ineffective against them: he was just standing there, not engaging, and waiting for an opportunity to launch a big counterpunch. I don't really know what he's thinking because he used to be a much more dynamic fighter who could stand at a distance and box while still being aggressive, or could move inside and bust guys up in the clinch, or even slam them on their head and then work some ground and pound. But these days, all he seems to want to do is sit back and wait for the chance to uncork one big counterpunch, and as long as he keeps doing that, he's going to keep turning in disappointing performances like he did last night.
All in all, I thought it was a great night of fights, and I made bank betting on some of those underdogs too.