ok, i have watched a recording of UFC 167 yesterday and even though it is very unlike me, i forwarded straight to the semi main event and the main event. i might write about the semi main event later, but for now let’s stick to the main event, as this seems to be the event every UFC fan is talking about at the moment.
before i start, let me say that i think that Hendricks looked better and that george’s performance was weak by his standards. i was very disappointed about the whole fight, not only george, but also Johny. it was a huge thrill until the very last second, when it came to the outcome, but it just wasn’t good fighting to look at.
nevertheless, a lot of people that complain about the outcome seem to miss a couple of points.
1) this is a professional sport, not a pub brawl. yes, if it was the latter, then Hendricks for sure would have won. it is not, though and there is a established point system in place, which has been installed exactly for those kind of decisions. 2 rounds clearly went to Hendricks, because he simply dominated in every way, period. nevertheless for example the round where Hendricks got taken down 3 times and george defended Hendricks‘ takedowns clearly went to george. takedown attempts and takedown defense both get huge points. i have seen fights where my fave beat his opponent up and went out of the fight completely fresh while his opponent ended up with a bloody face, but my fave got taken down like 15 times and immediately got back up again and lost the decision.
2) also there was one round (3rd? 4th?), where george landed the majority of punches and Hendricks did hardly hit any. yes, Hendricks hit harder, but seriously how do you want to put that into a point system? soft hit 1 point, medium hit 2 points, hard hit 3 points, superhard hit 5 points? this is not Streetfighter turbo. each and every decision would become even more debatable. that one went to george as well.
3) so, in my humble opinion it all came down to the 5th round and that one was pretty close. in my eyes it could have gotten either way.
4) Hendricks made a big deal out of showing that he feels superior. smiling and dancing around and all that Clubber Lang crap. well, then why not put all that energy in the fight and finish george? Hendricks obviously had enough energy left to show off, then would not be a pro about it and finish george? after the fight he has done his best to act like he was completely fresh, so what is he complaining about? he could have put everything into it. he didn’t. he lost. by decision. bummer. why is that? was that his game plan? maybe he wasn’t so convinced that he could finish george after all. we all know how much tactics there is in MMA. everyone that has ever followed Bispin for a while should understand.
5) NEVER LEAVE IT TO THE JUDGES. there is a reason why dana stresses this so many occasion. let’s be honest, we have all be angry at judges at one time, because we were convinced our fave won, but the judges saw it differently. nevertheless, they have the final say, so as a fighter you can bitch and moan all you want, it is not up to you.
6) being a pro about it. if you lost, then you lost. be a professional, show the sports, the art and your opponent the professional courtesy that it/him/her deserves. in every martial arts one of the first thing you learn is, to bow down to your opponent, the audience, which includes your trainer and the judges. first acting like you are all superior and don’t put everything you have into the fight, is nothing but bitch behavior. then, not accepting the judges decision makes it worse. moaning about the outcome and claiming that you have been wrongfully robbed of the belt just adds insult to injury. if you are angry, step out of the ring, go home and hope for a rematch. or, if you insist of being a good sport, stay in the ring, use the good ole „tough fight, close decision, congrats to my opponent, i’ll be back“ routine.