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Wizardman

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UFC 281.....wow

Chandler/Porier was the fight most expected it would be. For a guy that has a lot of losses since coming into the UFC, Chandler have been competitive and has had his chances to win every fight that he has been involved in. He knocked the stuffing out of Porier on the feet....than for some reason, he decided to take it to the ground when the momentum changed. He is not the brightest fighter on the roster but full credit to Porier. I get the feeling both will have to wait in the queue for a title shot though.


Esparza/Welli: Most expected a change of hands title wise.....and that is what we got. I think Welli could occupy top spot for some time.

Izzy/ Peirara: I expected a boring fight similar to the Izzy/Cannonier fight.....I was so glad to be wrong. When it comes to fighting Izzy, size does matter. He was up on points before the 5th round....but never looked truly comfortable for the whole fight. Great fight from both.
 

Valheru

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UFC 281.....wow

Chandler/Porier was the fight most expected it would be. For a guy that has a lot of losses since coming into the UFC, Chandler have been competitive and has had his chances to win every fight that he has been involved in. He knocked the stuffing out of Porier on the feet....than for some reason, he decided to take it to the ground when the momentum changed. He is not the brightest fighter on the roster but full credit to Porier. I get the feeling both will have to wait in the queue for a title shot though.


Esparza/Welli: Most expected a change of hands title wise.....and that is what we got. I think Welli could occupy top spot for some time.

Izzy/ Peirara: I expected a boring fight similar to the Izzy/Cannonier fight.....I was so glad to be wrong. When it comes to fighting Izzy, size does matter. He was up on points before the 5th round....but never looked truly comfortable for the whole fight. Great fight from both.
That Poirier/Chandler fight is what MMA is about, what a pair of warriors. Agree with your point re: Chandler and his fight IQ, he didn't need to take Poirier down in the 3rd and he slipped over the top of him and gave up his back. I personally thought Chandler was the better fighter throughout and had it 20-17 going in tot he 3rd, if that 2nd round wasn't 10-8 then I don't know what is. The judges disagree though and had it 19-19.

It goes without saying Perreira is a major issue for Izzy. The bloke made Izzy who is a tall middleweight look small. Izzy brought it to him though and was winning 3-1 on all 3 scorecards. Not sure why Izzy even engaged int he 5th TBH, he should have just stayed out of reach. It opens the division right up though because we have that weird UFC math where Perreira has it over Izzy but I rekcon Whittaker and Vettori take Perreira to the ground and beat him.

In other news, Islam/Volk confirmed for Perth and they have also confirmed an interim FW title fight between Yair and Emmett.
 

Smug Panther

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That Poirier/Chandler fight is what MMA is about, what a pair of warriors. Agree with your point re: Chandler and his fight IQ, he didn't need to take Poirier down in the 3rd and he slipped over the top of him and gave up his back. I personally thought Chandler was the better fighter throughout and had it 20-17 going in tot he 3rd, if that 2nd round wasn't 10-8 then I don't know what is. The judges disagree though and had it 19-19.

It goes without saying Perreira is a major issue for Izzy. The bloke made Izzy who is a tall middleweight look small. Izzy brought it to him though and was winning 3-1 on all 3 scorecards. Not sure why Izzy even engaged int he 5th TBH, he should have just stayed out of reach. It opens the division right up though because we have that weird UFC math where Perreira has it over Izzy but I rekcon Whittaker and Vettori take Perreira to the ground and beat him.

In other news, Islam/Volk confirmed for Perth and they have also confirmed an interim FW title fight between Yair and Emmett.
Hate bullshit fake interim belts and Yair sure as hell doesn't deserve it. Neither have anything for Volk
 

shiznit

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That Poirier/Chandler fight is what MMA is about, what a pair of warriors. Agree with your point re: Chandler and his fight IQ, he didn't need to take Poirier down in the 3rd and he slipped over the top of him and gave up his back. I personally thought Chandler was the better fighter throughout and had it 20-17 going in tot he 3rd, if that 2nd round wasn't 10-8 then I don't know what is. The judges disagree though and had it 19-19.

It goes without saying Perreira is a major issue for Izzy. The bloke made Izzy who is a tall middleweight look small. Izzy brought it to him though and was winning 3-1 on all 3 scorecards. Not sure why Izzy even engaged int he 5th TBH, he should have just stayed out of reach. It opens the division right up though because we have that weird UFC math where Perreira has it over Izzy but I rekcon Whittaker and Vettori take Perreira to the ground and beat him.

In other news, Islam/Volk confirmed for Perth and they have also confirmed an interim FW title fight between Yair and Emmett.
Bit late on this… been away in the bush… 😂

yup I agree with this… I think he cautiously had it won but it was always on a knife edge…

Ive seen people complain about the stoppage… I think Goddard stopped Izzy from getting hurt worse IMO…
 

Jono078

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No issues with the stoppage. It would have led to unnecessary damage with the next few.
Absolutely great fight. I’ve never been so heartbroken for a fighter after a loss. He was winning and then to go down practically the same way as previous fight, wow. That’s gonna be one heck of a demon to overcome. Especially since he was maybe 10 seconds away from closing the book in the first round.
 

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