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Monday, February 14, 2011

FIGHTS - Rant: Fedor got hosed...

"Battle of the non-english speaking heavyweights"

In my opinion, Fedor got hosed at the StrikeForce show on Saturday night.  Going into the 3rd round, the doctor said the fight needed to be stopped.  Because Fedor's eye was swelling.  No blood.  Just swelling.

Silva was gassed, having tried to put Fedor away with no success.  He said his "skill and speed" beat Fedor, not his size.  That's garbage because three times, three times, Silva could have finished him with science.  But he couldn't get it done with the squirrely Fedor.  

Granted, the way Silva went about winning (top mount and flailing fists down on your opponent) is one of the many ways you can win.  But to allow the doctor to stop the fight during a prestigious heavyweight tourney and end a career of one of the top heavyweights in the world is garbage.

Fedor was hurt.  Silva was out of gas.  It was a fight.  They needed to finish it.

They were not allowed to.  Silva got off.

Don't get me wrong, I love MMA.  I picked up UFC II at the video store years ago and was hooked.  In fact, I love all combat sports, and respect the fighters immensely. 

But to put things in perspective, I want to remind you of the Pacquiao/Cotto fight.  Cotto's eye was swelling, indeed.  Bloody, in fact.  He was asked if he wanted to stop the fight.  He said no, and had the chance to go back out, fight, and go out on his shield.  Which he did.

It's a shame Fedor didn't get a chance to do the same thing.

And with that fact, that is one of the reasons boxing will always be superior to MMA in my eyes.

Boxing and pro-wrestling.

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