j4remi wrote:My DVR isn't working so my memories of the fights are based on a drunken haze (usually I watch 'em back in the morning) but some of my quick takes from memory...
- Rose is just tailor made to smack up Joanna. I need to see how she handles one of the wrestlers, Andrade or Gadelha, before I can decide if this is the start of a run or the beginning of title hot potato. I also think Karolina is styled perfectly to challenge Rose and already has a win against her, so that's intriguing too.
- On the Karolina tip, her clinch work is just great. It wins her fights over and over again. Felice is legit too, she gave a hell of a fight to one of the better contenders in the division.
- Magomedsharipov is a name everyone will remember now. Hell of a fight, dude is a stud and I just hope the UFC doesn't push him too far too fast. Let this cat develop and work his way up the ladder, he could be a star.
- Al has a ton of heart. His jab was able to force Khabib to shoot from distance all night and his low stance allowed him to sprawl repeatedly...I could imagine both Max and Tony looking for a guillotine in that instance and he wouldn't get away with that chin so high on either of them. This was an absolutely dominant performance but thanks to Al being tough and not quitting, we may have gotten to see a bit of the blueprint to beat this monster Khabib. I need to rewatch it though because I'm off memory and highlights, so this may be drunken hyperbole typed over a hangover.
I guess you weren't as drunk as you thought. Agreed on the future matchups for Rose. Gadehla and Andrade will be very interesting. Karolina was exceptional last night. She threw some great combinations out of the clinch like you said.
Lots of respect for the Long Island boy, Al Iaquinta. Big heart and a tough guy. His reaction as the decision was being read was priceless.