cowboyronnie wrote:That is not the old Rory, c'mon. Rory used to push guys back and be relentless with long punches and a foward push. Here, he was just feinting and messing around, throwing the occasional counter. There's no reason to let a Gracie have the middle of the cage.
Boggles to think anyone thinks this is Rory still at his peak. Go watch a highlight. He used to have his teeth gritted, pushing into the pocket with his jab and landing combos. Compare the Travis Bickle Rory to the Oh Shucks, Ma Rory we saw last night.
I’ve watched all of his fights. Him and Mousasi are my two favourites, I never said this was peak Rory but he isn’t some washed up fighter that people make him out to be. This guy is still very much a top WW and we can’t discredit his resume now that he’s at Bellator either.
In fact, his worst performance was his last Ufc fight, but this is another reason why I love Rory. Master class performance and people will still find a way to hate and pull out the narrative that he’s not at his peak...
Guess what? Rory not at his peak is still a top 5 WW. He’s just no longer the best one. And yes, there was a time that he was. He’s about to be 30 after fighting since 17, natural regression is expected.
You telling me to watch his old fights yet you don’t realize this was a throwback to his performance against Maia who also had his back. Nieman is a good fighter who beat Ed Ruth, a terrific grappler in his own right. Do you realize how impressive that was that Rory was able to shut him down like that?
His post fight conference shed a lot of light on his approach too. It’s a tournament, you can’t go out there and fight like The Red King every bout, you’ll fall apart. He also re-injured his elbow from the Fitch fight.
I’m not sure why you expecting Rory to fight like that in a tourney. He couldn’t extend during gnp because Neiman was active and he didn’t want to get swept and fall into submission. Rory is still very calculated.
When you consider the context, this was a top 5 performance of his amazing career. Jesus Rory still not to be **** with
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