9/09/2009 1:57pm, #31
Legal shmeegal. It's not about the technical legality of the wild-ass punch the guy threw, it's the honor and sportsmanship factor.
In my opinion Boxing, Grappling and MMA should be contests between 2 competitors to determine who has the best skills. This type of act degrades an honorable contest and respectful gesture into "who can get away with the most within the confines of the rules".
At least in this instance the spirit of the sport is more important than the technical rules by which it is governed.
9/09/2009 1:58pm, #32
If the sporting event has started and you're not defending whatever your opponent is supposed to be doing, you deserve what you get.
I don't know if there's an equivalent in grappling but how would you react if someone pulled the same **** with you?
9/09/2009 1:59pm, #33
9/09/2009 2:08pm, #34
Fouls exist in every sport, as do the methods to pull them off "legally." But regardless of the technical legality, I think all of us as competitors can still sanely described them as FOULS.
9/09/2009 2:17pm, #35
That **** isn't comparable in the slightest. If I'm out there trying to "respect" my opponent after the match started, I deserve to be nailed with whatever legal technique he can put me through the floor with.
Guys, if fighters had half as much honor and commitment towards a clean athletic competition as you seem to think they do, we wouldn't need refs.
9/09/2009 2:21pm, #36
Legal yes. Won the fight, yes. Won the audience? Not really would definitely be an understatement. Entertained the audience? To some small degree, since audiences enjoy a good booing every now and then. Showed great skills? The arrow points to: No. Gained prestige the hearts of match makers / agents / guys calling the shots on these events? Not likely. Did this improve his chances for having a high profile career? Most likely no.
Shortsighted, unsportsmanlike, stupid, shitty way to win. But I guess all he cares about is his record, so it's OK.Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
9/09/2009 2:21pm, #37
9/09/2009 2:32pm, #38
I don't care if it's not out of place, doesn't make it one iota smarter.
9/09/2009 3:04pm, #39
I just think the guy did himself and the sport a disservice by feinting a sign of respect and throwing a haymaker. Legal but fucking lame. Just like spitting on the opposition after you win a match. It's unsportsmanlike and bad for the image of any sport.
Not every competitor is an ambassador for the sport, but these types of assholes sure make it hard for the rest of us.
A little like cranking a heel hook on fast and hard and intentionally breaking someone's ankle before the ref has time to intervene. Unnecessary and lame, but strictly speaking it's legal.
9/09/2009 3:14pm, #40