IT’S always interesting to hear how a fight was played out from the point of view of the participant. As spectators we have a different perspective of a fight, and as such, can even have varying versions even though we are watching the same fight.
More so if you are watching it on television with some commentary thrown in because unwittingly our frame of reference is affected by what the commentator is telling us about what is going on.
This is the justification offered as to why ringside judges often turn in scorecards that have us scratching our heads in disbelief. Perspective is also the rationale behind the positioning of ringside judges who sit across each other, purportedly to provide varying points of view on the fight.
MCGREGOR. Just yesterday, Conor McGregor took to social media to submit his own account of how his fight against Khabib Nurmagedov at UFC 229 played out.
“Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted... From a fight standpoint, the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and willingness to engage...
Round 2. He is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round and fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played.
If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now.
No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again.
Lessons.... Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. .... I must take my own advice.
Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round.
Round 4...... Here, however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back and I end up beaten fair and square.
What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared.”
THOUGHTS. What do you think about his summation of the fight? Send me an email and let’s exchange thoughts. To me it’s honest and interesting but once again McGregor presents himself as a study of contrasts.
LAST ROUND. It’s on Aloha Navarro who celebrates her birthday this week. Cheers!
October 23, 2018
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