Via OnlineFightVideo.com, an interesting style matchup.
While we should (but won’t) all agree that the style debates are old and irrelevant, I’d like to take a different tack: what can we learn from this? I’m going to ask that you add your thoughts into the comments, and I’ll try to summarize in this post in a few days. Wide open…
Thanks for the comments on this one. I thought it was interesting in that the TKD guy seemed to be in more control. Specific thoughts:
1) Fried chicken tub hats with steam don't really help your fighting ability, but do make for an interesting entrance.
2) The KB fighter was at a definite disadvantage on the outside. It would have been to his benefit to close, move laterally, and punch more effectively, as opposed to clinching, which moves them back to the kicking range on breaks. Bad tactics.
3) KB boy also tried to match kicks with TKD Timmy (not sure of his name, but this works). Not smart.
4) The groin can be a very, very good target against a high kicker. So can the legs. The best tactic against a high kicker is to target the lower body, which makes the kicks come way down quick, or the testes will be moved up into the trunk. I actually thought leg kicks must have been against the rules until both fighters started using them at roughly 2:00. Why wait?
5) High kicks can be extremely effective, but must be used sparingly. Neither fighter developed a pattern of techniques that created openings. They are also risky. Several high kick misses put TKD Timmy on his hands and knees and back, and as Worg says, you go there on the street, you're F***ed. True!
6) Both fighters had their hands low in range, and that's just stupid.
7) Neither fighter used an effective lead. I think I saw one good jab in the entire fight. Against better opposition either of them would be toast with their wide punches and kicks.
8) Both of these guys help us explain why MMA is so popular. When the clinch happens, as it does so frequently in boxing, kickboxing, and even TKD, it becomes boring for spectators. MMA starts at that point, in my opinion. It forces action, instead of being a delaying tactic.
9) The spinning backfist should be used more. Even without aiming, it's a force to be reckoned with - it has to be defended or you will get knocked out. It can be thrown blind and still be effective.
10) As Mr. Zimmer said so well, “I think that the style does not make as much difference as the fighter... from any discipline a good fighter can learn about other disciplines and overcome stylistic differences.” Well said. I’ll leave it at that!