Posted by Jackelope
I pretty much figured Aldo would go in there and absolutely tool Urijah. Which he basically did.
It's too bad. Urijah is definitely one of the cream of the crop old school MMA fighters but guys like Aldo are the new up and coming badasses who will eventually take this sport over.
As good as Urijah is he's relied on his athleticism, hard work, and creativity to get him through fights. Nowadays you're going to have to have all three of those plus sound fundamental technique. When it comes to standup Urijah just simply doesn't have that sound technique.
I agree, although I still like Faber in a match with any FW not named Aldo or Brown.
Faber has all the skill in the world on the ground, but he has always been wild standing up, letting his speed make up for his defensive failings. Last night we saw what happens when he was matched up against someone just as fast as him but with striking technique (both offensive and defensive) among the best out there.
On the other hand, I think you could count the number of people in mma who could check Aldo's kicks on one hand. Even if Faber had better fundamentals in his defensive striking, I don't think solid fundamentals stops those kicks. it is going to take an elite muay thai fighter with fast reflexes to stop Aldo from treating his leg like he is kicking a 50 yd field goal. At first, it looked like Faber was trying to keep that left leg up to be ready to check or evade the kick, but that ended when Aldo just swept his other leg. Then Faber kept trying to catch them, but those kicks happened so fast from the time they are launched until Aldo is back in position that it became obvious very quickly that catching one of those kicks and stopping Aldo's follow through wasn't going to happen.