Posted by Sir_Karl
I'll bring in another factor. Did anyone think the fight was stopped a tad bit too early? I sure did. This was hyped to be the biggest fight in MMA history and the ref dives in after a few punches. In certain situations the refs let a fighter in a non important match get pounded brutally for what seems like an eternity and Sonnen gets hit a few times and it's over. I don't know.
I thought the stoppage was early. I know the ref is right there in the ring and can see and or hear things that we can't but we've all seen fights that look like they should be stopped but aren't and then the guy that was getting smashed comes back and wins. It would have been better (IMO) if the ref would have let it go a bit longer.
Anderson did fight dirty and anyone that isn't acknowledging that is silly. I doubt any of it changes the outcome but that's the problem...we can't know. Holding the shorts like that when you are smashed up against the cage helps you keep the undertook and takes leverage away from the take down attempt. I hate when fighters intentionally break rules during a fight. when they do something by instinct (like grab the cage) but then realize it and quickly stop I understand but to blatantly cheat is wack.
I didn't care who won. I just wanted to see a good fight. I was hoping to see Anderson challenged and I was hoping to see a different Anderson. I think I did but I was disappointed with the Anderson that showed up. It's hard to hold it against him because I'm sure Chael's comedy trash talking truly had offended him...i just hoped it would bring out an Anderson that blew my mind with his skills (like the fight with Griffin but more aggressive) rather than an Anderson that found ways to fight dirty. It seemed to me like he practiced cheating rather than work like crazy on effectively and legally defending the take down.
I would be happy to see them go at it again with out all the trash talk this time but I doubt that will happen. Anderson doesn't have many fights left on current contract, there are new guys coming up and then he has some potential big money fights outside of his weight class. Chael will probably need to get back in line if he wants another crack at Anderson.