the event that most changed how you perceived a certain fighter .

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POLL: what changed your impression the most of a fighter ?
lyotos dimnence over rashad (the impresive ko power and killer instinct ) 18% (11)
gsps amazing abilitty to take out alvez in such impressive fashion , despite a groin injur 5% (3)
randy couture coming out of retirement to move to hw and dethrone the huge tim sylvia 17% (10)
lesnar s dominance of mir on the ground at 100 18% (11)
a.silvas impressive striking performance against forrest . 22% (13)
mir dominance in striking vs nog and being the first to finish him (tko) 20% (12)
thunderstruck
8/10/09 12:26:16AM
just curious on what occurences most changed how you perceived a fighter ? ...



...my pick was mirs crisp striking and ability to finsh nog with strikes when no one else ever could .
telnights
8/10/09 12:45:02AM
Mine would be Andersons KO of Forrest. I knew Anderson had great striking but he made a guy that has very good stand up, crisp striking, and solid fundamentals look like a guy off the street.
Boo_Radley21
8/10/09 1:24:04AM

Posted by telnights

Mine would be Andersons KO of Forrest. I knew Anderson had great striking but he made a guy that has very good stand up, crisp striking, and solid fundamentals look like a guy off the street.



Anderson Silva really surprised me.
scobac
8/10/09 1:28:18AM

Posted by Boo_Radley21


Posted by telnights

Mine would be Andersons KO of Forrest. I knew Anderson had great striking but he made a guy that has very good stand up, crisp striking, and solid fundamentals look like a guy off the street.



Anderson Silva really surprised me.



Andersons bobbing and weaving with grace and arogance with the pin point striking really reminded me of Ali, who I believe is the greastest boxer of all time, and that really says something about Anderson, I was thoroughly impressed with a guy I didnt think could impress me anymore than he already has.
Wolfenstein
8/10/09 3:32:33AM
I was pretty sold on the ability of everyone listed except for Lesnar. I wasn't sure if he could dominate a solid submission specialist on the ground, but he controlled Mir. Controlled the hips and the head--that's pretty much a wrap, not to mention his extraordinary use of his physical assets. Very impressed by how quickly he's improving.
CanadianCripplr
8/10/09 11:46:09PM

Posted by thunderstruck

just curious on what occurences most changed how you perceived a fighter ? ...


...my pick was mirs crisp striking and ability to finsh nog with strikes when no one else ever could .



I think that fight is a throw out. Nog was so sick with infection there was no way he could win. Many pros said he had no right to fight in that condition. He will be much improved for his next imo.
I was starting to think maybe Silva was beatable tho I wasnt convinced Forrest was the guy but after that fightim thinkin hes not losing anytime soon....
george112
8/10/09 11:53:33PM
when fedor whooped herrings ass.

looked at fedor after that as the best


Edit: sorry totally missed the poll choices
thunderstruck
8/10/09 11:53:48PM

Posted by CanadianCripplr


Posted by thunderstruck

just curious on what occurences most changed how you perceived a fighter ? ...


...my pick was mirs crisp striking and ability to finsh nog with strikes when no one else ever could .



I think that fight is a throw out. Nog was so sick with infection there was no way he could win. Many pros said he had no right to fight in that condition. He will be much improved for his next imo.
I was starting to think maybe Silva was beatable tho I wasnt convinced Forrest was the guy but after that fightim thinkin hes not losing anytime soon.... [/QUOTE


i dont think you can throw out the fight because of that . if that was the case , 80 percent of the fights weve seen would have been postponed due to injury etc . he took the fight , he had to think he could fight threw it or it wouldnt have happened .]
higdon10
8/10/09 11:54:46PM
I voted Silva destroying Forrest, but Captain America's win over Sylvia is a very close runner up.
mshalosky
8/11/09 12:03:34AM
i think the reason all of u are choosing silva over forrest is because it is a very recent fight. The most impressive has to be brock controlling a legit black belt who at the time was the number 2 heavyweight in the world. Or Mir detroying nog i know everyone says that nog was sick but looking at his fights against silvia and herring i dont think he looked any better in those fights
State_Champ
8/11/09 8:39:16AM
I always thought Couture was great but his performance from retirement was amazing to me.

I think the two fights that really changed my perceptions of fighters the most were Lesnar s Mir II and Evans vs Machida.
copcopps
8/11/09 9:20:45AM
Lyoto showing everybody the KO on Silva wasn't a fluke
emfleek
8/11/09 9:25:03AM
Evans/Liddell
Brown/Faber 2
Sylvia/Mercer
kaskd
8/12/09 5:27:06AM
Houston Alexander getting KO'd by Thiago Silva. It made me realize how bad Alexander really was. Before you all start saying you all knew how bad he was go think back to that time. He just KO'd Keith Jardine, and then Alessio Sakara, 2 prime stand up fighters at the time (still now for Jardine).
hippysmacker
8/12/09 6:15:51AM
It would have to be Mir for me. I always thought Mir a pedestrian striker, and Nog as the guy who would never get finished. I also thought Mir had only about a 10% chance in the fight at the time. Only Randys 5 round dominance of Sylvia surprised me anywhere near as much.GSP , Lesnar and Anderson I expected. Lyoto's KO was something I was afraid would happen, but was hoping against.
CagesideMMA
8/12/09 2:40:51PM
The first time that Anderson Silva fought Rich Franklin.

Here was Rich Franklin, an awesome fighter and the reigning UFC Middleweight Champ. Along comes Silva who completely dominates Franklin with devastating knees. That fight literally freaked me out. That someone was so good that he could take down a champion with such ease.
jawbreaker517
8/12/09 11:56:18PM
Mine was actually Forrest running. Damn, pay some hommage. The build-up to the fight, I read Forrest's book. All he talked about in the book was being manly. That should've been the no. 1 most unmanly thing on the list- Running after you get knocked out. That s@!# was straight silly looking. I am an advocate of Forrest's scrappy style and all, but really disrespectful towards Anderson.
zephead
8/13/09 1:23:10PM
Franklin vs. Silva. I did not think that Franklin could go 3 rounds in a allout brawl with someone like Wandy. He ha a had a couple of dogfights, manily his fight with Tanner at UFC 53, but Evan isn't a striker on par with Wandy.
thunderstruck
8/13/09 4:52:06PM
with only 3 votes difference from 4th to 1st , its safe to say i made a good poll . thanks for everyone who particapated .very objective forum with intelligent posters . you guys rule /,
placente
8/13/09 4:58:51PM
for me it was GSP VS PENN II, i thought Bj would at least give gps some problems and make it a back and forth fight, but GSP just flat out beat him down, and dominated him. I mean BJ is a monster, and seeing him getting beat and taken down with ease by GSP was just an eye opener of how good is GSP.
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