Posted by Copenhagen
I think it's best in a way for Rampage. Juanito offered Rampage pure boxing in a hybrid sport. It was very noticeable to me in the Forrest fight. Rampage kept to his boxing stance the whole fight, and was unable to check Forrest's kicks. Juanito is great at what he does, but he too needs to adapt his training more towards MMA.
I agree. There's no denying the combinations and head movement Jackson displayed in that fight, but his overall MMA standup game was lacking. His stance was straight up and down with a slight lean on the back foot. It's a big part of the reason why he couldn't check the leg kicks and also why he couldn't maintain the punching exchange distance IMO. Props for the observation.
BTW- In Jackson and Ibarra's defense Forrest has never shown impressive leg kicks throughout the whole range of the body before that fight IMO. He's thrown them, but he mostly pit patted with boxing standup before.