Under UFC fick vi se fjäderviktsmästaren Max Holloway göra sin lättviktsdebut när han mötte Dustin Poirer i en returmöte om interimbältet, under galans huvudmatch. Mötet sluttade dessvärre med en förlust via ett enhälligt domslut för den hawaiianske mästaren Holloway, som innan detta hade 13 raka vinster.
Holloway hade definitivt sina ögonblick i mötet, men många ansåg att storleksskillnaden mellan de två spelade stor roll för Holoways chanser.
Tränaren Firas Zahabi håller inte helt med och menar att Dustin helt enkelt var den bättre fightern i denna matchen.
Poirier fought smart, and Holloway fought with his heart.
Holloway fought blood and guts, he fought with his heart. So did Poirier, but he fought with heart and brains. He was just more strategic than Holloway. He was playing the game, whereas Holloway was trying to win with pure heart and grit.
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Zahabi menar även att Holloway inte riktigt var sitt vanliga jag i matchen och att det var det som ledde till hans första förlust sedan 2013.
It was a poor choice. I thought he could have done better. He forgot to move his feet, he forgot to move his head, he forgot to parry. He forgot all these things. Why? Because he was too busy egging on Poirier to hit him.
And Poirier was more than willing to hit him. He landed the more powerful strikes, the cleanest strikes, and Poirier was more defensively responsible, he said. Let’s just be honest, at the end of the day, Holloway was defensively irresponsible.
I love the guy and I admire him as a fighter. I think he’s one of the greats. He’s gonna go into the Hall-of-Fame. The man is a brilliant fighter. He just, in my opinion, got too much in the heat of battle. It happens. It happens to the best fighters. The man is a brilliant fighter, however, Dustin was strategically superior.
I felt that Holloway was getting hit by the same shots and was not adjusting. He didn’t really kick too much, and I just feel like he was boxing with a really good boxer, where he should have been kicking and kneeing and elbowing. I just felt that he had to mix it up more, use his other tools.
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