Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight knockout artists Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Anthony Smith met at the UFC Fight Night 134 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg last night (22 July 2018).
Rua's Reward Over The past few years are one of the least anticipated of all time, but the Brazilian has legitimately improved his defense and made some solid wins. Against a colleague with a hard dangling Rua's patience and control were tested, although that does not mean that Rua had no chance even in a brawl.
Smith's second UFC appearance has proven to be a breath of fresh air for his career, as "Lionheart" has never been better. Like Rua, Smith solved some of his defense problems later in his career and the results were violence. In addition, Smith jumped to 205 pounds, a move he could quickly take this opportunity against a top 1
The two trudged toward each other, both men trying to land low kicks and backlashes. Smith's leading hand came together well early on, and a front kick of the bigger fighter hit his opponent's chin. Rua tried to react with aggression, but neither of them had really found their reach, which favored the longer man.
Rua's blows were missed while Smith's shots landed. Quickly found a hard, right hand of the American his tracks, weakened Rua's knee and sent him back. Smith did not waste the opportunity, fluttering wildly and landing big shots as Rua hurried back. The Brazilian collided with the fence, more punches and a hard elbow bounced against his jaw, and the referee called to fight, while a completely unconscious "shogun" Rua somehow managed to alternately back and forth.
Everything went Smith's way. His opponent tried to lead, but the significant difference in length meant that Smith's early counterattacks landed much better. After this first frontal bump that rattled Rua, Smith kept his activity high, never leaving his veteran in battle again.
Whenever Smith hit, he landed. Whenever Rua hit, Smith landed.
Once "Shogun" was injured, Smith showed his world-class instinct. He pursued Rua with an absurd amount of violence and left Rua no choice but to flee. Rua tried, but he hit the fence and got no pardon. As a result, Smith is now a top 10 light heavyweight, and maybe a showdown with fellow UFC Hamburg winner Corey Anderson would make sense next.
As far as Rua is concerned, his strategy made no sense to me. Pressure on the longer man may be the usual answer in MMA, but this only works with a healthy amount of feint, mixed beats with speed and changing punches – or a heavy wrestling plan. Rua did not use it, but was still under pressure and the result was a quick KO loss.
Even in the recent battles – the Hector Lombard and Andrew Sanchez battles – his adversaries found great success the lanky man stepped forward. "Shogun" had the ability to try that strategy, and it's a shame he did not.
Last night, Anthony Smith scored the biggest win of his career. What's next for & # 39; lionheart? & # 39;
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