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Some say Derrick Lewis was lucky against Curtis Blaydes According to others, there is no such thing as a lucky punch When it comes to heavyweights, it’s all the same

Is Derrick Lewis’s KO against Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 185 just one example? There are two ways to look at it: one from each man’s point of view. From Lewis’s point of view, such luck was not involved He saw or anticipated Blaydes moving in for the withdrawal, one of the most effective types of punches to counter a takedown attempt, then hammered more nails into Blaydes’ coffin for good measure

From Blaydes’ perspective Lewis was lucky to start with a takedown Lewis wasn’t beating Blaydes on the toes If luck is hit or miss isn’t Lewis so lucky that Blaydes decides to make a withdrawal? If luck is random, what distinguishes a knockout strike as less luck driven than the error that caused it? Maybe we’re too far down the rabbit hole here ‘What’s wrong with you? Lewis threw a punch He landed Blaydes lost Stop trying to pursue a story that doesn’t exist just because it’s a slow news day “

On the contrary, what happened this weekend is part of the great heavyweight tradition of chaos. Perhaps you thought Randy Couture could beat Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 But did you think it would be his reach of 6’1 ​​against 6’8 from Sylvia that would have allowed him to land the right punch at the right time? What defined the “UFC vs. Pride” rivalry more than the chaos of seeing an elite striker like Mirko Filipovic knocked out by an elite grappler like Gabriel Gonzaga? When the Common Era’s greatest heavyweight finally lost (no disrespect, Tsuyoshi Kosaka), it was against a jiu-jitsu ace who was a skinny 2-2 in the UFC and had no had a lot of impact in Pride

I don’t pick and choose Look at heavyweight history, compared to all other divisions No division has seen the title change more hands than heavyweights And since we’re on the subject of chaos, consider how the title changed hands: Bas Rutten’s injuries, Couture’s contract dispute, Josh Barnett and Sylvia with the least flattering but juiciest physique, Frank Mir’s motorcycle injuries, the inclusion of a pro wrestler (no disrespect, Brock Lesnar)

It might make it look like it takes away Lewis’s victory – that I am arguing Lewis beat Blaydes because he threw a “lucky” punch This is a sensible conclusion What could I deduce else? If Lewis threw a lucky punch to beat Blaydes, it must follow that Lewis won the fight with a lucky punch

I disagree I think it was a lucky punch that landed because so many conditions had to be met for this to happen in the first place However, attributing a landing to luck and a directly resulting victory are not mutually dependent. Who can say Lewis wouldn’t have landed the same punch later? Who can say Lewis didn’t time all the time, and if Blaydes had left for the takedown earlier, Blaydes would have been knocked out sooner?

This may seem like a meaningless digression from semantics and philosophy Who do you think you are – Daniel Dennett? Except that this very discussion is central to determining how to achieve the greatest achievements in most professional sports: the idea that finding tactics that have a higher likelihood of working more frequently is more important than finding tactics that have a higher likelihood of working more frequently. use tactics that only work intermittently (distinguishing climate from weather, in other words)

Blaydes looked like the best fighter How come the best fighter doesn’t always win? Well that’s the great thing about heavyweights It’s the great thing about Lewis’ victory It would be nice to have some stability It would be nice to see sophisticated stats come in handy in the world of MMA, if only to give us more information But it’s reality for the heavyweights The fights are already volatile enough that even the keenest interaction of game plans can seem tenuous It makes sense that the more weight we add, the weaker the foundation There is no safe ground in this division

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World News – FI – Editorial: For Derrick Lewis, a lucky punch doesn’t mean a lucky win

Source: https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/2/22/22294053/editorial-heavyweight-lucky-punch-lucky-win-derrick-lewis-curtis-blaydes