Originally Posted by Jonlion
Another two rounds and I think Alves would of beat Story. He done a marvellous job though and won the first two to give him credit.
Agree on your other points though.
Originally Posted by VCURamFan
Well, maybe, but Rick was training for a 3 round fight. That'd be like having a baseball team lose 5-4 & then saying "well, if we had 3 more innings, we would have beat them!" The only way we'll know if Thiago would have been able to win in a 5 round fight is if they had actually gone that long.
I didn't understand why Rick's coach told him after the 1st round that bit about "we're not going to finish him in the 2nd....in the 3rd"--why not finish him earlier if you have the chance?
I agree, we don't know if Alves would have won with another two rounds, but I was really concerned by the start of the 3rd round when Rick looked like he was getting tired and Alves looked more energetic. I'm just glad Rick won!
Btw, hasn't Matt said before that he trains like he's going to be fighting five rounds all the time...that's how all of them should train. IMO