yodelling wrote:Great fight, I don't know why some would be so interested in whose "fault" it was for the outcome...
First thing worth mentioning is that Bisping messed up the title picture royally with his Henderson/GSP fights. Yoel should've gotten the shot ages ago against Bisping, and we wouldn't be caught in the mess we're at right now. So the win is more than deserved, and it's a huge pity he missed weight and didn't get a strap.
As for the fight, Rockhold came out with the plan to take Romero's legs out, which was actually a super smart strategy and actually worked for the first round, but he may have hit his shin on Romero's knee during the first, and when he comes back for the second you can see blood running down his leg, instead of the 8 or so leg-kicks he throws none.
He gets tentative after seeing his gameplan fly out the window, tries to compensate for the missing low-kick with a good jab, but Yoel starts exploding repeatedly once Rockhold's low-kicks aren't a factor anymore. From then on, it's all Romero, he gets inside and unleashes several flurries and Rockhold just has no answer to the closer-range game of Romero.
There is a reason why to blame his coach. Rockhold's game plan was leg kicks and that is it? You don't have only one thing in your bag if you are fighting for the belt, even if it's interim.
Romero was actually catching everything Rockhold thrown with his hand with ease (except jabs and low kicks partially, of course). Impressive. Especially after Rockhold changed camps and worked more with stand up coach...
Not really to blame anybody at the end of the day, I just know, my guts said no, no, and my brain said, yes, he is working more on stand up game, that will do the job, blablabla.