Anyone who saw the PPV last Saturday enjoyed some great grappling action! Nearly all the matches (except the power and ferocity with which Carwin beat Mir) showcased high-level jiu-jitsu and wrestling techniques. Highlights included Miller’s defense against Bocek’s second round attacks from the back, Pelligrino’s successful choke against Camoes, and, of course, GSP’s domination of Hardy throughout their fight.
Each fight was exciting. It was a great night. There was a downer though: Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal. You just winced if you saw that fight. If you didn’t, suffice to say Palhares cinched a heel hook from hell and held on to it like a bulldog.
Here’s one notable quote:
“Alex Davis, Palhares’ manager, said Palhares, an exponent of Murilo Bustamante’s Brazilian Top Team, was mostly adhering to a camp philosophy that stresses fighters holding onto submissions so as to leave no dispute as to whether a fighter tapped or otherwise conceded the bout.”
Overall, this makes sense in a sports context. If you’re competing against the best in the world, you want to win. But at what cost?
Martial arts requires you to respect your opponent. Many traditions require a bow to begin and end each training session–especially when working with a partner. A fighter shows respect in many ways beyond merely touching gloves–through dedication and focus and by working incredibly hard in the gym. Even by stepping into the ring in the first place, the fighter is acknowledging the talents and efforts of his opponent.
In a true survival situation, take your opponent’s limbs home with you, or bring them to the police station as evidence. Hurting someone when training? That is not respect. Hurting someone when competing? That is neither respect for your opponent nor for the sport.
What did you think of the fight? Comments go below . . .