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Monday, July 05, 2010
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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman explains why the Fabricio Werdum-Fedor Emelianenko fight of June 26, 2010, where Werdum submitted Fedor in just 69 seconds with a triangle choke, is shaping up to be the most significant fight this year in mixed martial arts. We also explain why it could end up being the most important for the role of grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in mixed martial arts since Royce Gracie tapped out Dan Severn, also with a triangle choke, back at UFC 4 on December 16, 1994.
We analyze what we call "The Werdum Effect" in relation to the slew of submissions at UFC 116 on July 3, including the victory by Brock Lesnar over Shane Carwin by an arm triangle choke. But we also break down the poor level of grappling and striking technique shown in that fight, compare noted fighters in the mixed martial arts heavyweight division today, discuss theoretical matchups involving them, and discuss the analysis of the Lesnar-Carwin fight by various writers, including Josh Gross and Jonathan Snowden.
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