Originally Posted by Geordie "Shadow" Munro
I agree with MM here, I think Barao can still win the rematch but it would have been much smarter to take 1 other fight or have it booked later in the year.
This kinda reminds me of Velasquez Dos Santos 3.
That Hunt Fight and spin head kick as impressive as it was, didn't show the skills necessary to deal with Cain's style.
that's a little different. Hunt is a counter puncher, he's going to struggle against guys like JDS and Miocic b/c he loses out on the athleticism. Anyone that can fight well from the outside, getting in and out will give Hunt problems.
All that did was increase JDS's confidence, which ultimately didn't help him.
the only thing that can be said for Barao is that he may have been taken off guard by TJ's Cruz impersonation. he looked completely bewildered during the first round.
Barao is also a counter puncher, and I seriously doubt anything is going to change in this fight. His counter punching style can't deal with the kind of in and out movement that TJ or Cruz brings. If Barao tries to pull a BJ Peen and change up his style to try and deal with the movement, it will probably end worse for him.