Can your eyes recognize that these three shots all landed?

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  1. Rum

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    In several threads this gif has been posted with comments/titles suggesting the three strikes missed ("OMG, ANDY IN MATRIX MODE AGAIN!!!"), when in reality all three of them landed.

    https://forums.sherdog.com/threads/...o-the-matrix-at-one-point-last-night.3909485/

    It's in danger of becoming Sherdog's version of the "Yanny or Laurel?" or "Is this dress blue or gold?" memes of recent times.

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    It's understandable some have become overexcited at this gif, because if you just glance at the sequence (while wearing rose-coloured glasses) it looks like Andy eluded each of the three punches.
    1. The jab connecting is somewhat difficult to clock, since Andy rolls with it fairly well, but once you know what you're looking at you can clearly see it connect with Andy's right eyebrow and knock his head back as Andy's stepping forward.
    2. The easiest one to clock is the right cross, which, although glancing, clearly knocks Andy's head back to the left (with a slight rotation) as Andy begins to bring it forward again after the first strike knocked him back. The illusion is that Andy jerked his head back to make it miss. The truth is what jerked his head was the strike hitting it. Again though, Andy does see it coming and rolls with it, taking some of the sting out of the glancing shot.
    3. The third strike looks to the uninitiated like a double-pumped second cross that whiffs past Andy's ear, when in fact anyone who understands the game can clearly see it's a backfist that connects with Andy's ear. Contrary to this being a "Matrix-like" move, Andy actually moves his head into this shot rather than eludes it. Fortunately there's no juice on the backfist, and Andy lives to fight another day.
    Obviously, even though he did get hit a bunch in every round by Izzy, this is still an impressive performance from Andy. He still dealt with Adesanya's striking better than any UFC opponent yet, and did an amazing job to reach the end of the 3rd at 43, after his extended break, against the craftiest striker in the division. It's just that it's not the Old Skool Matrix Andy some Shergoofs are fooling themselves into believing it was.

    Or if it was, then Izzy is in the Matrix too, because he hit Andy with each of these 3 shots.

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    It’s the second one that I have trouble seeing...but yeah first and backfist def hit

    This is no Forrest griffin moment

    Edit. Nm just took me a few more views 2nd clearly lands...in fact if it was a miss I don’t think he would have been able to follow up with the backfist
     
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    a few punches grazed and the 43 year old had the balls to stay in the pocket

    why wasn't he KOd ?
     
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    First two clearly landed hard enough to jerk Andy's head

    Time for an eye exam
     
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    He touched him wit teh jab


    And backfist
     
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    Did any of them hit him perpendicular on the point of his jaw or on the temple or behind the ear or with more than 70% power?

    Did any of them snap rotate his head?

    Did you miss the bit where it's clearly stated he rolled fairly well with the first two strikes?

    Do you even know how KOs work?
     
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    not even fucking staggered the least bit

    why make this thread
     
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    The point is he saw them, rolled with them, and wasn’t fazed.

    This is like arguing that Floyd’s defense wasn’t impressive when Conor bopped him on the nose.
    He barely moved his head offline, of course it touched

    Not suite in the matrix no
    But matrix adjacent for sure
     
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    Tbh they landed, just not flush enough like Weidman vs Silva 1.

    What was truly impressive is how Silva rocked Adesyana when he actually tried to go in and pressure Adesyana against the fence or lured him in.
     
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    lol

    Shows how shit the level of striking with the hands are in MMA.

    Would love to see a drugged up 43 year old try that shit with someone like Kovalev!
     
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    He touched him with all those shots. I saw that in real time. They didn’t cause any real damage. But if you’re a Spider fan you have to get a excited about something. The punches scored.

    In this case it’s that he was almost slipping punches, and that they try to say he won a round. I get being a fan but did people watch the fight or just a few select gifs or pics with colour commentary by Spider fans?

    Silva did better than I expected but come on. 30-27.
     
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    Glancing and hitting are very different, Matrix shit includes Glancing..
     
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    They weren't the hardest shots but they landed.

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    You haven't seen The Matrix have you granddad

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    Both were in friendly sparring mode.
    Israel throwing half-heartedly, more speed than power.
    Andy eating those pulled punches and acting like he was Neo.
    The guys had a nice sparring match with no actual danger, got paid, got FOTN and walked away happy.
     
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    Bingo ... that's a big part of what gives it away
     
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    He got hit but not very cleanly.
    Israel is no Chael.https://goo.gl/images/Su6vC1
     
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    Use the image insert to get gifs to show up bro

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    Of course the irony is the reason guys like Chael and Bisping had these successes against Andy was he had no respect for their power.

    He was much more careful against Izzy.

    And yet ...

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