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Michael Johnson beats Barboza on the feet but struggles with Dariush? :/

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  1. Kwic Red Belt

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    I don't get it.

    It's the same with Shields. Dude looks stiff as hell and yet no one can destroy him on the feet.
    Dariush seems better than Shields but still miles behind Barboza and yet MJ didn't seem to capitalize too much.

    Why?
     
  2. Calivornia Purple Belt

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    I don't know. But I do know that Michael Johnson has been somewhat inconsistent in his career.

    Plus, different styles bring different challenges.
     
  3. dcho8 Yellow Belt

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    He might have been more cautious of the takedowns as well. He didn't have to worry about that against Barboza.
     
  4. YoudBeSurprised Blue Belt

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    My guess is the threat of the takedown. Dariush has an incredible top game and johnsons struggled with grapplers in the past. Barboza was content to keep it on the feet but he couldnt handle johnsons constant pressure
     
  5. CTYankee Brown Belt

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    It didn't look like he struggled to me.
     
  6. ryanrandy Black Belt

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    Did he really struggle with Dariush though? He had problems with the jab late but I didn't think he struggled. Against Barboza he closed the distance which negated a lot of Edsons strikes.
     
  7. Organic Damage Vantablack belt

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    lol, this.

    Also, MMAth doesn't always add up. Barboza wasn't striking with the intent of lulling MJ into not seeing the TD coming, like Dariush wanted to.
     
  8. SKITZADACTYL Gold Belt

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    guess dariush just deals with forward pressure better, probably cause he has a nice jab.
     
  9. SimonNova Worship and forget

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    First : he should have won the decision

    Second : the threat of the TD changes a lot of things.
     
  10. KantoTerror Silver Belt

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    Barboza is just as inconsistent. When he starts feeling the punches...he becomes a cyclist....Beneil got tagged and was still able to keep MJ at the end of his jab and made MJ missed a lot. Barboza is the better offensive striker, but Beneil has better defense. He was able to block or roll majority of MJs strikes, it keeps him at the right distance to be able to counter and tag MJ. While Barboza would just keep back pedaling and can't mount his own offense vs. MJ.
     
  11. Drake Guest

    Even though he didn't struggle really... Even when he lost the third round I wouldn't say he was struggling...

    He also didn't attack the same because if he would have it would have given Beneil a better chance of scoring a td.
     
  12. MMA Silver Belt Platinum Member

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    applause

    somebody knows what they're talking about
     
  13. Whippy McGee Meme Master

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    I thought he rocked Dariush twice.

    But, I am no MMA judge, they clearly know better.
     
  14. MMA Silver Belt Platinum Member

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    also good
     
  15. Jer713 Green Belt

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    Threat of the takedown. Damn I wish that fight was 5 rounds.
     
  16. dcho8 Yellow Belt

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    They absolutely do. That's why you're here and they're there. Dariush won end of story.
     
  17. ufc_vs_pride Purple Belt

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    Not only that but people who thought MJ won on Saturday thinks Jogging wins fights
     
  18. Gunny Gold Belt

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    Are you insinuating that something has changed between now and MJ's previous fight? Perhaps some external factor that might affect a fighter's performance?
     
  19. kevinramsdell Brown Belt

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    Johnson clearly was robbed of a 29-28 decision. But Dariush would keep the pressure on Barboza and keep on attacking him with single legs, Dariush would easily go through Barboza 30-27, possibly 29-28. Dariush was way slicker in the 3rd round of the Johnson fight, giving him problems with that jab, then he would slip away from Johnsons punches. But 8 takedown defenses, 1 knockdown, and constant forward pressure couldn't win Johnson the fight. Sad day for MMA
     
  20. jerryisgood Green Belt

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    The threat of the takedown didn't exist against Barboza. Against Dariush, he wasn't able to get going because he had too much respect for Dariush's ground game. He defended well, but he never got any offense going and Dariush was able to cruise ahead spamming leg kicks and finishing the third round strong.

    Bouncing around and defending take downs doesn't win fights. You need some sort of output.
     

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