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Shields-Paul, best grappling war ever

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by JustOnce, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. JustOnce Always learning

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    I think that was the best grappling fight ever.

    I don't recall if there was any fight prior to this one that had

    a)Really high level BJJ fighters

    b)Bad blood that wasn't fabricated to a point where instead of trying to knock each other they would try to break limbs

    c)ended in a submission for one of the fighters who hasn't been subbed before

    d)Display of really high level of ground game

    And in my opinion, Jake didn't dominate Paul really as much as some people say he did because I didn't think there was anyway Jake was going to submit Paul from a mount and if anyone was threatening with submissions, it was Paul and Jake doesn't really do a whole lot of damage from the top anyways.

    There have been fights like, Aoki-Aurelio/Riberio, Paul-Fitch, Sakuraba/BJ- Gracies, Nog- Werdum/Barnett/Mir, Maia-Shields but I think this one topped them all.
     
  2. JosephDredd Gold Belt

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    I agree. Two other grappling wars that I loved and was in suspense the entire time was Nog vs Randy and, especially, Maia vs Fitch.

    Maia vs Fitch I would probably say is better than Palhares vs Shields just because there was no possible way to say the outcome was influenced by illegal tactics.
     
  3. Drake Guest

    It was really good. I think Shields vs Maia was better though. But I haven't seen it in quite awhile.
     
  4. Trybz Blue Belt

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    Trigg Hughes 1 was an awesome display of wrestling
     
  5. Goodfella86 Gold Belt

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    It was an AMAZING fight. I loved everything about it. It really showcased both of their strengths and weaknesses.
     
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    yes, a really great grappling war overshadowed by controversy. That part really sux.
     
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    mir vs big nog
     
  8. JustOnce Always learning

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    In that fight, there wasn't much grappling exchanges. and not really as much bad blood as there was in this one, and I dare say combined BJJ talent in this fight eclipses that of the other. And i think Herb dean or someone the ref fucked up in that fight too.
     
  9. JustOnce Always learning

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    And neither fighters are not as reliant in their bjj as these two. Sheilds and Paul, as crazy as this sound, isn't as proficient standing up as those two.
     
  10. My name is Shawn

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    I haven't seen the fight yet I need to check it out. I liked the shields maia fight
     
  11. TapoutforSprawl Purple Belt

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    I didn't think it was as good as everyone else. It was mostly Shields hanging onto a dominate position for dear life in my eyes. Palhares would explode into near submissions, Shields almost fought scared in my eyes. In all fairness though you're a fool to not be afraid of fighting Palhares.
     
  12. Drake Guest

    Maia vs MacDonald is also quite underrated.
     
  13. Hans Gercmiov Titanium Belt

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    Sakuraba vs Newton is still my favorite.

    Not because of nostalgia or because it was in Pride. Which is often the main criteria for something being great on this forum.
     
  14. SuperNerd Playoff Mode.

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    Classic fight.

    Bocek vs Robinson is underrated.


    Damn, I got two Bocek posts out today. It's a good day.
     
  15. Drake Guest

    Lol! Ol' Bocek bringin' out the feels :icon_lol:
     
  16. Ghost of Omni Banned Banned

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    If I was Jake, I would have won that fight. It was obvious as day that Palhares was going escape once Jake passed to side control. He should have stayed in half guard. Jake also postured up to land his little punches and lost mount.
     
  17. Crusader666 Banned Banned

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    jake was dominating until the eye gouges
     
  18. LithoJosh Yellow Belt

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    Pretty sure both of these guys fight for WSOF. Worldwide MMA.
     
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  20. Crusader666 Banned Banned

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    that was good but it seemed like they intentionally were not striking, seemed like a pure grappling match but who knows with wacky pride rules in the early days of pride.
     

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