The fact of the matter is X-factors are the real story of this fight starting with Woodley. If you do something for 60 sessions for an extended amount of time you will change. Change is just that something different and new, new wrinkles new disadvantages and advantages. Woodley’s change is coming from Duke Roufus the man that brought you, Pettis. If you give a guy like Duke a freak fighter athlete he will make them even more dangerous fundamentally and creatively. We have seen the same thing time and time again RDA and Rafael Cordeiro TJ and Bang etc. We have seen the technical on display against Kelvin, I think we will see the blend next. Honestly, I think Duke has done a similar move as Henri did to Rumble, plus something I wrote about is Tyron talks with Mighty Mouse and how he broke through to him about his cardio like Rogan alluded to in the Kelvin fight where you see he was working on it. If Woodley shows off his improved boxing skill and does what so many can’t seem to do against Robbie except for Condit and Rory mid fight and box from mid range will moving what people call slick pocket fighting than we will see an interesting match with the Duke Muay Thai skill being a nice touch up in his striking. That’s a big and very important X Factor that will be talked about post-fight I think.
Robbies biggest X factor is the scariest, have the Strikeforce and current wars come to haunt him? Has the time come has the ticket been punched enough will we see a repeat of Liddel? It’s the question you have to ask if you follow that Blitz and Crash mindset of fighting damage taken to then return with bigger more devastating damage comes at a cost and that cost is damage that can not be taken back. The Piper most be paid, but has the time come and what is the timeline for Lawler how honest is he to himself can, he felt it leaving? Only he knows the answer and if he’s continuing on we have to assume he is good to go but because of his history, it’s a question that has to be asked and thrown in until the first shot lands or better yet the 4th short lands. Because it only takes on and Tyron can throw some hammers. I’m not so much worried about the striking technical battle because if you’ve got crisp fundamentals against Robbie he tends to clam up wade through and look for a hammer or he blades, steps off and comes over the outside as a southpaw those are his moves. 5th round he turns into a mixture of Shogun and Wanderli throwing every shot from 1 to 10 in every type of combination. That being said we will only know come fight time.
This is a testament to the sport and was it started and where it is today like right now. The difference and style and how varied style has become have allowed for the parody we see in the game now. Better strikers better grapplers and better athletes mean a push as a whole for the sport.
This is not a wash fight for either guy, so stopping viewing it that way. Woodley didn’t whine he was promised something and held the company accountable it is not on him that his title shot opponent couldn’t make weight and to reimburse him they gave the shot to him because in reality, he showed up. Woodley for the win in my opinion, but I’m just saying. It’s fighting you show up if you can physically do so injuries excluded you show up if all that is needed is for you to control your controllable. Revise your opinions don’t fall for the talk from guys like Matt Browne and Wonderboy who have loses one too, Hendricks in Browne and one in Matt Browne in Wonderboy. Complaining about other guys shot is unbecoming for a guy that is in the line to be literally next… but that’s none of my business.
FINALLY, NOT A WASH ENJOY THE FIGHT