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Fedor vs Mitrione - Milking careers

The cruel world of fighting doesn’t forget and doesn’t forgive. Just like time doesn’t.  And so did it do this time for Fedor.

The name of a former global heavyweight prodigy is enough to sparkle up a main event. But it also brings a lot of expectations, especially for the cage-side fans. The pressure to perform in such events can be heavy on both fighters.

But the worst part of this is that you need to over-perform to stay relevant when such pressure exists. Besides overperforming as a fighter, you need to perform as a entertainment value to the show.
Being double knock-downed, then finished is a pretty hilarious way of being in a bad position for your career, especially when you’re not twenty and some in this sport. It simply shows that you’re going slowly down on your career path.

The fight with Fabio Maldonado.

This shows the way Fedor’s style no longer provides the edge needed to stay relevant for today’s mma. It just gets him caught and as time works against him, he is just a small heavyweight (with a middleweight frame) which once delivered greatness, yet now is facing a tough call, even when supported by a powerful organization and a monumental work-ethics system.

Even if we look at Fedor as a pioneer and an amazing example of sportmanship, perseverance, calm and loyalty towards sport and his team, his sun is going downhill. Besides being an aging fighter, he really needs his striking worked out and brought up to speed. As his chin, recovery and determination still stand, he can’t take much free punishment and can’t lose many fights. Image and credibility are rough matters, especially when you’re not a young prospect who had a slip and lost a fight or two.
The way he got clipped by Matt Mitrione which is not a flash boxer or a pinpoint technician shows that chin no longer holds the punishment  just like it used to do, his recovery was slower and he got stopped.

Fedor’s defense was never a thing to mention. His aggresivity and calm had the best of Fedor. Then. And now. Waiting too much translated from his calm and not getting out of a sticky situation from his typical ON-OFF switch mentality costs him this fight as well.

Matt Mitrione is also past his prime and, in his prime he’d had lost royally against Fedor in his prime. Yet training with multiple elite striking coaches helped Mitrione alot.
Besides his superior frame against Fedor, he also had a reach advantage and some relevance in the striking department.

Mitrione is a right-handed southpaw. When offered a superior reach, frame and a smaller, aggressive, charging-in style of opponent, his powerful lead right hand makes a difference in the countering game.

Charging in against a taller right-handed southpaw is a tricky thing to pull-off. If you circle outside his supposed powerhand, you’re actually aligning to his native powerhand. And his left straight can also do some damage since it’s a rear hand.

Fedor’s only chance to win that kind of exchange would have required an amazing game of pivoting inside of Mitrione’s reach and uncorking a straight right followed by a long left hook and a heavy overhand right. All done with amazing timing and speed.

The odds of him pulling this off were close to none.  His best chance would have been on the ground, presuming he’d still have his wild agility with him, pulling a quick submission and showing the world that Fedor is still strong, adaptable and slick. Just like back in the days.

Seeing the idol of most of the MMA and contact sports practitioners, not to say fans, getting double knock-downed like in an amateur fight that brings laughter into fail compilations is a bitter-funny image. It simply shows a drama unveiling in the combat sports.

And besides this funny component, we’re looking at a dramatic set of events as a once-great fighter is milking his career down without changing anything and going down the pipe since time doesn’t forgive the ones who don’t adapt.

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