Originally Posted by v3xi
I disagree 100%. First off it is straight up retarded to give the 1st round to your opponent in a 3 round fight when anything can happen in MMA. Secondly its not a common tactic, its an excuse fighters with big egos make to justify a crappy round.
WTF are you talking about, you've never heard of feeling out your opponent? You've seen a lot of great fighters over the years do that and it is a common tactic for some fighters in almost any form of martial arts. get their timing down, find weak points in their defense, learn some of their tendencys, get their movement down and find your range. Aldo didnt lose the first round and only an idiot would think that, manny flapping his arms around and connecting with air, and aldo landing some very good kicks.
I think it was misunderstood what he said. He never lost the first round, but he didnt go to finish in it and he used it to feel manny out. We've seen him win every witch way. He can come out and destroy somebody fast in the first, he can dominate the entire fight, and he can feel somebody out before he finishes them. He can just go out and destroy people but that is when mistakes are made and when upsets happen, when you throw caution to the wind no matter how skilled you are. Fell the fighter out and attack when he leaves himself open.
look at anderson's fights with franklin, irvin, and forrest, he doesnt take the full round, but he doesnt come out ultra aggressive and he gets their timing, and movement down. Especially against forrest, he just clowned him with his hands and he had irvins movement down, moved with the kick, caught it and landed a great right.