Originally Posted by Happypants
I tend to disagree with this. The fight was pretty much over after the big combination in the first round. The difference is Junior finished when he had the chance (in the first fight) where as Cain did not. To me this shows two things, Junior is tough and Cain might lack finishing power. I feel like if he would of just stepped back and thrown that he could have finished the fight but anytime he landed something he would close the distance and grapple in stead.
To me this fight never proved anything more than the first fight proved.
I think that without the first fight, the second fight would have been a very different affair; in what way it would have differed I don't know, but I think Cain's reluctance to stand and strike was because he saw the kind of fight-ending power JDS has.
I don't doubt that JDS could still turn Cain's lights out even in the later rounds, but it would take a perfectly-planted shot to do so, and Cain wasn't going to give him the opportunity.
I see both sides to this argument;
In one way, yes Cain did destroy JDS; Cain almost completely neutralised JDS's strength (boxing) and forced him to fight at a pace that he wasn't prepared to fight at.
On the other hand, I wouldn't say JDS was destroyed, more that he was technically dismantled. I was impressed by JDS' ability to withstand punishment and work his way back to his feet, but it was clear that Cain has a far more technical ground game (see: any time that Cain had a sideride on JDS in turtle).
Personally, I find it difficult to use the word "destroyed" for any guy that can take 111 of these...
...and stay in the fight.
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