To be completely honest I don't think Fabio was overly worried about the power of Kingsberry or Pokrajac...I'm not saying there aren't also some flaws in his defense, but I think he may be a bit more careful against someone like Glover and it could serve him better. Also, Kingsberry is only landing a solid punch in like half of those pics...and most are jabs FFS. Kingsberry has the 4 inch reach advantage, and is going against someone with a pretty good chin. Obviously I am sure Maldonado didn't want to get hit with the jab, but I doubt he was too worried about it if it was enough to get inside and land a few punches of his own...
Lets also not forget that Anderson conveniently enjoys quite a nice reach advantage which is huge when it comes to boxing. 4 inch reach advantage vs 4 inch reach advantage=huge.
Plus, this is not boxing. These guys are not wearing boxing gloves. These guys have to worry about takedowns, leg kicks, submissions, etc, and Maldonado has barely any experience against good competition. Lets let the guy have a bit more experience and adapt to MMA a bit before we write his boxing off as "overrated"
And although defense is more important to offense, offense is still very important obviously and the author basically focused on his defense. Fabio does excellent work with his lead hand upstairs and goes to the body better than anyone. There is a problem, however, in that he doesn't quite use his rear hand enough so in return he doesn't demand the respect from his opponents than someone with a strong rear hand would...and the fact that he isn't too quick on his feet, and doesn't utilize head movement enough, makes him a bit hittable. If someone were to have to worry about that right hand more it could make them a bit more hesitant...and if he utilized head movement more he'd be less hittable. Hopefully he realizes Glover is his biggest test and tries to make a couple adjustments.
Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement
Broken record time. Everyone is on Maldanado's nuts for his boxing when it isn't that good and BE did a GREAT job at illustrating why he's so overrated.
You know, maybe Chuck could have learned a lesson from watching Maldonado box. Maybe he could have learned a lesson in PATIENCE. Maybe he could have learned how to use his lead hand more and not just throw wild right hands all the time. Then possibly he wouldn't have been so predictable and left himself so open and wouldnt have been horrendously knocked out on more than one occasion-the type of knock outs that will affect him for the rest of his life.
BE could have easily done an article on how Chuck made huge, obvious mistakes in his knockout losses...
...like...leaving his hands completely down and throwing a hook to the body against Rampage without setting it up. Or leaving his hands completely down and starting a combo with a wide and telegraphed uppercut against Rashad. Or just rushing forward against Franklin with his chin up in the air, telegraphing just about every punch thrown in the combo that led to him getting countered and knocked out. But chances are, they were a fan of Chuck's so decided to make an article praising him instead.