Originally Posted by Matt Boone
Exactly. I haven't heard any leg injury rumors yet, but if they are out there it would make sense because the leg kicks were working early and for no reason it seemed he stopped them.
I got this from an article off of insidefighting.com:
The fight was almost exclusively a kick-boxing match as the pair traded blows, never once going to the ground and rarely even in the clinch, for 5 grueling rounds. In the end Tim Sylvia retained his title by unanimous decision, but it was far from a blow out.
In fact, the judges' scorecards show that if Arlovski could have won the 5th round in the eyes of at least two of the three judges, he would have won a majority decision. After four rounds, two judges had it scored even, Sylvia having won the second and fourth rounds and Arlovski having won the first and third rounds. The other judge had Arlovski down three rounds to one, so it would have been impossible to win it for Arlovski on that card, but unanimity is not needed and if Arlovski could have out pointed Sylvia in the 5th in the eyes of at least those two judges who had it even after four, he would have regained the title on a majority decision.
Many were suprised that Arlovski's expected speed advantage over Sylvia didn't seem to last throughout the fight, and also that he did not attempt any takedowns or throw many leg kicks, which he has used with brutal effectiveneses throughout his career.
A partial explanation may be an injury to Arlovski's knee that his camp is reporting occured in the first round.
Although it is unclear to what extent Arlovski's knee may have been damaged, he did have to go to the hospital after the fight. If Arlovski did indeed suffer a serious knee injury in the first round the fact that he and Sylvia went all 5 rounds
would be even more impressive.