MMA fights are sometimes like chess matches and you have to play smart and wise to win the battle and war but sometimes an accidental punch to the side of the head and particularly the ear area changes every thing.
A prime example of this mostly lucky/unfortunate punches is the first fight between JDS and Cain. Cain received one grazing punch to the ear area and add this to the killer instinct of JDS and we all know what happened. The second fight had no lucky punch and again we know what happened .
The fight between Matt Mitrione and Phil De Fries is another prime example of this type of punch. I do not want to take any credit from Mitrione, he is a good fighter when he is on but I do not count the receivers of these punches out. I like to give any of this losers another chance to prove or disprove themselves in another fight or fights.
There should be many other examples of this devastating but subtle punches to the back/side of the head which has changed the outcome of fights and sometime the carrier of the fighter but if we give them another chance they may prove that they are Octagon worthy fighters.
Do you remember any other example of these punches and what do you think about these " lucky for the winner but unfortunate for the loser" punches?
It is not about win or lose, it is about heart. Leave all you have in the Octagon and you are a winner in my book.
JDS, Machida,Sam stout,Bermudez, Dustin Kimura,Roger Huerta