Sunday, June 03, 2012

Rosi Sexton announces retirement plans after beating Aisling Daly

This video is from yesterday's Cage Warriors show in Dublin, Ireland with Rosi Sexton facing hometown girl Aisling Daly. It's part of Cage Warriors' 125lb tournament. The problem with the tournament is if they wanted it to make a big splash, they should have had eight fighters in the tournament instead of four. And then the problem was in the first match, Sheila Gaff knocked out Jennifer Maia in ten seconds. So that was disappointing. And that's why the tournament should have eight fighters. A second tournament match on the same show could have elevated the tournament when it was needed. A ten second match is very deflating. I hate it when promoters do things halfway just for their own convenience. This match was pretty good. I thought Rosi won the first two rounds with top control and ground and pound. Aisling attempted some armbars but I don't think she ever got any of them hooked properly because Rosi took evasive action quickly and escaped. So Aisling needed to finish in the third round. Winning the round wasn't going to be enough. So all three judges scored it 29-28 for Rosi Sexton. So now Rosi will face Sheila Gaff at a date and location to be announced. Sheila is a very hard puncher and can knock out anyone. But if Rosi can get her down, she can submit Sheila because she's very vulnerable on the ground. Today on Twitter, Rosi announced she plans to retire after this match whether she wins or loses. I don't know if Cage Warriors is aware of that but it means if Rosi wins, that's a dead end for the title. I guess they would have to run another tournament. Enjoy the video!

8 comments:

  1. Just to clarify - I haven't made any definite decisions yet regarding retirement. Those are my thoughts at the moment, but I may yet change my mind. It was a casual twitter comment to someone, not a formal announcement :-)

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  2. Don't say it if you don't mean it.

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  3. I was just chatting to someone about my thoughts for the future. What I said was that I'm *considering* retiring after the Gaff fight. Which is true. Don't put words in my mouth!

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  4. Tough shit. I'm not changing it. You should have said nothing. Period. How stupid can you be? The Tweet that I saw did not say "considering" and it makes no difference. I would have led with it anyway. You can't say stuff like that in a casual way for the whole world to see and expect it to be interpreted the way you want.

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  5. My exact words: "realistically, I'm looking at retiring end of this year. May make the Gaff fight my last." Seems a bit perverse to try and read something more into it, when I'm here to ask and have been quite explicit about what I meant!

    You can publish anything you like about me, of course. I really don't care. I guess people who are interested in reading accurate reports will go to more trusted news sources anyhow. Or perhaps even ask me themselves!

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  6. Where is the word "considering" in that statement? It doesn't change anything. The smart thing would have been to say nothing. Anyone who doesn't lead a piece with that is a fool. Semantics mean nothing. It's a story even if you don't like it. And if you don't care, leave it be. But I think you do care. The problem is I don't care if you care or not.

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  7. "Looking at" and "May" conventionally indicate a degree of uncertainty. I certainly didn't say that I'm definitely going to retire after the Gaff fight, "win or lose".

    The "smart" thing? Well, I've always been pretty open about what I'm thinking, and I don't intend to stop communicating with my fans and fellow fighters simply because someone might misreport what I've said.

    I don't particularly care what you write; I care about people having access to accurate information. Hence the comments. I'll leave it at that!

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  8. On this particular issue, you should have said nothing. There would have been nothing to report. That you even said it in an unguarded moment indicates you're serious. Even if you're waffling, you should have said that you will continue regardless. It was dumb to say anything. It's not something you have to reveal. I never ask fighters about retirement because most of the time they're lying unless it's at a press conference announcing said fighter's retirement. But an unguarded moment is different.

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