Sunday, December 02, 2012
Big Bad Blog Video Theatre-Rin Nakai vs Danielle West
Here's the fight video of Rin Nakai vs Danielle West from yesterday's PANCRASE show. To set this up, remember that Danielle missed weight and instead of imposing financial penalties like promoters do here, PANCRASE ruled that Danielle could not win the title. And she was also not allowed to use knees or a guillotine choke. Maybe they think she missed weight deliberately. I'm sure she didn't know they would issue those kind of penalties. That's why fighters must make weight. As we saw in the first match between these two, Danielle has no takedown defense. So Rin's strategy was to be patient and look for a takedown. It's a cautious strategy but considering Danielle's size advantage, it was a wise strategy. So they danced around for the first half of round one. But when Danielle ran out of patience and went after Rin, Rin countered with a takedown and went after submissions and ground and pound. Her second takedown shows how much strength Rin has. That was brute strength. She did the same thing in round two. So Rin's strategy in round three was to stay out of trouble. And that's what she did. A lot of dancing around. Danielle needed to finish and that didn't happen. I scored it 29-28 for Rin. Rin apologized afterwards for being too cautious. She wasn't happy with her performance. Rin is 5'1" so she's used to being at a height disadvantage. But I think with the weight disadvantage, aggression could have got her into trouble. It's not my favourite strategy but on this occasion, it was the correct strategy. Enjoy the video.