Thursday, July 17, 2014

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Leslie Smith vs Jessamyn Duke

Here's the fight video of Leslie Smith vs Jessamyn Duke from last night's UFC show in Atlantic City. A few days ago, Jessamyn admitted that she wasn't aggressive enough in her loss to Bethe Correia. She said that would be fixed in this fight against Leslie Smith. It wasn't. She didn't look any different in this fight. And with something to prove to UFC brass, Leslie was going to finish or crash and burn trying. And Leslie proved once again that her record is misleading because she has improved tremendously over the last couple of years. And she likes to fight top fighters. Some people think Jessamyn is a top fighter but maybe she isn't. I think some like her story that she could have been a model and chose fighting instead. And some assume her height is an advantage. It would be an advantage if she knew how to use her height. And of course she is part of the Four Horsewomen and they are very popular. And I think we all remember her fight vs Raquel Pennington on TUF18. But the girl who fought Berthe Correia and Leslie Smith doesn't look like the same fighter. She is very tentative and she needs to get that aggression back or she won't be in the UFC very long. What's wrong with her? Usually when a fighter's problem seems puzzling, it's not a physical problem. To me, she looks like she is thinking too much about what she wants to do instead of just using her instincts. And a lot of fighters won't admit they aren't thinking straight. Jessamyn said she solved her problem. This fight proved otherwise. She needs to stop kidding herself and figure it out. She also broke her hand blocking one of Leslie's kicks so she will have plenty of time to think about things. The fight was almost over at that point so it meant nothing. One thing is for sure. It was a great win for Leslie Smith. Enjoy the video!

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I do agree that Leslie is the better fighter here. Jessamyn seems like a nice girl but I think she has some issue with her mentality as a fighter. Even in Invicta, I didn't think she was aggressive enough with opponents. She is lucky that her Invicta opponents (except for Miriam Nakamoto and she lost to her kicks) are not really top fighters. She reacts too slowly. She should take a break and have a good talk with someone who's familiar with sports mentality. Ronda's single-mindedness surpasses all of her pals and I am surprised that Jessamyn doesn't seem to learn that from her.