Sunday, May 10, 2015
Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Alex Chambers vs Kailin Curran
Here's the match video of Alex Chambers vs Kailin Curran from last night's UFC show in Australia. It was on UFC Fight Pass and I know a lot of fans didn't see it. Alex was on TUF and she looked terrible when she lost to Aisling Daly on the TUF Finale. She's 36 years old which always sends up a red flag for me. And on the show, she talked about how her parents are unhappy with her choice to fight especially since she could make a good living as an astro physicist. She trained in Japan with Megumi Fujii so I know she has a decent ground game. But her striking is terrible and I think a knee injury she had a few years ago still hampers her mobility. Kailin is from Hawaii but now trains at Reign in California. She just seemed green to me when she lost her first UFC fight to Paige VanZant. She's young so she has time but I don't think she belongs in the UFC. Her manager and trainer is Ryan Parsons. He was a consultant on the film Here Comes The Boom. The first two rounds tell us that Alex is a terrible striker. Kailin is quicker and Alex is gassed by the end of round one. Things don't improve in round two and if Kailin punched harder, she could have finished this fight. This included some ground and pound during the second half of the round. She just doesn't punch hard enough to get a stoppage. This was going to continue in round three as long as Kailin kept the fight standing. But her trainer Ryan Parsons tells her to go for a double leg takedown. He was criticized for this afterwards but he wanted Kailin to take Alex down and pound her some more. Instead, Alex caught Kailin in a kimura from bottom position. She needed to adjust her position to apply it properly. So Kailin got out of it but fell right into an armbar and she tapped out. It was a great comeback win for Alex. I don't blame Parsons. Kailin didn't do what he wanted her to do. I'm sure he knows she has no business grappling with anyone. She needs to work on that just as Alex needs to work on her striking. Enjoy the video!