Thursday, July 16, 2015

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Holly Holm vs Marion Reneau

Here's the video of Holly Holm vs Marion Reneau from last night's UFC show in San Diego. Holly is the former boxing champ trying to conquer MMA. Her first fight in the UFC was a disappointing split decision win over Raquel Pennington. She looked terrible. Marion looked pretty good in her first two UFC matches. So I think many of us were looking forward to this fight as a stiff test for Holly. We were all disappointed. What a stinker! It was nothing more than a glorified sparring match. The first round set the tone as neither fighter did much of anything. Holly landed a few punches and won the round 10-9. Round two was the same but Holly is getting her range and is scoring more. But Marion is doing nothing. Her trainer Doug Marshall is telling her what to do but she doesn't do it. Between rounds two and three, he tells her she needs a finish but her response is to do nothing. Holly finally hurts Marion with some strikes right at the end of the fight. Holly won by unanimous decision but both fighters were terrible. Holly had control of the center of the cage so if she is more aggressive at the start of the fight, she either gets a finish or Marion wakes up. To her credit, when Jon Anik tried to praise her for her performance in her post match interview, Holly acknowledged that she didn't perform well. Last night someone asked me about Holly's punching power. If you check her boxing record, she never had punching power. She would land a lot of punches but she usually won by decision. The only thing that saved her in this fight is that Marion threw very few punches. Holly won by default due to her opponent's inactivity. She will have to do much better than that to be a title contender. Check out the fight video.
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