MMA Ratings Podcast

December 19, 2009

Strikeforce: Evolution - 7. Scott Smith vs. Cung Le

Middleweight bout: Scott Smith defeated Cung Le via KO (punches) at 3:25 of round 3.

1 comment:

  1. Le took the first round 10-8 despite not looking great. He didn't do a great job controlling the distance, instead just taking advantage of Smith's deficiencies. I disagree with the commentators suggestion to take the fight back to feet. Smith is always dangerous standing and Le need to improve his positional control.

    In the second round Le's grappling deficiencies were clearly evident. Smith was able to control him in his guard. Le's inability to take Smith down from the clinch showed the deterioration of his previously lauded Sanshou skills. I scored it 10-10 with Le getting in solid kicks early, but Smith landing solid punches later.

    In the third Le was on his way to a 10-8 round until Smith did what he's done so many times in the past and landed those hands of steel to come up from behind and finish the fight.
    Going into this fight I thought they should have given Lawler the fight against Le. Hopefully we can still see this fight.

    Smith is such a wild card and so often plays the spoiler for any promotion trying to build a star.

    R:3 A:4 S:3 T:3

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