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Rory Macdonald Vs Robbie Lawler - Elbows And Range

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Wondering if anyone saw this fight and could comment on Rory's elbow?

He landed some elbows, but they didn't really seem to hurt Robbie or cut him.

Also, he was attempting to counter jabs and straight crosses with elbows and was often missing.

If you didn't see the fight, I was wondering if any of the pros on here could comment on range and elbows, and where you find elbows most effective.


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Can I talk about the fight itself for a sec? Coz it left me stunning!

Coming back to your question though, I think Rory was trying to use his long arms advantage in using elbows just slightly outside of Robbies' striking range. That is my understanding. I'd also love to hear the pros talk about it :)

The fight seemed kind of boring at first, but when I realised the intensity of both of them I was really hooked and amazed. It was truly one of the best fights I've seen lately, a lot better character-wise that the main fight McGregor vs Mendes. They went and gave it their all, I was so impressed!!! I still am!

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If I remember correctly Robbie had a nasty cut on his lip, the top-side of his head, and his one eye looked terrible the day after. Have you seen his fight with Manhoef? I think it boils down to the fact that Robbie is very tough lol

As far as MMA fights go, I think he was trying to do what Wiedman did to Munoz and hit him with an elbow while he was moving in.



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This is the fight if anyone did not see it.

For me this fight was all about Lawler circling right and staying off the centerline. Anytime he did this he was killing Macdonald and was hardly touched. I have no idea why Macdonald kept circling right with him, taking his right hand out of the fight. (Watched with the sound off, so apologize if this was a point made in the broadcast.)

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Rory was trying to time Lawler as he comes in with the elbow because Lawler's very good in the pocket, going in and out. 

In southpaw vs. orthodox engagements shifting rear elbow has been used to great effect. Rory modelled many of his elbows off them, and it found a few of its mark, but it was hard to find the timing on Lawler. 

Here's the "quickfire" highlight http://streamable.com/ypdv

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