First, here is the official play by play MMAjunkie:
This was an interesting fight. I admit that I do not know much about either of these fighters personally, so I was curious to see how their skills would show in the cage.
The first round started with little action, and was more about controlling the cage. Towards the end it got interesting. The last takedown scramble had Al put Myles in a very nasty spladdle, something I haven’t seen done in MMA before. That was very cool!
Myles managed to escape and then take the back of Al, nearly getting a rear naked choke. This was surprising to me, as he looked to have a solid jiu jitsu game and made no serious attempts to bring the fight to the ground.
Round 2 had some good exchanges. Myles scored a short spinning back fast that shook up Al, but then he made the terrible mistake of rushing with his hands down to try and finish the fight. I always tell my fighters to stalk their prey. The old saying is true, “A cornered cat becomes as fierce as a lion.”
Al scored a nice overhand right that shook Myles, and stole the momentum of the round. Both men showed good chins on being able to recover. However, Al is able to keep apply pressure as Myles is content to keep distance and not engage.
I was disappointed on that. From the outside, it was clear to me that Myles was losing that round, but he didn’t try to engage at all. He scored a nice last second takedown, but that wasn’t going to be enough to steal the round.
In the third round, he did more of the same – running and barely engaging. Al just kept moving forward, scoring with a strike here and there. In the third round, there should have been no question that he had to push to win. This was frustrating to watch. Myles looked to have all the tools to beat Al, but not the will. I was rooting for Myles to win, but in no way did he deserve to for his performance in the third.
I rather be taken out on a stretcher in defeat (and if you know me, I have on a couple of occasions – LOL), than watch the clock tick away and make no attempt to win. There is no losing gracefully in my eyes. A loss is a loss – whether by knock out, submission, or decision. If there is time left on the clock, I go and fight for every second. That to me is the warrior mentality.
Myles did not show this. He was playing a game and was content to lose it. For me, the biggest lesson to take away from this fight is that you cannot win playing safe. You cannot expect to win by just scoring a little and sit back. You have to engage the enemy, and take some risks.