Wandy interview from Sherdog said this:
He said he can't believe how he has beaten bigger guys, and lost the belt to a smaller guy.
Said he has no problem with Shogun challenging Dan for the title.
Said he really appreciates the American fans, made him feel good they wanted his picture/autograph.
Said he had a fever and sore throat for the fight vs. Dan.
Said his gameplan for the fight was to feel things out Rd1, take Dan to the ground and wear him down Rd2, and Rd3 he was gonna open up with strikes. Said Dan caught him before he could catch Dan.
That sounds about right. Wandy seems like a stand-up guy. I just wish he didn't have to go and talk about his sore throat and fever. He knew he was sick when he stepped into the ring. No EXCUSES! When they were toe to toe in the center of the ring tee'ing off (right before the KO) I knew someone was going to get KTFO'D...just didn't think it'd be Wanderlei!
Gotcha. Thanks for the info. It's not like it would've changed my opinion of him, though. He's still one of my favorite fighters.
For you guys who train in bjj, it seems like it would be easy to see a gogoplata coming. Of course sitting on the couch it's easy to make statements like that. Is it easy to get caught in a gogoplata? Is there a surprise element to it because it isn't used as often?
Overall, I really enjoyed this card. Excellent fights with lots of action and an element of unpredictability. Most disappointing for me was Gomi's performance. His obviously poor conditioning and his ability to not finish Diaz when he had a chance was surprising. On the same note though, I was really impressed with Diaz's ability to stay in the fight and turn it in his favor.
Yeah, according to the NSAC injury report, Diazs' orbital was broken at some point too and he hung tough.
Hendo also broke his right hand. I am not sure which bone though.
Gogoplata is difficult sub to pull off. IME even when caught in one you can only block off one of the carotid arteries and you turn your hea to the opposite side of the trapped arm so avoid a full choke and alleviate pressure on the windpipe. In a comp I don't think I would tap to it but in an exhausted state it may be enough to force a tap.
I wonder if it's true that once you are KOd you're much more prone to it the next time around. Or perhaps it's the psychological effect that makes one timid, wonder if this will affect Franklin in a similar manner as it has Wand and Loiseau.