ebickmeyer wrote:The guy contradicts himself in the video but is still right on both accounts. Oftentimes Tony rolls with punches and when he can't he gets hit.
There is no reason to get aggravated, everyone is giving Tony his dues.
I will not lie, I don’t really like anything about Tony. He might be a good guy to know, he might be a good friend and family member, but I don’t like how his personality comes off in interviews. I don’t like his awkward style of fighting, it just looks ugly and awkward to me, even if it is fast paced. I don’t even like how the guy works out, his deadlifts were the ugliest and most awkward looking deadlifts I have ever seen.
With that said Tony has been incredibly impressive. For all my criticism of his “ugly” or “awkward”, which is really just non-traditional (in any form of martial art) technique, it has worked and has worked against guys with tight and technical skills such as RDA.
I think I have been using the wrong adjectives to describe his defense when I have said “terrible” or “poor”, what I really should be saying is “high risk”.
There is no way to separate offense from defense. Often what is thought of as offensive techniques such as punches and kicks are in the case of jabs, push kicks, and teeps, serving even more of a defensive role than an offensive one. Even then creating the distance which is good for defense is simultaneously creating opportunities for offense.
Even if you take using a full boxing guard, a technique that seems to be exclusively defensive, it can still be used to hide strikes or in the case of Mayweather when he fought McGregor was a technique he used to tire out Conor. It was playing as much an offensive role in weakening McGregor as it was a defensive role in protecting Mayweather.
If we look at Tony his high paced offense helps him with his defense. I think that is part of the reason his opponents striking percentage goes down significantly as fights move beyond the first round.
All of Tony’s offense especially his offensive diversity seems to prevent opponents from getting into a groove. Even if we consider his fight with Kevin Lee. Kevin was anticipated Tony's awkward style of striking, he didn't anticipate his powerful elbows off of his back. When Kevin was getting elbowed in the head he wasn't able to do much ground and pound, and when he was trying to defend himself, he gave Tony the opportunities to go for submissions.
At the same time his style creates potential openings which could have devastating consequences.
Raising his chin to slide above punches is working for him (this is not rolling with punches), but at the same time he is literally tilting his head back and sticking his chin straight in the air. If someone got his distance down and anticipated where his chin would be and threw slightly higher he would be completely exposed for a potentially fighting altering if not fight ending strike.
His jab for all its effectiveness in giving him extra range, also has a high potential risk. He greatly over extends throwing his weight forward and at the same time leaves his head exposed.
Tony’s style works to create both defensive and offensive opportunities but at the same time creates clear and exploitable openings for his opponents.
So far it is working for him, and no one has really been able to deal with it. I keep feeling sooner or later his style of defense is going to catch up with him and he is going to get knocked out bad, but that has yet to happen.
All we have seen is when Tony does get hit, he deals with it very well, and comes back and wins.