Last night, after Urijah Faber was surprisingly TKO'ed by Mike Brown, telecaster Frank Mir said several times that Faber "got caught." It's a popular explanation when a seemingly more talented fighter loses to a less talented fighter. Chuck Liddell got caught by Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. Chael Sonnen got caught by Paulo Filho in their first fight. Even on the Ultimate Fighter, C.B. Dollaway got caught by Amir Sadollah.
It is also a load of bull.
The words "got caught," in the passive voice, implies that the losing fighter is not to blame. Right. It wasn't Faber's fault that he lost concentration, became frustrated by Brown, and charged right into the elbow that Brown was throwing. I'm not buying it.
It also takes some glory away from the victor. Rashad Evans should be given credit for his knockout of Liddell, much like Brown deserves kudos this morning after beating Faber and winning the WEC featherweight belt. Both fighters stuck with their gameplans and recognized an opportunity when it came their way, whether it was Liddell sticking his head out on a plate, or Faber uncharacteristically flailing around.
Fighters win. Fighters lose. Sometimes, when other people, like referees and judges, get involved, the winner and loser can be questioned. But when there is a knockout or a submission, there isn't a doubt. Don't buy into the idea that anyone "got caught," when they, in fact, just lost.
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