After a big fight media members small and large are called on to share our opinions. If you're MMA Nation senior editor Luke Thomas you do it on radio shows nationwide. If you're one of his lowly writers, you do it for your friends, family, and those who tolerate you on Twitter.
It's a time honored tradition - people who have no real experience coaching or competing at the highest levels letting the world know how bone headed the highly trained professionals were on the field of play. In football, they call it "the Monday Morning Quarterback." Nascar has "backseat drivers." There's no name for it yet in MMA, and as much as UFC President Dana White tried to avoid criticizing his own fighters, he nevertheless made his opinions known.
White, sitting in the analyst's chair for Fox, let lose with his opinion about the Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos fight in front of a national television audience:
Listen, I'm no strategist and I'm nobody's coach but I don't understand why they didn't go for the shot early. They should have shot in on Junior Dos Santos knowing that he has the power early in the fight and tries to knock you out. But the truth is that Junior Dos Santos gets tired at the end of fights, you know? Here he is standing right in front of him trying to trade and bang with Junior Dos Santos and gets hit with that big right hand right behind the ear and down he goes. Down goes his heavyweight championship. I'll say it again, not saying that I'm some strategy coach but I don't know why they wouldn't take the shot on him and wrestle early.It's one thing to feel a fight out but when you're standing right in front of a guy that you know his biggest weapons are his hands and he can knock you out and this thing is a five round fight. Get in there and start working him. Stay busy and put him against the fence. Rough him up and tire him out a little bit and bring it into the later rounds where Junior Dos Santos is well known for getting tired.