Monday, April 26, 2010

The Business of a Beatdown

Jose Aldo with Urjiah Faber in mounted crucifix, pounding away
courtesy of WEC

From the moment the bell rang, the atmosphere tensed. Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber sized each other up, looking for the opportunity to pounce. Each fighter respected the other's power and skill.

Still, there was no doubt who had the advantage. The 24-year old Jose Aldo, taller, longer and even looking more muscular than Faber, looked sure of himself.

Before the fight started, Aldo had kept to himself. He'd glue his vision to the ground, not making eye contact with Urijah Faber during referee instructions.

But very shortly, Aldo would reveal the look in his face that betrayed his intention to destroy Faber. Like Elvira Hancock (from Scarface, played by Michelle Pfeiffer) had "a look in her eye like she hadn't been f***ed in a year", Aldo showed the hunger of a predator who hadn't devoured a large prey in six months.

In Scarface, Tony Montana (Pacino) knew Elvira Hancock (Pfeiffer) wanted him.

Eat Urijah Faber alive Jose Aldo did.

To make a long story short, Aldo bludgeoned Faber's legs limp (a la Matt Hughes chopping Renzo Gracie) with powerful leg kicks. He smashed bricks into Faber's upper torso.

The Brazilian prodigy looked very comfortable boxing, throwing with conviction, and setting up low kicks with this improved handiwork. When Faber tried to grab a hold of him, Jose Aldo simply shoved him away; when Faber tried to hit him, he easily parried or moved away.

Neither did Aldo have trouble controlling The California Kid on the ground. A minute into the fourth round, he knocked Faber down and followed him to the ground. After using a left-handed punch to force Faber into giving up his back, Aldo maneuvered his legs to lock the Sacramento native from behind.

Faber got away, but Aldo simply put him down again halfway into the round and passed guard "like butter". The Amazonian Assassin placed the hometown boy in a mounted crucifix, and pounded and elbowed ceaselessly until the round ended.

The final round brought much of the same. It was also a testament to Urijah Faber's guts and resourcefulness that he was able to finish out the fight under such duress.

But to precocious, poised and brutally efficient Jose Aldo, it was strictly business. Just another step towards martial arts greatness.


  1. TraditionalKarate_StylistJune 27, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    TraditionalKarate_Stylist ("TKS") on, "The Business of a Beatdown | Script Fighting."

    TKS favored Aldo in this fight. The reason? Jose Aldo's training program was more intensive & toward the traditional martial arts side.

    Urijah Faber's claim to fame has always been his top-level athletic ability. Faber's athletic ability alone cannot stand up to the intensity of marital arts. Accordingly, he didn't have much of a chance against the martial art-like skill possessed by Aldo.

    For instance, you can / may absorb a certain degree of force from the leg kicks thrown by Aldo. Taking a barrage of punishment from them is a different matter. Sports-based fighters think they can toughen themselves, which to a degree you can. The fact of the matter is though, taking a series of hard shots from a martial artist is a prescription for failure.

    In marital arts, these blows are designed to disable your opponent. Why is Faber taking these shots? The tough-guy, boxer I-can-take-punishment is a 'script'-for-just-that ==> PUNISHMENT. Translation--NOT GOOD FOR THE BODY; hence brings on defeat.

    As a dyed-in-the-wool traditional martial artist, the last thing TKS wants to do is what?--get hit, especially hit repeatedly. That's one of my scripts!

    Despite the continued criticism of competition-style karate, karate provides answers to the Jose Aldo 'aggressive' fighter. Urijah Faber didn't do any of them.


  2. As strong and athletic as Urijah Faber is, Jose Aldo simply outclassed him. Aldo was faster, moved better and fought smarter and more disciplined.

    Jose Aldo was more powerful and better coordinated on his feet and the ground.

    Urijah Faber used to be my favorite fighter, and I still have a soft spot for him, but the way young Jose Aldo fought dynamically yet fundamentally sound was something else.

    P.S. If you like the fundamentals vs. athleticism debate, I highly recommend my Mike Brown-Urijah Faber II pieces :

    1. Sexy Piece of Ass

    2. Between Legitimacy and Invisibility


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