On more than one occasion I’ve had people say to me, “Man you should take your fights off the internet cause your opponents are going to be able to watch them and figure you out.”
Now I can understand where they are coming from and their reasoning behind it but to me I could care less what people can watch of me. I’d let opponents come and watch me train if they really wanted to. It’s pretty easy to find video on any top athlete in this day and age, especially fighters, yet how often do people ‘figure them out’? We all know Buakaw is going to Left kick the hell out of whoever he fights, how many people have known this and still can’t stop it. Just because you know how someone fights or know a certain thing that they do does not mean you’re going to be able to stop them from doing it.
To quote a classic movie “Billie Jack”, “I’m going to take this foot and put it on that side of your face and there is not a damn thing you are going to do about it.”This is the perfect example of what I am talking about. Just because you know, or think you know, what I’m going to do does not mean you’re going to be able to stop me from doing it. I want people to study my fights, I want people to get in the ring with me and think they know what to expect. I want people to get in there thinking that the version of me they saw on tape is the same one standing across the ring from them.
What happens if you spend all this time studying film thinking you know exactly what to expect but when that bell rings they fight completely different. What if you end up fighting someone else at the last minute? You’ve wasted all this time thinking you know what to expect. It’s a fight; you never know what’s going to happen. I’m not saying that it’s stupid to watch tape or even study a few things. I think that it definitely has its place and there’s a lot you can learn from footage. But if you base your entire training camp on one thing and then that thing changes, what are you going to do?
If I know of my opponent ahead of time, which is rare, I may watch a clip or two just to give me an idea of how they fight. Do they move a lot, do they just charge in, are they fast, are they power strikers, things like that. Or maybe there’s one specific thing that they do really well that I will need to watch out for but I’m not going to dwell on it and meticulously study it day in and day out. A lot of times what I like to do is just have a quick look then I’ll pass the footage onto my trainer who will go over it and then just train me accordingly, that way I don’t dwell on a certain thing too much. I definitely see the reasoning behind watching film or not wanting too much of your footage out there, but to me I could really care less.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you study fights, do you keep your fights from being online and what is the reasoning behind it?