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    "Imagine going 6-foot-3, 245-lbs. and feeling like a child as you're being punched in the face by Brock Lesnar. That's what happened to Frank Mir during his loss at UFC 100 against the heavyweight champ. In the weeks after, Mir was in freak out mode. He was buying into the excuse that Lesnar was too big to compete with at only 245.....

    ....Mir then realized something many fans still haven't processed about the gigantic Lesnar.

    "I think mentally i had to come to grips with the fact that it wasn't all strength that Lesnar beat me at on the ground," said Mir. "I think that was an early excuse and a mental weakness on my part. There were some technical aspects that I had issues with. It was kind of a cop out on my part to say it was just because he was stronger."

    Mir mentioned mistakes that he made with his half guard, hips and spacing.
    "I didn't make certain adjustments because of my own ego on the gorund," said Mir, who's now working more with Mike Whitehead, an MMA fighter and former college wrestler. "Instead of me trying to move somebody else [now I'm] moving my own self out from underneath him. Certain principles, that are real basic fundamentals, through my own success that I strayed away from."

    SOURCE: Cagewriter

    Often I come away from sparring a larger opponent of a similar skill level who has 'owned' me with the ego soothing excuse...."ah well he was a beast!"

    Is this really an expectable attitude...how much should I be causing the big fellas problems?
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    Size matters... but it doesn't matter to me how someone gets the better of me, I want to be able to reverse the situation.

    Whether someone beats me with strength, technique, cardio, flexibility etc... I don't care, the outcome is the same. I just need to decide what attribute I need to improve to prevent it happening again.
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    Theres a guy i love rolling with who is huge. He beats me on strength, whenever i try and posture up he just rips me back down again, so everything is 10X harder because hes got 30 kilos on me. I have to rely on purely technique and catching him out (which I am yet to do lol) But its very good, i always work a lot harder and feel like ive worked out better. Even if i do get tapped 10 times.

    Then when we switch partners, Im so much more relaxed, i can posture up and pass guard etc. a lot easier, i can pin limbs down and move them easier because Im so used to being with a big guy. I really like doing technique with him as well because when we're doing sweeps,throws or any technique that requires me to move, lift or sweep him. I have to get it perfect with the leverage and placement of my body otherwise he wont shift or the movement wont go right.

    I think it betters my game a lot more. Even if i can't beat him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob T View Post
    Size matters... but it doesn't matter to me how someone gets the better of me, I want to be able to reverse the situation.

    Whether someone beats me with strength, technique, cardio, flexibility etc... I don't care, the outcome is the same. I just need to decide what attribute I need to improve to prevent it happening again.
    did you mean attribute there Rob ?

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    I did indeed, why?
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    Which attribute IMO

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    lol!! I am happy to admit I am a white belt in English. 4 stripes.
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    Great quote from Mir there I find I make that excuse to myself a lot usually if someone's bigger than me in grappling or taller in striking instead of trying to make the attributes work for me as the smaller guy.

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    sometimes size and/or age matter.......
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    I'm not very big and in the short time of rolling with big guys has improved my game. Espicialy in been a lot more postion aware, 100 odd kg pressing into my chest seems to putt it into my head a lot faster of think wow I'm not letting him get there again
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