Originally Posted by RetardedChimp
Stuff like this I never really understand. On one hand you have a fight where Brashear shows a ton of heart by recovering from Laraque ragdolling him early, to come back and drop him. How many times has Laraque ever been dropped by a punch? If you want to talk about lack of heart and lack of desire to mix it up then Laraque is the prime candidate, but people say it's "ok" because he was "nice". Anyways, to me that fight is a solid example of Brashear showing heart, to you it is just a 'lucky punch because Laraque stopped fighting' or whatever you said before. If Brashear was such a bailing heartless coward then why didn't he just go down? He was obviously in a bad spot the majority of the fight. I feel if it was another fighter coming back like that...say Probert...people's opinions would be vastly different. Honestly, think about it from a different perspective, separate the names from the back of the jerseys, and it might surprise you.
I really was impressed with Brashear with the way he came back in that fight. It was, in a way, the first time he really impressed me. Don't get me wrong, he had a slew of beatdown wins and victories over the years-a lot of dominating wins. In a sense, it's one thing to hand out a beating-but another to be able to take one. My feelings for Brash always hinged on certain incidents/fights where he avoided those tests/trials a fighter simply has to go through in order to be among the very gods of war we always celebrate here. The playoff fight against Domi '03 with that utterly shameful bailout. i alway thought "the Don" had a date that night and didn't want to mark up his pretty face.
The other was the McGrattan/Neil incident where McGrattan tried to get him to go, but Brash refused-only to take on the smaller neil shortly after. Incidents like this seemed to personify him in my mind as a kind of bully or thug. Willing to dish out punishment, but unwilling to take any. When i saw Brash get up off the ice and make a go of it against Laraque-I was impressed. he actually displayed legitemate heart. Heart is one of those great/unique intangibles in fighting that we seem to overlook these days. So many are so black and white about it "only wins and losses should count" well yeah-if that helps your argument, go with it. But to me it's how you get those wins and losses that counts a little more. I was almost... proud of Brash in that fight with Laraque. Like seeing a troubled son who would never listen-only to watch him get it right when it mattered the most.
just my .02 !