i always thought luke and his height advantage would be a bad match up for yoel but after seeing the fight i dont know why i thought that, it was actually a bad matchup for luke cuz he doesnt have good boxing to use that height advantage and pick him apart from the outside.
if his gameplan was to gas yoel out it would never have worked, yoel coulda went forever the way luke was fighting. he wasnt pressuring, he wasnt clinching or wrestling or holding him on the fence.
i think his gameplan was to pick him apart from the outside with leg kicks, a jab and try to win by hard kicks to the body/leg/head. but yoel checked those first few hard leg kicks and i think that hurt both of them. his jab was kind of working but not really doing much cuz he couldnt stop yoels darting in with heavy strikes and thats when i knew luke couldnt win. he had no defensive boxing or head movement like, say a stipe, instead he just ran and got the fuck outta the way.
clinching against the fence and trying to work a trip or something and hold yoel down would have been a sound strategy to gas him out but i dont think luke wanted to risk the dirty boxing and explosiveness having yoel that close to him to throw hard shots.
so for his gameplan to work he would have needed to have better boxing. like gsp esque jab and stipe like defensive boxing/ head movement/ striking off back foot.
his kicks can only get him so far. i dont think henri hooft is the best fit for him and would be better off with a mark henry or jason perillo type of trainer that focuses a lot on the boxing. yoel capitalized off literally the same thing as bisping in luke dropping his right hand.
but with all that said, im glad he hasnt progressed cuz hes such a douchey prick and his ego is prolly what holds him back cuz he thinks hes the best.