TKZ did nothing at all. I love TKZ but that was pathetic. Ortega had a high guard but he didn't attack the body with any punches. Ortega would stay heavy on the lead leg but TKZ didn't chop down his leg.
TKZ got countered off every single one of his attacks. Ortega took all of his weapons away.
That's cause TKZ would only throw 1-2 shots at Ortega's high guard. He didn't really mix up the attack outside of a single body kick occasionally.
No disrespect to TKZ because I’m a huge fan, but he’s never shown a great striking IQ. He’s also never been known as guy that puts together 5 to 6 punch combinations. He’s a power puncher and to a fault, he’s a headhunter. Ortega had him confused in this fight and instead of doing something simple like answering Ortega’s jab (with a leg kick or cross) or throwing a rear uppercut when Ortega reached for his leg, he was looking for the perfect shot. When you do that, you lose opportunities and eat shots in the process.
Even something as simple as jab would have been very effective for TKZ but not only does he throw very few, his corner didn’t seem to be giving him strategic and technical advice. What you’re describing has never been a part of TKZ’s s t y le, Ortega just made that abundantly clear tonight.
I did expect more uppercuts from TKZ as Ortega would close to shoot but didn't see that. I expected more leg kicks as Ortega stayed heavy on the leg but although the ones he threw were effective there wasn't enough volume. I thought a quick cross to the body would have served him well but there were no technical adjustments. He closed the distance and just was too timid to throw.
Yeah I agree. I’m not saying TKZ can’t adjust, because he obviously can. He’s done it in past fights. It just seems that in this fight there were too many attacks that he didn’t have an answer for. Instead of picking one and taking it away, he just basically tried to walk Ortega down for the kill shot.
I agree that cross to the body was there as well as the lead hook to the body. I thought it would have countered Ortega well, especially considering they drilled a lot of defensive attacks and counters off Zombie’s lead hook to the head. He did a decent job of cutting off the cage, it’s just that Ortega used angles really well and stayed offensive off his back foot, whether he was firing first or countering.
I just feel like TKZ wasn’t ready for the Ortega we saw tonight. I don’t think anyone expected that performance. In that fight it was evident how little TKZ has evolved, and how much Ortega has.