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Old 12-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #1
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Default What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

When a fighter isn't the original opponent, but steps in at late notice and performs way above expectations?

Just rewatching Little Nog versus Jason Brilz. Brilz was a replacement for Forrest Griffin, on a little less than a month's notice. Which isn't super late, but it's not close to a full camp either. And Brilz stepped up to the plate and fought his ass off, only to get robbed. But that's a different story.

Still, what are some of the most impressive stand-in performances to watch?

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Old 12-15-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Story Alvez comes to mind, as does Story Brenneman.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:26 AM   #3
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

JDS/Carwin was kinda late notice
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

[quote=Haggis McJackass;14403586]
Just rewatching Little Nog versus Jason Brilz. Brilz was a replacement for Forrest Griffin, on a little less than a month's notice. Which isn't super late, but it's not close to a full camp either. And Brilz stepped up to the plate and fought his ass off, only to get robbed. But that's a different story.
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I know we've been here before, but he didn't get robbed.


Brenneman/Story is what immediately comes to mind. Story was getting close to title talk, and then Brenneman smothered him into relative obscurity.

Weidman/Maia and Weidman/Sakara deserve a shout. Those fights more or less put him on the map.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Wow, for once I had the exact same exemple has everyone else, Story/Brenneman.

But IMO it's Story own fault if he lost, his last fight before that wasn't even a month before.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Varner vs Barboza was a good one. Also dont forget Jones took the Shogun fight on short notice.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Chris Leben/Akiyama, of course. Shortest time between wins in UFC history.

You also got to tip your hat to Lavar Johnson (Struve) and Dustin Pague (Stone).
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:12 PM   #8
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Some other memorable late notice step-ups:

- Ebersole/Lytle
- Weidman's whole career
- Varner upsetting Barboza
- Should we count Anderson Silva/Bonnar?
- Josh Koscheck also steps up very often
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:00 PM   #9
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Considering the VERY late notice, reputation of opponent at the time, size difference and quickness of victory Petruzelli Vs Kimbo deserves a shout.

Varner Vs Barboza was a heart warming one for me.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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Default Re: What's the best late-notice performance that you've seen?

Thiago Alves vs Rick Story
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:27 PM   #11
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Considering the VERY late notice, reputation of opponent at the time, size difference and quickness of victory Petruzelli Vs Kimbo deserves a shout.

Varner Vs Barboza was a heart warming one for me.
I here by change my post
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #12
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Thiago Alves vs Rick Story
Was that short notice?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #13
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Was that short notice?
Story took the fight on 8 days notice did he not
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:25 PM   #14
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Don't think so
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GSP in the 3rd Hughes fight.
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