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Man vs. Machine

Written by Tom Ngo
January 26th, 2009
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In the business world, companies constantly look to improve the work environment by replacing manual labor with machinery that will eliminate the costly element of human error. That philosophy reigned supreme at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” during the heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski and WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko.

Arlokvsi (Man): an emotional and fiery competitor that allows his human emotions to get the better of him.

Emelianenko (Machine): a subdued android that goes about his business of destroying any and all opponents that stand in his way.

Arlovski came out fast against the champ, throwing one combination after another. He was able to use his speed and length to confuse the robotic Russian and keep him off-balance for the slightest of moments.

He then landed a solid right and followed it up with a straight left front kick that sent Emelianenko backwards.  Then, instead of attacking with standard punches or kicks, he inexplicably leaped in for a high-risk flying knee.

“I guess I did pretty good in the first few minutes,” Arlovski said. “But at the end of the 1stRound I tried to do something flashy, and I paid for this.”

The man paid dearly for this mistake, as the machine cashed in big time. Emelianenko drew from his extensive memory bank and responded as he had been programed to.

Attack: Flying knee = Counter: Overhand right.

“There’s certain techniques that I practiced and worked on and certain scenarios and this is one of the scenarios that I anticipated,” said Emelianenko. “When that scenario came up, I knew the right thing to do was to go with the right. There are certain situations that we do train for, and that was my automatic response to the counter.”

And that was the end of it. Arlovski falls face first into the canvas, Emelianenko methodically raises his hand in victory.

Like a well oiled machine.

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