@ what point in Royce's carrer did he switch his fighting stance? i used to watch ufc 1-4 over & over to study how royce would get the clinch. i know for sure that he would stand southpaw for these 4 ufcs. i even asked him if he was a lefty when he came to hawaii, & he said he wasn't but he felt more comfortable fighting like that.
i too am right handed but feel more comfortable taking a southpaw stance. so i thought that was cool to base my game off Royce. then he took time off from fighting & ended up back in japan.
i don't have a lot of his fights since his return so i don't know @ what point he started fighting right handed. i did notice that Royce's stand up looks a lot worse than now than when he fought southpaw.
the old Royce shot in fast & threw front kicks that looked decent. now (right handed stance) he looks a little more uneasy on the stand up (doesn't move as freely) and doesn't throw any front kicks & his roundhouse kicks look like he is scared to throw them or doesn't follow through with them. the way he trys to clinch his opponents now remind me of how Rickson does it. it's like he's hopping into the clich rather than shooting (a lot slower than his southpaw stance) & leaving himself a little more open.
since he isn't trying to learn stand up to trade with his opponents do you think it was wise of him to change his stance? shouldn't he have stuck to southpaw and learned stand up from there?
i'm rooting for him cuz he is my friend & my bjj idol but i just wanted to see if anyone could answer my question.