But I also think those expectations were not unreasonable given Dake's recent performances; losing to Kadimagomedov may have been unexpected, but losing so badly was just shocking, and not just to Dake fans. It's hard to explain it whether you are rooting for him or not.
For my part, I do think we all try to overexplain things. Elite athletes are not robots. Sometimes even the best have a bad performance, or a bad day. There could be one reason why, there could be a combination of things. But as a big Dake fan, I am inclined to think that loss, while unfortunate, was something of an anomaly; at least I hope so! The big question now is - how will he move on?