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  1. If you want to see how the fights going to go between GSP and Nick Diaz I encourage you to download the fight between GSP and Karo Parisyan. I also encourage you to download the fight between Parisyan and Nick Diaz so you can see how similar their styles are. I'm a big believer in the similar opponent theory, thats how I knew Chael Sonnen would do well against Andersen Silva because of Chael's success against Paulo Filo.
  2. Stupidest thing Mike Rogan ever said was on a live free fight night. I believe it was Matt Hammil and some nobody, but i could be mistake. The attacking fighter had his right hand on the defenders neck gripping him tight and was hitting him in the face with his left hand. Rogan says 'he has him in a rape choke'. (on free tv) My little newphew was there and my girlfriend who was finally starting to get into the sport was there as well. Thanks a million Joe for that comment.
  3. The best reponse to this come straight from BJ Penn himself. http://www.bjpenn.com He isn't whining about the decision and neither should you. Simple fact is edgar is a great fighter and maybe BJ has been a bit overworked and needs a little time off. He fought like 13 and change tough rounds last year and then another 5 on saturday in the hottest most humid place on earth. Not exactly the best environment for an overworked bjj master. He will be back, don't doubt. Rested and ready to go. I think this is a good thing for the lightweight division to get some new looks and the title picture and refresh the divsion for a year until bj can make his triumphant return.
  4. Weight cutting has always been a part of wrestling, boxing, mma. Heck i even cut weight for Judo as a kid and there were only 3 weight classes. But I always had to make weight the day of the match. Usually just a few hours before. These UFC guys, no way they could do that. They are too drawn out the day before and need time to rehydrate. I have heard talke of having a 2nd weigh in on the day of the fight, where the fighter was only allowed to be like 8 pounds heavier or some such number depending on the weight class. I have to say all in all i like things the way they are. Weight cutting is a skill and if you're good at it, more power to you. What I would like to see is stiffer penalties against those that don't make weight. Facing a guy that's eight pounds heavier than you and it only costs him a small percentage of his purse. Thiago Alves beat Matt Hughes while not making weight and then got a tittle shot. Chael Sonnonan was robbed of the title in WEC because the Chump didn't make weight and still lost.
  5. Dana White said he would make up the debacle that was the Silva/Maia fight to the fans. He didn't say he knew how, but that he would. I have a suggestion for you Dana. Make the WEC pay per view free. Nobody is gonna pay for it anyway and it will be just be one more debacle for you. This way you come out ahead looking magnanimous.
  6. We all remember when Nover fainted on TUF. Which earned him the nick name fainting Philipe. He then went on to dominate his way to the finals, earning the nick name along the way of the worlds toughest nurse. He was set to fight yesterday on fight night, but 'fell down' and was not cleared to fight. Dana White twittered or tweeted that Nover had a seizure. Nover is as talented as they come with tons of potential, but should he fight again? He might just turn into the poster child for mma naysayers on why the sport is a kin human **** fighting or worse boxing.
  7. I have long been a proponent of the Pay per View Season ticket idea, but would like it to be made available by Yahoo over the internet like they have done for the last 6 ufc events. That way I can pick up my lap top and take it over to any of my friends houses and plug it into their tv. That way I don't get stuck hosting 20 ufc parties a year.
  8. That Gonzaga groin kick was so awful in hurt me to watch, I'm surprized that guy didn't die. That probably is the only way Lesnar loses. WHACKKK, ok take your five minutes. Anyway I;m up for a Nogera/mir rematch. Nog looked sharp and there maybe something to that whole staph infection 5 days before their fight. Couture was landing some serious bombs on Nog and he was taking them no problem. Mir might be in trouble in a rematch.
  9. I'm not trying to hate on Koscheck who has fought some great guys, he just hasn't really beaten any of the good ones, his best wins are against Lytle (a pure striker) Pure strikers almost always get beat by pure wrestlers, Though Koscheck has greatly improved his striking, Dustin Haslett (a fine win on his resume), and an undersized Diego Sanchez, Sanchez truly does belong at 155, and to Sanchez credit he did beat him on the show despite being undersized. Kim might not have the long list of opponents like gsp and Alves on his resume that Koscheck does (both dominating losses) but he has a well rounded game. People called Lyota Machida boring for a long while too, I am probably being too hard on Parisyan, but I am a hater when it comes to cheaters.
  10. Gonzaga appears to be adding weight for just this chance. I saw he weighed in at 260 at ufc 102 and he usually weighs around 230. He didn't look fat either, so he must be working on his strength and conditioning
  11. Brocks next match is against Shane Carwin, who is basically Brock light. He is gonna come in about 20 pounds lighter than Brock. He is a division 2 wrestling champion to brocks division 1 national championship. I think Carwin might have even forgotten his wrestling a bit because he got taken down by Gonzaga, a non wrestler. Carwins one chance lies with his big punch, Lesnar will smother him and ground and pound him out and I suspect Carwin won't have a clue what to do when he gets put on his back. Next up Cain Valascaz. He is primarily a wrestler too, but smaller than Carwin and no real finishing power as we saw against Check Congo. So that will take us well into next year. Maybe next summer we might see a Lesnar vs Nog fight. But look for Lesnar to take Nog down and smother him the way he did to Mir. Plus Lesnar is learning all the time. He has grown in each fight he has been in the Octagon. Lesnar did look pretty upset at Gonzaga after Gonzaga kicked Lesnar friend and sparring Partner In the nuts so bad he through up at UFC 102. Maybe lesnar will call him out. Just watch out for those Head kick and Nad kicks, and watch the couture/gonzaga tape about 40 times and lesnar will be fine.
  12. Seems like everyone on this thread has it right. Guys need to be well rounded and need to also focus on their strengths. Just a few words on the different styles. The grappling styles seem to be the most important. (wrestling, BJJ, and Judo) Fighters need to work on their standup, but a great grappler can get by with average standup in boxing, kickboxing, and mui tai are and now Karate. A great standup guy with average grappling will rarely advance to greatness. (Machida has great grappling, so don't start) We see lots of wrestlers in MMA. Why is this? I ask retorically. Well their are tens of thousands of wrestlers in the USA alone, and the ones that rise to the top and become MMA stars are the cream of the crop athletically and probably more important mentally. Wrestling is gruelling sport and the tournament atnosphere and training those guys go through for no potential million dollar payoff - like basketball or football makes the guys that stick around the truly hardcore. The style itself is a great base, but has many holes that need to be filled. In the UFC today champions whose primary discipline is Wrestling include GSP and Lesnar. BJJ also dominates MMA. But by itself its vulnerable. I;m not gonna use the Marquart/Maiai match cause we only really saw one punch. A good example is former tuf fighter Vincente magdalinas. HIs MMA career has sputtered since the show because he can't strike with anyone good, and can;t take guys down and no one is stupid enough to go into his guard. Notables that use BJJ as their primary discipline include BJ Pen and Anderson Silva, but in todays MMA everyone must study it. Judo is under represented but Parisyan and Nick Diaz were great standard barers for the sport, I hope to see judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishi advance the cause of Judo the same way Machida advanced the cause of Karate.
  13. Seems like everyone on this thread has it right. Guys need to be well rounded and need to also focus on their strengths. Just a few words on the different styles. The grappling styles seem to be the most important. (wrestling, BJJ, and Judo) Fighters need to work on their standup, but a great grappler can get by with average standup in boxing, kickboxing, and mui tai and now Karate. A great standup guy with average grappling will rarely advance to greatness. (Machida has great grappling, so don't start) We see lots of wrestlers in MMA. Why is this? I ask retorically. Well their are tens of thousands of wrestlers in the USA alone, and the ones that rise to the top and become MMA stars are the cream of the crop athletically and probably more important mentally. Wrestling is a gruelling sport and the tournament atnosphere and training those guys go through for no potential million dollar payoff - like basketball or football makes the guys that stick around the truly hardcore. The style itself is a great base, but has many holes that need to be filled. In the UFC today champions whose primary discipline is Wrestling include GSP and Lesnar. BJJ also dominates MMA. But by itself its vulnerable. I;m not gonna use the Marquart/Maiai match cause we only really saw one punch. A good example is former tuf fighter Vincente magdalinas, a many time world bjj champion. HIs MMA career has sputtered since the show because he can't strike with anyone good, and can;t take guys down and no one is stupid enough to go into his guard. Notables that use BJJ as their primary discipline include BJ Pen and Anderson Silva, but in todays MMA everyone must study it. Judo is under represented but Parisyan and Nick Diaz were great standard barers for the sport, I hope to see judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishi advance the cause of Judo the same way Machida advanced the cause of Karate.
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