alliedwarior Posted February 8, 2010 Report Share Posted February 8, 2010 People are always talking about how since champions are crushing there weight classes they should move up and I thought I'd give my thoughts. First off BJ Pen, he has beat alot of lightweights and some are saying no lightweight can beat him. Now I think this might be true but I think the UFC should give him a different kind of challenger. I'm not overly impressed with Pen and his striking, I have heard people talking about how good of a striker BJ is so I think this should be tested. The UFC should get the best strikers they have to face off (no ground guys) and find who is the best lightweight striker they have and thats who BJ should fight next. As for BJ moving up I dont think he would do so well GSP showed he can be put on the ground and beat up so I dont see Pen beating Fitch or Ko's espically since I think Fitch is to big and Kos has more power then BJ. Also I still doubt BJ could strike with alot of welterweights and he might not be able to take them down, this being said I dont think he could beat Paul Daley or Thigao Alves or even Paulo Thiago. So BJ chances against the top guys in Welterweight look bad to me and I think he should just keep it at lighweight. Now GSP, theres no denieing it if he beats Hardy he has cleared out Welterweight beating the top grapplers and strikers. I think giving GSP Alves and him beating him was proff GSP needs to move up and if he beat Hardy its just an excamation point. The only other fighters I would like to see him try is Daley and Anthony Johnson because they could test his chin. The way I feel for GSP going to Middleweight is that he could be in the top but I just don't know if he could be a champ. GSP has said he wouldn't fight Marquart so I would say the next top challenges at this weight are Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Mia, Yushin Okami, and Im going to say Wanderli because I think he is going to be a force soon. I think his chances look okay against fights like Chael Sonnen and Mia because he can use his wrestling to stay away from the ground with this guys and out strike them. But I think both Anderson Wanderli and Vitor would be bad match ups for him because they would all out strike him and if he could get them to the ground and he probally could I think there BJJ would help them servive and get back up or maybe even sub him but the time spent on the feet could be bad for him. I think he should start fighting Yushin because he is strong and would really show how GSP wrestling would do against these bigger stronger middleweights. So GSP could be a contender at middleweight but I dont know about a champion. Finally Anderson, all Im going to say is that I dont see anyone except for maybe Vitor outstriking Anderson. And if he gets past Vitor I say Chael has the best chance of beating him because he showed good wrestling against Nate and I think thats the key to beat Silva (as Hendo showed). At 205 Rampage could land a lucky punch but I think it would be like Shogun or Wandy 1&2 for Rampage unless he took Silva down. I think he should face a wrestler at 205 like Randy or Rashad and if he beats him he can be a champ at 205, I mean he has shown to be the best striker MMA has seen in a while and he doesnt look to bad off his back. The problem is he wouldnt face Shogun or Machida so unless one of them lose the belt he wont be fighting for it. But of the other top guys I would say he would beat the top strikers and his real tests would be wrestlers like Rashad and Randy who I think he would KO both. I think the guy that could beat Silva at 205 is Rampage because Rampage has good wrestling and power that he could use to either take Silva down or get a lucky KO. I think Silva has the best chance of any champ to move up in weight and would love to see him fight Rampage because that would a fight I really dont know who would win. I think Silva should leave middleweight and fight LHW for good and the UFC should give him Rashad or Randy and if he wins and Machida is champ and he doenst want to fight them let Rampage take them out and give Silva Vera or Jones (winner) in the mean time just for a good fight to watch. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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