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What the future holds at 205 winthin the next year!

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UFC 118 Randy Couture vs. James Toney even though at HW Couture winning makes him top 5 at 205

UFC 119 Lil Nog vs. Ryan Bader

UFC 123 Rampage Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida

UFC 123 Jon Jones vs. Thiago Silva

UFC 124 Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin

UFC ??? Randy Couture vs. Lil Nog could be for #1 contender

UFC ??? Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans LHW Title in March 2011 in Toronto, Ontario

UFC ??? Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida #1 Contender*

UFC ??? Shogun Rua vs. Couture or Jones LHW Title in July 2011

 

my winners in bold

 

*they'll probably have Jones jump through more hoops before his shot, 24 years old seems to be the youngest Dana is willing to go for a fighters first Championship fight Jon will be 24 in July 2011

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I think Dana shouldnt rush with Jones.

 

he has to fight the top guys sometimes or they're will always be questions, giving him Silva since Forrest doesn't want to fight him then the winner of Rampage/Machida i think is a fair test for him, maybe Couture or Lil Nog/Bader winner not sure

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OH GOD COUTURE vs JONES is JUICY.

 

i could see that happening more then giving Jones a fighter coming off injury like Forrest, T. Silva, or Franklin, i think it all depends on the James Toney fight

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Ohhhhhhh yes he is.

 

I think Rogerio has it' date=' more ways to win

 

Rogerio is not beating Bader silly kid. :P :D

 

Bader is no joke but he starts slow and could be a problem against Lil Nog

 

Shogun will be champ until he retires.

 

maybe

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for me the only LHW fight i want to see now is A.Silva against Jon Jones.. Two of the most fluid standup guys with the most technically sound ground games. Can Jon Jones take a punch though? Who can test his chin? Can anyone even get close enough to tap him?

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Couture vs Jones wouldn't even be a contest. Just look at Couture vs Vera and Jones vs Vera. Randy had a long fight with vera while Jon Jones walked through him.

 

most of the times i say this i remember the gameplan that Couture has, might not be the most flashy but it works, i.e. Sylvia and Gonzaga recently big match-ups he was the underdog

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like you never wanted to make matches' date=' it's called imagination[/quote']

 

Oh I have, thats not what I'm saying though. The title of the thread is "what the future holds at 205 within the next year" not "what fights I want to happen within the next year".

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Shogun will be champ until he retires.

 

Might be best to wait until he has one or two successful title defences before giving him the title for the next 3-4 years.

 

Page defended successfully once.

Griffin didn't defend successfully.

Evans didn't defend successfully.

Machida defended successfully once (but barely).

 

Rua has a rock hard chin, excellent technical striking and good BJJ.

His cardio is also back up to 100%.

His only weakness is takedown defence - which happens to be a bad weakness to have vs both Evans and Jon Jones. Let's see him defend against both of those before we claim he's unbeatable eh? We saw what just happened to Silva (whose striking after all is far further ahead of the rest of his division than Rua's is)

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I think Dana shouldnt rush with Jones.

 

12 fights with his only loss being his own fault, and he has not been tested yet.

 

It's time.

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I'm not sure I agree that Couture winning a fight outside the division against someone with no MMA experience puts him top five. And Thiago Silva may be out for awhile with these recurring back injuries. But other than that I agree with most of what the OP said.

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