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Everything posted by jimufctna24

  1. The general consensus seems to be that Usman, Yan, and Volkanovski are all heavy favourites heading into this weekend. As great a fighter as Holloway is, Volkanovski should be favourite. Not only did he win the first meeting between the pair, but he's also one of the most under-appreciated fighters in the game. He's, at worst, top 5 P4P. You could make an reasonable argument that the likes of Khabib, Izzy, Usman should be above him, but who else? Cejudo is inactive for the time being. Jones has looked very vulnerable of late against middling opposition. McGregor hasn't beaten a top-level opponent since 2016. Gaethje is a stunning fighter, but was his win over Ferguson really more impressive than Volkanovski's win over Holloway? I have no idea why Cormier still appears in P4P rankings, let alone ranked above more deserving fighters (the UFC have him ranked above Usman ffs) Aldo has seen much better days and Yan is an emerging force. So Yan being favourite makes perfect sense. Usman? He is rightfully favourite, but I am not ruling out a Masvidal victory. Usman may find it difficult to control Masvidal. The fight will take place in the larger cage, which naturally benefits the striker over the grappler. Masvidal also has some pretty tidy takedown/ground defence. I am picking Usman, but I won't be shocked if Masvidal pulls off the upset (although I hope he doesn't).
  2. I am very thankful that Masividal stepped in at short notice. But still, fuck him, I hope Usman takes him to school.
  3. If this card was taking place at the Apex, they probably would have sidelined Usman. However: I was scratching my head before reading Helwani's Tweet.
  4. (1) Aye, Tito Ortiz called Ibarra a "thief" and Rampage made similar comments. Ibarra then sued both for defamation of character. They came to a settlement in 2015 - https://www.mmafighting.com/2015/5/21/8640003/tito-ortiz-rampage-jackson-and-juanito-ibarra-settle-legal-disputes Tito's comments in that article make it sound that Rampage was mistaken about Ibarra (or perhaps even lying about him). (2) I had it in my head that Rampage had the "religious experience" that led to him "finding god" just before the 2nd loss to Wanderlei (which took place in October of 2004). The article below says he became a "born again" Christian in 2004. So either of us could be right. - https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/12/rampage/307152/
  5. Rampage blamed his trainer (Colin Oyama) for that loss. They parted ways soon thereafter. Rampage then hooked up with Ibarra, who he also eventually fell out with. Gross wrote years later that Oyama and Ibarra brought the best out of Rampage. They didn't put up with his nonsense and forced him to train hard. Given how underwhelming Jackson's performances have been since splitting with Ibarra, it's safe to say that Gross was right.
  6. So Steel City Interactive have Hatton, Bruno and Taylor on their video game's roster, yet they have seemingly chosen Johnny Nelson to be their cover star. Is @wandshogun09 advising them? πŸ˜‰
  7. They could theoretically combine your idea with Slack's if they really wanted to. That way, they could have fights from the divisions you theorised (smaller cage, "Lightening Division", etc), share the same card as fights from the regular divisions (larger cage). Or, they could allow camps to mutually agree on the size of the cage, and then adjust it accordingly if needed on the night of the fight (as you proposed with the Jon Jones example in your previous post). Personally, I would rather them stay simple and just shelf the larger cage. But then again, I am a sucker for simplicity.
  8. (1) Correct. WEC did use a smaller cage. (2) Similar ideas have been pitched to help fighters in the lighter divisions. Jack Slack:
  9. The smaller cage is the best setting for MMA. The ring looks better than the cage, but the ropes aren't sturdy enough to contain the action. There have been instances where fighters have risked serious injury by falling out of the ring and messy exchanges where fighters have gotten tangled up in the roped. Moreover, the larger cage makes it difficult for fighters to cut off the cage, which makes for long periods of inactivity during fights. The smaller cage has neither of these shortcomings. It contains the action, while also encouraging activity. Sure, the smaller cage doesn't benefit counter/backpeddling strikers (Machida for example), but whatever the setting, certain fighters are always going to benefit more than others. For example, smaller pressure fighters such as John Lineker have been hindered greatly by the large cage, as it makes it more difficult for them to draw their opponents into exchanges. Finger crossed the smaller cage becomes a regular fixture in UFC and Bellator going forward.
  10. Just caught the highlights on Youtube. It was a mega fight from what I saw. Poirier is a bit of a dark horse at 155lbs. Out of the top contenders, only Khabib has his number. I'd give him a decent chance against Conor, Gaethje and Ferguson.
  11. I've mentioned this before, so I will probably sound like a broken record, but Anderson was better suited to the cage rather than the ring. The cage doesn't have corners. which gives counter strikers more room to create distance and evade grappling exchanges. The ring with its sharp edges, makes strikers more vulnerable to being trapped in corners, which means they have to be very physical when fighting off takedowns. While Anderson was an excellent counter striker, he didn't have the frame to fight as a sprawl and brawler. Hence why he struggled a bit in Pride. Had the UFC used a ring instead of the cage, then it's very possible that he would have ended up as a wasted talent. Agreed. Stipe would be a handful for any heavyweight, past or present.
  12. Fair point. However, I believe the Middleweight division has evolved more than say the Heavyweight or Light-Heavyweight divisions. Is the Heavyweight division of say 2011, which had prime versions of Cain and JDS in it, really inferior to today's division? I've never been sold that Anderson's losses to Bisping and Weidman can be attributed to his age (not that you said it was the only factor). The warning signs were evident long before Weidman chinned him. When Maia and Cote chose to not extend themselves against him, he looked a bit lost and could only really lead with low kicks. And aye, he did change the game in some ways. As a striker, he was leagues above the other middleweights of his era. He was a crisp counter striker, who could stun opponents with his hands, knees, or feet. I just don't think he was as complete a fighter as some of the other greats of his era (Aldo, GSP, etc), and while I think he would be a contender today if he was still in his prime, I don't think he'd be champion. But as you said, for various reasons, we will never know for sure.
  13. I think that's mostly because striking and gameplanning during Anderson's era was weak compared to today. Anderson didn't have to trade or lead because his opponents usually played into his game. They would usually extend themselves trying to land strikes, and in the process, make themselves vulnerable to Anderson's counter strikes. It was against aggressive, yet relatively unskilled strikers, that Anderson shined brightest (see his bouts against Leben and Griffin for examples). Later on, Weidman and Bisping found out ways to neutralise with Anderson's counter game (feints, etc). Left with few other options, Anderson was forced to lead, and we found out that he wasn't a particularly good boxer on the front foot. Bisping in particular found it quite easy to tag Anderson when the latter marched forward. Anderson will be remembered as a legend (rightfully so), but was he a better fighter in his prime than say Whittaker or Adesanya are today? In my view, no. The game, or more specifically the middleweight division, has progressed quite a bit in the past decade or so.
  14. This is a brilliant watch. I think it originally aired in 2012. Sadly, they have cut out the best part. At one point In the original version, Eubank says to Collins "I don't mean this disrespectfully, but I was the stallion and you were the donkey" πŸ˜ƒ
  15. Aye, that's just disturbing. I prefer him as a miserable fucker.
  16. Miocic and DC 3 will take place in the smaller cage at the Apex. That could mean more grappling, which on paper favours DC. However, as Thomson (D.C's stablemate) mentions here, it's unlikely that DC will have the cardio to keep the fight on the mat for 25 minutes. And with the smaller cage, the pair will probably trade leather on more than one occasion. I'm still leaning towards picking Miocic by late stoppage.
  17. According to Big John, a doctor wanted to stop the first Jones vs Gus fight after the 4th round. The doc didn't like the look of Jones' cut. Big John allowed the fight to continue.
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