Originally Posted by Kimbo> Rampage
Rashad poses a ton of problems for Anderson... He is a bigger test to him than anyone at MW... Weidman included
Rashad is an elite wrestler. He is faster and more explosive than Chael. His takedowns are set up well and he has a very fast shot. He is also very strong. He deals more damage with his GNP than Sonnen does as well... Also less susceptible to submissions imo...
The big question is how his chin is... Sonnen found so much success in those fights and in many of his other fights because of his ability to eat a ton of big shots and keep coming forward... While Rashad's standup is WAY better than Chaels, he gets hit less... He hasnt shown to have a granite chin. Against someone like Anderson that can be crucial.
As far as weidman goes, we really dont know how good his chin is, its never been tested. If he does have a good chin, then his chances against Anderson increase greatly.
Bisping was looking to pay his dues by beating someone like Vitor... Weidman has never fought someone like that.
Have him fight someone like Okami, Vitor, or Lombard... then he will have beaten an elite MW...
Munoz was never an elite MW in my book... Hell a win over Bisping is worth more imo.
I agree with everything you say, especially Bisping being more deserving if he beat vitor, except I disagree that with Evans being a bigger threat than Weidman. Evans has no chance to finish Silva. He would get chewed up on the feet and doesn't possess the power to KO silva even if he caught them. Silva doesn't get the credit he deserves for the shots he has just walked through. Hendo caught him clean and it didn't rock him. Vitor landed a decent shot as well with the same effect. Evans also isn't very threatening from top position. He has good control but GNP and subs leave a lot to be desired.
Weidman has shown he can be very dangerous with his sub game. Last time Silva had someone that is dangerous on top of him was Lutter, who also gave Silva his biggest test in the UFC next the first Sonnen fight. If Lutter didn't have a horrible weight cut he probably would have hit that armbar when he transitioned out of mount for it. It's the fact that Weidman has more dangerous ground attack than Evans that makes him a bigger threat.
Originally Posted by v3xi
Rashad would beat Weidman but I think Weidman has a better shot at beating Anderson..
Agreed, I think Rashad could neutralize the wrestling and has an advantage on the feet.