Originally Posted by joeodd2
People assume that Johnson WILL gas....what if he doesn't? I mean if gas was the biggest problem in the Koscheck fight, one would assume that Johnson would have done some serious work on his cardio. So all things being equal, I think Johnson has the cleaner technique and killer instinct to KO Hardy again.
Fair point - if Rumble shows up in shape then the chances of him winning the fight increase dramatically. I don't recall him ever really getting dominated standing (although happy to be corrected). He's a big, strong athletic dude with a 2" height and 4" reach advantage. Chinwise, I remember him taking a couple of Josh Koscheck fastballs and not seeming too fazed by it, so I figure his his jaw isn't made of glass. He's a decent stylistic matchup for Hardy especially if he uses his wrestling (I think I remember hearing he was a JUCO National champ?)
If he can get his cardio and weight issues under control then he's a long night for any welterweight in the UFC.