Originally Posted by rampage9712
As far as possible match-ups with guys like GSP or Evans. Both are very tough fights... not saying much seeing how Evans is the #2 LHW and GSP is #1 WW. They both have a better and more explosive shot than Sonnen, few can say that. The problem for them is that it is not that simple. They dont bull rush forward and throw caution to the wind like Chael does. He eats a decent amount of shots before he gets inside in most of his fights. I highly doubt GSP or Rashad are that durable... They also both fight very defensively because of past tko losses.
GSP gets clowned if he tries his ranged jabs, superman punches, throw in a few leg kicks with Anderson. He would get tko'd for sure, but he has that Excellent double leg that he can land at any second, so it would be hard to predict.
I have seen Rashad as AS's biggest threat if he actually went down to MW or could even make it. He clearly has the frame to make MW, but he loves to eat... he gets big in between fights and carries around a lot of muscle... possible some of it unnecessary... He has the speed to deal with AS and clearly the wresting to get him down... He actually has some good GNP when he gets it going, but he gets very chinny at times, and AS is the most precise striker in MMA.
i think chael can take a punch better than gsp or evans. i think that allows him to rush in and take a chance where as evans or gsp would probably get KOed in the process. i think at lhw evans would take sonnen, but i do not think he would fair any better against silva, infact i think he would actually do worse. he lasted 5 rds against jones sure, but to me it felt like after the first couple of rounds and elbows that jones heart wasnt into finishing rashad and that rashad had already accepted the fact that he basically lost the fight. i think silva would finish him.
i think gsp of old has the stand up to fight silva for a little bit but would get caught eventually and i still do not think his chin is all that solid. same with evans.