Originally Posted by peno
Sorry but I gotta go with Stevenson. I just got a feeling. I think BJ's gonna win but in the back of my mind I honestly think Joe Daddy can pull the upset. I said it before, if Daddy gets BJ in a guilotine (spelling) or a rear naked choke BJ is fucked.
Forrest is getting KO'd early. Seriously. If he trades with Rampage he's gonna lose. I know Forrest is improving and evolving and all that but so is Page.
Either way you cut it we got 2 really good fights to look forward to.
Rampage has looked utterly fantastic both mentally and physically in his first 3 fights... two of which were absolutely HUGE (pressure/outcome wise). Shogun looked very sloppy in his fight with Forest, that's not to take anything away from Forest's win, he took the fight to Shogun 100% but he won't get the luxury of working Rampage into a state of second round exhaustion.
Rampage is hitting harder and his strikes are looking sharper than ever. His wrestling and ring control have looked great. I just don't see Forest having the raw power he needs to really hurt Rampage or to put him in a position to score the points he needs to win the fight. I think Forest is also going to get very bloody in this fight and a stoppage due to cuts wouldn't surprise me one bit.
When you look at Penn and Stevenson... yeah yeah I know Penn is the forum favorite but... I don't see his conditioning ever being what it was, I think the more you make BJ work the worse of a fighter he becomes and I doubt he'll be able to survive a late onslaught from Stevenson if the fight makes it to that point... that being said... I think BJ is the much better and more accomplished striker... and setting up Joe with big shots early I can see him winning within the first two rounds from his stand up. But once again, Joe has shown he can take a shot, he's also shown he can work off his back, and he's definitely shown utter dominance when he's pummeling someone through guard. Joe's accustomed to training and sparring with bigger, heavier, and stronger fighters and has done so his entire career.
I'd definitely consider leaning more towards Joe taking the upset (and I do admit it would be an upset) than Forest.
I'm just not convinced beating a Featherweight in your last appearance proves you're the best LW in the world...