Originally Posted by rivethead
I wouldn't say Hughes is even close to GSP's size.
I'm assuming when you say Tim is the most skilled big man that you're adding his TDD...because his striking can't hold a candle to Schilt's. Not even close.
I don't see Fedor getting controlled by Randy's striking either. Randy's best chance would be the clinch.
Do you think fighters owe you anything? It could be that a fighter is developing and learning new things from a new camp. Just because you--a person who admit you've never cut weight or fought--think it makes someone "look less impressive imo in a weird way..." do you think a fighter who is sacrificing and striving to be successful gives two shits about the opinion of a casual fan who admittedly doesn't have a clue what they are doing?
imo Timmys overall skill is better than Schilts, it'd be hard press to say Schilts 3 time kick boxing skills aren;t as good as Timmys and i don't intend to. Timmys a more complete fighter imo.
I wasn't saying Fedor would be controlled by Randys striking i was saying or trying to say his overall game was very good and a tough matchup for Fedor.
As far as the second quote you made from my comments, i should have titles this thread, What it takes to become successful in the ufc, aside from training hard.
IMO to become truly successful and not just a one hit wonder or have a .500 average, you need to come to the ufc with you body ready to cut as much weight as possible, so your body can match up with the other bigger fighters.
Can you succeed and win some fights being a smaller guy, of course but histroy suggests that you more than likely to fail. Lyoto Machida isn't the biggest guy however he has had little trouble thus far, there are other examples.
I don't think any fight owes me anything, that was just my poorly stated opionion.
As far as fighters who are developing new things, this is excatly why i think the ufc should be using the WEC or somewhere else as a development league so only fighters who are ready for the big time will be competing in the ufc.
What i meant by looks less impressive is say someone was fighting at LHW and gets beat and not only beat but gets dominated by less than top 10 LHW guys, he than drops to MW and wins 3 or 4 fights and than wins the title. Some fans who only watch it once in awhile will say what the hell i just watched him a few months ago, get knocked out 2 times and now he is MW champ. This is a extreme case .
I'm not a casusal fan, i just have never cut weight because i have no wrestled or have compete at a high level in any sport which requires myslef to cut weight. I do realize why you said it and thus why i said my opinion was poorly stated.