Originally Posted by The Donosaur
True, but the gap between the wrestling is far greater that the other gaps.
I dont know about that. IMO you are overrating Maynard and Bendo's striking... especially Maynard... who has improved by leaps and bounds since his TUF days, but isnt an elite striker. We really have no way of knowing how good of a wrestler Aldo really is... All we know is that he has a very high TDD rate as well as TD rate. His quickness helps him a lot.
Originally Posted by Masscore
Edgar took down the likes of Sherk, Penn, Maynard and Bendo. If you honestly think for a second that Aldo's takedown defense is better then those 4 then I want what you are smoking.
Being a better wrestler doesnt always=better TDD. We have seen it time and time again in MMA. BJ and JDS didnt start wrestling until they were older and getting into MMA. Years behind some of these other guys, but are known for having some of the best TDD ever. Liddell wrestled in college but was nothing special, look how that turned out for him.... even against great wrestlers like Couture and Randallman.
GSP is a great wrestler, but doesnt have the accomplishments and credentials of many of the better wrestlers in the UFC, yet he has some of the best TDD we have ever seen.
Originally Posted by Masscore
Also one can make the argument that Edgar's striking is every bit as good as Aldo's. If Aldo is a better striker it is by the slimmest of margins. When was the last time Aldo outstruck a fighter like Penn? When was the last time Aldo TKO'd a monster like Marynard? The answer to both those questions are never.
Aldo better pray that Edgar has a bad cut because if the cut goes well and Edgar is 100% then we will have a brand new FW Champion.
Frankie has certainly fought better competition. But if you look at it stylistically, you can see why people see Aldo giving him problems... Frankie typically enjoys a big speed advantage, that is not the case in this fight. Frankie is also very quick with his transitions, but so is Aldo...
Jose also has a much more diverse striking package... Aldo is simply the more talented fighter imo, he will land a big shot and swarm on Edgar...
I definitely changed my stance that Aldo would destroy Edgar with ease. Frankie has really impressed me in his last 4 fights, with Gray and Ben. Ill still take Aldo, but it could go either way.
The key will be the wrestling. If Aldo can stop the takedown, he will win the fight. Frank is very good at setting them up and gets off quickly, so he is a huge threat in that area... He clearly isnt as big or strong as Gray or Ben, but he has better wrestling for MMA than both of them at this point in time IMO. He really stepped his game up since the first Gray fight...
And I really dont remember him purely out-striking BJ. I had Bj winning the first fight... and the 2nd fight was mainly won on his transitions... Kept him guessing... BJ is certainly one of the most skilled fighters out there today, even more so than Aldo... but he definitely isnt as fast or explosive at this point.