I would rather see Hendricks/Ellenberger still on and just have Marquardt step in for Rory against Condit. Nate and Carlos both are coming off losses in title fights, while Hendricks and Ellenberger are coming off of wins and trying to earn a shot of their own. Match momentum with momentum!
Makes perfect sense and probably better fights, not to mention Jake and Hendricks could continue their training as they have been doing.
Switching out the Hendricks fight makes it seem as if it had no importance to begin with. The real fight to switch would have been GSP/Diaz.
Goodbye Mr. Burton
All in the reflexes Anderson Silva 5: TRT USERS 0 Hendo - Forrest - Nate - Chael... twice
Still think Woodley is right about where Marquardt is in the standings.
Simply because Marquardt has only fought twice recently and is 1-1 in those fights. Plus he lost to a guy (Tarec) who Woodley beat pretty easily over a 3 round decision. Plus knocking out Hieron in under a minute is pretty impressive. Also, Woodley was apparently already in pretty good shape from what I understand, as he stated he was going to be ready to fill in for anybody that got injured on this card. This should be a war though. Usually when Marquardt can fight somebody who's going to stand in front of him and not look to take him down much, it's fireworks...
I think Nate is the better fighter here but will he come in good shape? Nate is a guy who's not going to be intimidated or back straight up, and he keeps his guard high. I think he's the more technical striker and he's got pretty good cardio.
Jeez. Talk about recency effect. A lot of people were considering Nate to be one of the strongest contenders for GSP after he beat Woodley and after he had one bad performance against Saffiedine, he is now a layup? Give me a fucking break. Nate is still a great well-rounded fighter.
I would've rather that they kept the Hendricks and Ellenberger fight and did a Nate/Condit fight instead. The reason is because if Condit beats Hendricks, it will have a similar scenario to HW, where there is no clear contender as Condit just got beat by GSP and an immediate rematch wouldn't make much sense. I think if Ellenberger fought and beat Hendricks instead, he would have had a strong claim as the new #1 contender.
Nonetheless, I will still enjoy both of those fights.