And who exactly are these guys lining up to challenge GSP? Outside of Hendricks, everyone is coming off of losses. And Hendricks has a loss to Rick Story, who's barely top 20.
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Some comparative MW's who Anderson has fought/could fight compared to the upper WW's... Look at them skill wise and stylistically.
yep... its clear as day, the MW's cant hold a candle to them...
Yes, Weidman is the #1 contender, and yes, Anderson is ducking him. For what reasons? You'd have to be Anderson or privy to backstage details to know for sure. Of course Weidman is a bad match up, but we've all seen way too fucking much from Anderson to question his heart or toughness in the cage.
Put yourself in Anderson's shoes and evaluate the risk/reward ratio. If Ellenberger pulls the upset and beats Big Rig, and GSP beats Diaz, then a potential superfight between Anderson and GSP is very much back on the table. I think the Silva camp is hedging right now and waiting to see what happens at UFC 159. With all the hype that's building up (on forum threads just like this one) Weidman may prove to be a successful draw. Hell, Weidman may be the only draw if Anderson wants to make Anderson Silva money at any point this year, cause he sure as hell isn't looking to fight Jon Jones.
I have a hard time imagining Rashad being shoe-horned into a MW title fight, especially since he's so damn non-committal on the subject. He can talk the talk, but I don't get the sense that he's begging for an AS title shot. Rashad would need to pull off another Chuck Liddell-like KO to jump past Weidman, IMO.
Am I the only one who thinks it's a bad idea for Chris Weidman to be fighting a monster like Anderson straight off shoulder surgery? If I were him, I'd be looking for a tune up fight. Be careful what you wish for, Chris.
Last edited by trustkill; 01-31-2013 at 11:35 PM.
"WW is clearly a shit division"...Really!?
Just because GSP had 1 bad fight doesn't mean he's a shit fighter. He's obviously one of the best in the world.
Plus, what about Jake Shields, who nobody mentioned, having victories over 2 of the guys everybody is talking about when comparing the 2 divisions (Hendo and Okami)? Those are guys who are a weight class above his natural weight. What about the fact that Marquart has lost to a few guys most people have never heard of?
Look at all the guys at WW now. GSP, Diaz, Hendricks, Condit, Rory, Maia, Fitch, Koscheck, Kampmann, Alves, Shields, Ellenberger, Marquardt, Woodley, Eric Silva...then you got guys like Hughes (obviously) and Lytle that were badass in their day as well...that's alot of freakin depth.
When it comes to top 5 or so MW can compare but when we're talking top 10-15 I think WW takes it clearly. IMO it's between WW and LW for the most talented overall division as of right now.
Last edited by dbader08; 01-31-2013 at 11:59 PM.
Now, as far Matt Serra goes... he's not a top ten fighter. He didn't earn his title shot by working his way up the rankings. He got it by winning the reality show. And although he does hold a victory over GSP, I don't think anyone is ever going to accuse him of being a better fighter than Georges.
Sometimes people get caught... just ask Anderson how he did against WW Ryo Chonan and Daiju Takase. Sometimes shit happens. And if we're going to compare embarrassing losses on people's records, Chael...
I realize this argument is very subjective, so maybe we should just post a poll and see what the results are. I'm actually curious now, because I really wasn't expecting people to disagree with me about WW being tougher.
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