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How the hell can you give Vitor a title shot at all when you know he can't fight in the US? If he wins you force every challenger to fight him "dirty" down in Brazil.
With the number of Brazilian cards the UFC are commiting to recently, they may not see that as a problem.
If he's the champ, challengers will have to go & fight him full of whatever the brazilian authorities let him get away with.
Going into this fight, I knew that Hendo had slowed down quite a bit and accepted the fact that Vitor might serve him his first T/KO defeat. But I never imaged it would happen so fast and so brutally. At first look, I too thought it may have been an early stoppage, but upon seeing the replay it was clear that Hendo was done. That uppercut crushed him, and the head kick laid him out flat.
Right now I'm providing psychological counseling to my friend, a huge Hendo fan, who introduced me to the sport of MMA 7 years ago. I think this is the end of Hendo. I can't see how he and Zuffa can come to terms on a contract that satisfies the interests of both parties. For some reason anticipate Dan signing with Bellator and having a rematch with Quinton. This seems like the most likely option.
As for Vitor, Dana talks about the "travesty" of Vitor being denied a TRT exemption/fight license in the US and keeps preaching about Vitor having no problem getting fight clearance in the US. But that's total BS, and it seems that Vitor's refusal to fight Machida and Kennedy will work in his favor. Now it will be other guys refusing to fight him in Brazil, but we all know the UFC will keep having him headline fight cards in Brazil. They will put huge pressure on the winner of the Silva/Weidman rematch to fight Belfort in Brazil. Vitor never comes back to the US.
Alright can we officially give this man his shot. I don't think there's a hotter fighter then Vitor right now. He's earned it, highlight fashion giving the ppl what they want and making Dana that money. GIVE HIM HIS FUCKING TITLE SHOT!!!
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Jeez; Bisping, Rockhold and Henderson all by head kick KOs. Belfort is probably the fighter of the year. It's just too bad that the streak is tainted by his TRT use.
If he has normal testosorone levels for a man his age, there is no issue. He says he gets tested every week. As far as I'm concerned he's not abusing, he's going out of his way to show that. What more can people want from the man? Everything he'd accomplished he'd done because he's healthy and works really hard to be where he is. Not to mention his technique and combinations are amazing. No matter I think he's the next MW champ, especially if Wiedman does beat Anderson again. I think Wiedman is made to order for Vitor, but I wouldn't count him out against Anderson either, I could even see a trilogy fights between all three if Anderson beats Wiedman, then Vitor beats Anderson, and then Anderson/Weidman fight for a shot at Vitor.
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"I don't call the fighting in my films 'violent', I call it 'action'. An action film borders between fantasy and reality. If I were to be completely realistic in my films, you would call me a violent, bloody man. I would simply destroy my opponent by tearing his guts out. I wouldn't do it so artistically." ~Bruce Lee
You have to try and take vitor to deep water, IMO. I think Chris or Anderson can keep the distance with him. I think Chris can tire him out by wrestling him. I look forward to seeing either because this version of vitor is an absolute beast.
Whether people like it or not TRT is legal so Vitor is doing nothing wrong in using it. Additionally I think this fight proved, at least to me, that there is more to Vitor's recent success than TRT. Dan also uses TRT so even if you think TRT gives fighters an unfair advantage neither guy in this fight would have had an advantage. Vitor looked even better against another TRT user than he did against non TRT users.
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1)Gray Maynard 2)Dan Henderson 3)Minotauro Nogueira 4)Wanderlei Silva 5)Roy Nelson 6)Tim Boetsch 7)Mark Hunt 8)Shogun Rua 9)Lyoto Machida 10) Connor McGregor
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