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post #21 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 08:25 PM
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These were the fighters I was most looking forward to seeing from the LHW tourney: 1. Phelipe Lins, 2. Richard Hale, 3. Matt Van Buren, 4. a healthy Marcus Vanttinen. That's even worse than the UFC has been getting hit lately.

E.J. Brooks was probably the most intriguing individual fighter on the card, and he couldn't make weight.

It's very frustrating. No question now the UFC event takes priority/full attention. I won't even watch the BFC prelims and the main card is being watched on the DVR on medium speed fast forward until things happen.
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Well that is just how it rolled out. Remember there are certain divisions that Bellator is still developing. Lightheavyweight is certainly one of them.

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Lol just read a comment on Facebook by Eric Prindle, guy needs to get back in school -

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They've been addressing their heavyweight division. What do you think this thread is about?
I have no idea what you talking about. I know they are addressing their division, just saying it needs to be better is all
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Well they are addressing their divisions that are thin which in this case is the heavier weights. Their weightclasses are pretty full right now. Particularly the ones that have been doing the tournaments the longest.

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Reasonably happy with the semi-finals, thought the best 4 guys went through.

Semi's are Wiuff v Carpenter, and Vegh v Newton.

Interesting fights. I expect Wiuff to smash Carpenter and make the finals, but the other fight is much harder to pick. I think i'm edging towards Newton to get the upset.

If Newton or Wiuff win the tournament, i expect them to beat M'Pumbu.



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I don't think Wiuff would win the rematch with M'Pumbu the way the first fight went and considering it'll be a 5-rounder this time around. M'Pumbu had Wiuff seriously hurt on a couple occasions and effectively beat himself by not pouncing when it happened in the third. M'Pumbu can learn this time around, and win a couple rounds on cardio alone if it goes to a decision. That would have won him the first fight on most judges cards I think. I thought that was clearly 29-28 through 3.

Newton or Vegh however I agree would beat M'Pumbu. They are both plus wrestlers, decent athletes, have solid jits, and their stand-up is good enough to at least be competitive with M'Pumbu.

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I have no idea what you talking about. I know they are addressing their division, just saying it needs to be better is all
It was at the very least odd phrasing in response to the thread topic. You didn't say it was "still" weak, implying that the additions weren't enough to save it. You just said it was weak, implying you were sharing your opinion on its standing before the changes, since Prindle got lucky by winning the last tourney. Do you even have perspective on all the heavyweights they did add?

BTW, they did add another now that Richard Hale has moved up to heavyweight.

Champion - Cole Konrad

Tourney Fodder - Thiago Santos, Vitaly Minakov, Alexei Kudin, Ryan Martinez, Richard Hale, Mark Holata, Ron Sparks, Brett Rogers, Eric Prindle, Ruslan Magomedov

DL - Blagoi Ivanov

That's pretty respectable. Nobody said it was UFC. Weak in comparison to what?
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I think it's comparable to the UFC roster honestly. Granted there are fewer of them but they are comparable. Cole could definately be a good UFC fighter, but that would be after his contract.

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I don't think its massivley comparable to the UFC's division. Konrad is a stud dont get me wrong, but he's the only guy that would go to the UFC and be a top 10 guy. Thiago Santos and Blagoi Ivanov would probably be top 20. All the rest are either not good enough or unknown prospects (who one day may be good enough).

But the heavyweight division is definately a lot stronger than it was a year ago which is good.



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Well that is certainly true. One other thing to take into consideration is that Bellator is still developing stars in the various divisions. Most if not all the guys in Bellator are rising stars.

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