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Posted 12-03-2007 at 07:44 PM by GMW
I’m starting with three fighters this time, I’ll have Karo and Rampage up soon.
The rankings are my own rankings, I didn’t use a website, so yeah, tell me what you guys think.

Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia
#4 Heavyweight
Striker; uses his reach advantage a lot

Tim Sylvia is a great striker who knows how to use his size to his advantage. He likes to use his tremendous reach and power to pick apart his opponents, usually leading to a KO. While a lot of people think that makes him a bad fighter relying on size, I think it makes him an intelligent fighter playing to his strengths. He also possess one of the better chins in the HW division. It takes a major blow to drop Sylvia and any shot that does take him down he recovers from in moments (Couture vs. Sylvia, Arlovski vs. Sylvia II). He does not use it very often but he has shown he has skills on the ground (Monson vs. Sylvia), it isn’t his high point that’s for sure, but he knows enough to get him through most situations. He has a solid takedown defense so he rarely needs to go to the ground anyhow. Recently, he’s been playing it safe and if he plans on getting the title back and holding it, he needs to go back to fierce, I’m a knock you out, Tim Sylvia. Quick summary, using his reach and power Sylvia has guaranteed himself as one of the greatest UFC champions so far.
Note able Fights Tim Sylvia vs. Arlovski II
Wesley Correira
Upcoming Fights: Big nog, UFC 81

Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
#2 Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Great chin

I forget who said this but it was very true, Nog has the best BJJ in the world while being struck in the face. Unlike many ground specialist, Nog is able to maintain his composure and even advance positions/go for submissions while being brutally beat (See Nog vs. Fedor fights and CC vs. Nog). Partially because of his epic chin and his great submission defense (He’s never been stopped but check out Herring vs. Nog III for the most recent example of his chin/recovery) but mostly because of his will power. One of the things that makes him so great to watch is he never gives up in a fight or looks for the easy way out, he’s always giving it his full. Besides his outstanding BJJ, he’s also been developing some good boxing. He has good power, combinations, accuracy and head movement (even though, with such a good chin, he can go for “unsafe” shots). At the moment, it is not near world class but training at the same place as Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and LYOTO! Machida who knows what we will see out of him in that department.
Overall, he’s an incredibly well rounded fighter able to hold his own in any position. If it weren’t for Fedor, he’d also have the best resume in the Heavyweight division.
Note able fights: Big nog vs. Bob Sapp (Pretty much agreed to be his best performance)
vs. Mirko Cro cop
Upcoming fights: Tim Sylvia, UFC 81

Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis
#10 Welterweight
Striker; great hands

Davis has vastly improved since TUf2. He started off as a top of the line boxer but has since then evolved into a full fledged mix martial artist. For the amount of time he’s been training for MMA he’s worked up a solid ground game, wrestling and great striking. He‘s also another fighter who really knows how to maintain his composure in a tough situation, showed most recently at UFC 75 when he was nailed in the head by a kick from Paul Taylor followed by hammer fists to the face, but Davis was still able to hang in there and pull him into full guard and after a couple minutes and many seamless transitions later, an arm bar (also one my favorite submissions of the year). One thing I’ve noticed though, Davis isn’t very good at defending from kicks yet. He takes a lot of punishment from those and it needs to be worked on, but he will get that in time. I’m not sure if he can ever really be a threat to the title though. At 5’8” he is significantly smaller then most of the welterweights and if possible I think it‘d be in his best interest to go to LW, but that may not be an option.
Overall, Davis has shown tremendous advancement in MMA and has become very well rounded but may be too small for the weight class (I’d like others opinions on that actually).
Note able fights: Marcus Davis vs. Pete Spratt
vs. Paul Taylor
Upcoming Fights: Jess Liaudin, UFC 80
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I defiantly don't think Davis goes ahead of a lot of guys you haven't posted yet.

I mean Werdum, Koscheck, and Henderson. All of them are not only more established MMA fighters than Marcus but they are all top flight athletes in their former sports. I mean Henderson is a Olympic wrestler, Koscheck is a national champ at wrestling, and Werdum is one of the best BJJ guys in the world not only in MMA.

But strong info on all the fighters.
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Posted 12-03-2007 at 10:30 PM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
Updated 12-03-2007 at 10:30 PM by bbjd7 (missed a word)
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Oh yeah, I know, theres easily 30+ fighters I could of done ahead of him between at all the weight classes, but I really like his style and he was recommended so I went with him.
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 01:55 AM by GMW GMW is offline
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K understand that then he seemed to stick out somewhat even though I like Marcus and Davis vs Swick is a fight I dream about.
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 04:27 PM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
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Davis vs Swick would be very nice. I think thats the first fight I posted when I heard Swick was moving down. Davis and Swick vs any person at WW really is nice because there aren't a lot of striker in the division atm.
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 04:40 PM by GMW GMW is offline
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bbjd7, who would you root for in that fight? I mean, it's your boy Swick, but he'd be facing Marcus Davis, who has been incredibly awesome lately.

Also, I'm diggin' the Davis entry. Dude rules.
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 05:54 PM by Damone Damone is offline
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Damone as much as I dig Davis and his nasty armbar on Taylor I can't cheer against Swick.

I mean the only 3 situations I would cheer against Swick would be if

He moved back to MW and fought Frank.

Dida moved up to 170 and fought Swick

Or He goes back to being a 190 LHW and fights Shogun

And even in those match ups I would be torn.
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Posted 12-04-2007 at 11:22 PM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
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Ah, gotcha. I'm like that with Karo.
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Posted 12-05-2007 at 12:13 AM by Damone Damone is offline
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And I with GSP and Shogun (Even against Machida, Ill be rooting for Shogun while denying the most logical outcome)....
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Posted 12-05-2007 at 12:18 AM by GMW GMW is offline
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Same thing GMW if Shogun fights Machida I will basically try to convince myself during all the fight build up that Shogun will be smart for once and take him down.

Of course My head will say Machida will win but I can't admit I think Shogun will lose a fight. Same with Swick, Frank, Dida, and Thiago (unless Thiago faces Shogun)
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Posted 12-05-2007 at 12:35 AM by bbjd7 bbjd7 is offline
 

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