More top fighters
Posted 12-03-2007 at 08:44 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
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
Upcoming Fights: Big nog, UFC 81
Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
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
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