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Old 02-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Will Rumble be able to make Heavyweight lol
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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We get to see what weight he's been having to cut from to welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight. It's an interesting match up to say the least. I wonder when title fights will start happening.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The two main event fighters respond to Dana White criticism:

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World Series of Fighting 2 headliners and the promotion's CEO say a fighter should determine his or her own destiny. If they want to fight at a weight different than what they're known for, they should be able to do so.

In the case of Anthony Johnson (14-4), that means he should be able to fight heavyweight Andrei Arlovski (19-9), and the bout's legitimacy shouldn't be in question.

"Anthony is his own man and can fight at whatever weight he wants to fight at," WSOF CEO Ray Sefo told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "If he wants to fight at 205, great. If he wants to fight at heavyweight, great. Who are we to say where he fights at?"

WSOF 2 takes place Saturday at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. The event's main-card airs live on NBC Sports Network following prelims on Sherdog.com.

One influencer already has given his say: UFC President Dana White, who this past weekend said the WSOF 2 headliner wasn't a legitimate bout because Johnson was a welterweight under his promotion's banner. Johnson hasn't fought at 170 pounds in more than a year, moving from middleweight to light-heavyweight, and for the Arlovski bout, to heavyweight.

"What Dana said was his own opinion," Johnson said. "It didn't really bother me. But to me, this is a legitimate fight. I have no hard feelings toward Dana for whatever he said. I don't even think it was meant in a harmful way toward me or Arlovski. It was just his opinion.

"But I don't know why he said welterweight, when I haven't fought welterweight in over a year. I mean, get with the program, you know what I mean? I fight at 205. I'm fighting heavyweight for this fight. Stop living in the past, when I used to fight at 170. This is totally different. People change, and some people change for the better, and that's what happened to me. So let's not even talk about 170. Let's talk about 205 and heavyweight."

Arlovski, whom White praised at the same time he said the fight wouldn't spur a UFC return, backed Johnson's desire to fight at a heavier weight.

"It doesn't matter what weight he wants to fight; it matters what he's going to bring to the table," Arlovski said. "He trained hard for this fight. It might be an easy fight, or it might be the hardest fight in my MMA career.

"It doesn't really matter, and everybody has their own opinion. I'll bring something to the table, and Anthony will bring something to the table, and we'll see who was right and who was wrong. It's only about the fight."

Although Sefo disagreed with White's assessment of Johnson's choice, he differentiated it from fans who disparaged fighters' performances.

"What gets me the most is if you've never been in that cage and experienced what it's like, if you've never experienced training camp, what these guys go through and the sacrifices they have to put in to be ready for the 23rd, if you've never known what that feels like, then you shouldn't really be disrespecting any of these guys," he said. "It makes me really upset.

"I get it – if you want to criticize something, OK, fine, whatever. But it's one thing to give an opinion – it's another to disrespect. And it really burns a fire underneath me when people who have never been in that cage or ring disrespect the fighters. But at this point, it's just a matter of educating them and saying, 'Listen, maybe go to a gym and experience what it's like for a couple weeks,' and then you'll understand what these guys go through."
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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This may be the beginning of hard feelings between World Series of Fighting and the UFC. Though hopefully this is just a difference of opinion. Also to remember Anthony Johnson's huge. In my opinion Arlovski could arguably fight light heavyweight.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:41 AM   #15 (permalink)
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From back in the days, somewhat 2010, when Johnson still was competing at 170:

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Something tells me he might have put on some weight since then.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I don't think arlovski can handle a direct shot from anyone let alone a fat rumble lol


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Old 03-22-2013, 12:40 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I think Arlovski takes this with ease if he manages to keep his hands up (which is never a safe bet). Rumble has a lot of power, but he gets sloppy during exchanges. Arlovski is a lot more crisp in the stand up.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Yeah, Arlovski's chin is very subject and it'll take one good shot from Rumble. I agree though that Rumble gets sloppy and Arlovski is by far a better boxer. It'll be interesting to see what Rumble's natural weight is.
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The main event will be entertaining but won't really answer many questions. Rumble has said in the past, he isn't sticking around at HW too long. So this fight at HW is for the sake of fighting at HW and against a named opponent.

Arlovski is esentially fighter an opponent who has so place being at that weight, if he wins it's against a bloated MW/LHW, if he loses he loses to a bloated MW/LHW.

Makes no sense and is an unnecessary risk, but will be awesome to watch while it lasts!
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