Originally Posted by IronMan
If Mayweather wants to cross over, he doesn't even need to fight someone as high a caliber as Sherk. There are a half-dozen 155 pounders I train with who could tap his ass out faster that Lauzon KO'd Pulver.
I'm not saying that to be cocky, but let's face it, he's not used to the angle that a wrestler is going to take when he changes levels, he's not used to the uninhibited aggressiveness of someone who's only goal is to take him down and he doesn't know anything about positions or submissions.
There Butterbean reference is interesting because, like you said, Bean wasn't a great boxer, but he's a good fighter. All you guys who are smashing him, shut up, he's not even really a boxer anymore. After Minowa submitted him, he started learning submissions so he could avoid getting tapped out and it's working.
De La Hoya's paycheck was impressive, but the amount of money that he got paid wasn't really deserved. He made most of that money because he's Oscar De La Hoya, not because he's a great boxer. I think De La Hoya's a great fighter, but the performance was disappointing. UFC guys get paid to make fights entertaining. If they don't, they don't come back.
I disagree with someone who thinks that any boxer is a bad matchup for Chuck, because I think that, as far as MMA goes, Chuck uses his weapons way more effectively than any boxer does and his wrestling is a lot better too.
I hope that Cintron does fight the winner of Sherk v Franca, but it will be a sad matchup for him. Sherk will TKO his in the first and Franca will Submit him in the first. You can say that he'll spend alot of time drilling his takedown defense, that's fine, but Sherk is pound for pound the best wrestler in the sport, in my opinion, and Franca is a BJJ Blackbelt with good takedowns, creative position work and heavy hands, standing and on the floor. That's a bad matchup for any boxer.
I'd have to take you up on a few of those comments bro.
The main one being De La Hoya not deserving the paycheck. Yeah he made the money because he's a HUGE name, almost household wide. De La Hoya deserves the money, i can't in recent memory remember the last time he slouched and fought a "can". Not to mention the fact that boxing by nature is a more vicious sport, by that I mean that they get punched in the head 400+ times a match, their gloves are designed so fighters get punched more. Now MMA fighters I believe deserve bigger paydays than they are getting. But half of the fight is the other fighter, you want an exciting fight? You try to match up styles... The boxing higher ups cleared this fight for the draw, not for a style/style interest. Look at Koscheck/Sanchez, great fight on the draw, not so great when it happened. THAT was a fight where Sanchez dropped the ball. De La Hoya was trying, to take away his money for a lack of a performance is bullshit. The "bad fight" is on Mayweathers hands...DLH was trying to end it.
I agree with pretty much everything else you said though. Cintron is F'd, unless he trains his ass off. I'd take any MMA fighter over him. I'm not one to say grappling is everything and a striker doesn't stand a chance. But Boxing is quite Overrated in it's striking based on it's rule set.
I hope Cintron gets put in the hospital for his lack of respect.