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Old 04-21-2008, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Barnett Announced For SENGOKU 2

Just announced earlier today.......


http://mmaoverdrive.com/2008/04/21/j...ku-2/#more-196
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Also, I didn't add it in the article because it is far from confirmed, but srong rumors are bouncing around that Barnett will be facing either Marcio Cruz or Naoya Ogawa...
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If Barnett fights Pe de Pano he better check his pride at the door because if he takes Pe de Pano down he migth lose.
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I don't think Cruz would sub Barnett. Barnett's an excellent MMA grappler. Cruz is an excellent pure grappler, but in an MMA setting, I think he's below Nog and Barnett did really well against Nogueira's subs. Cruz doesn't have the stand-up to deal with Joshy Boy.
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I don't think he would submit him either but I think if Barnett takes him down every round he could lose a decision to Pe de Pano. He needs to be smart and pick up points standing before he takes Cruz down.
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I could see Barnett GnP'ing his way to a victory. His wrestling is solid, and his sub defense is excellent. He's also really good at sweeping his opponent.

I'd like to see this fight. Cruz is underrated.
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I don't think he would submit him either but I think if Barnett takes him down every round he could lose a decision to Pe de Pano. He needs to be smart and pick up points standing before he takes Cruz down.
I really can't see how Marcio could beat the more stronger, well rounded MMA fighter.
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Because his ground game is so good. I mean Pe de Pano is so great on the ground that even in MMA I would say the are about even IMO on the ground. So Barnett taking him down early w/o scoring points in the stand up is a dangerous thing for Barnett to do and I could see him losing a decision that way.
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I don't know about that, I mean sure Marcio has ridiculous grappling, but Barnett does as well, plus hes super strong and has great striking, something Marcio doesn't. Plus I don't think Marcio likes getting hit very much. As Damone said, Barnett held his own against Nog, who has better MMA grappling than Marcio.
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I actually think Barnett has better MMA BJJ than Cruz does. Barnett got Nog in a guillotine and a kneebar in their first fight, and a tight guillotine in their second fight. Not to mention he tapped a world class judoka, weight difference aside.
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