Originally Posted by FixedPartialArt
Obviously the competition doesn't near compare to who Overeem has beaten in kickboxing (and to a lesser extent MMA).
That doesn't mean JDS wouldn't wind up proving to be the better striker/mixed martial artist, because you can only beat who you face, but I'll go with the guy who has already shown his abilities against higher level competition. Also, the guy who possesses a 4-5 inch reach advantage. Having a long reach among your attributes is vital to being the top fighter in your division across MMA. GSP, JBJ, Anderson, Aldo, Cruz, and Edgar all have significantly above average reaches for their respective divisions.
I was reading your post about guys having 4-5 reach advantages in their divisions. And I had recently watched a rerun of the Edgar vs. Maynard fight & it didn't look to me like Edgar had a big reach advantage at all.
So I did a little research on many of the top fighters in Edgars division. Here are the results.
FIGHTER & REACH
I think this is a fair representation of most of the good fighters in the UFC lightweight division & Edgar doesn't have a 4-5 inch reach advantage over any of them. But I didn't include Sean Sherk who has a 65" reach....making all these guys have at least 4" on him.
I'm sure if I reasearched every fighter in the division....there would probably be a couple of others that Edgar may have a big reach advantage on...but so would most of the other guys on the list.
I'm no MMA expert & like I said....I just checked out this division because it looked to me in the fight that I recently saw a rerun of between Maynard & Edgar that Maynard had the reach advantage...& I was wrong about that.
And I'll bet your probably right on all the other fighters you mentioned having a significant reach advantage over many or most of the other guys in their respective divisions. And I also agree with you that a big reach is usually a very good advantage to have. Unless you are Antonio Margarito (73 inch reach) vs. Manny Pacquiao (67 inch reach).
And by the way......as I'm sure the folks here know....the 1st round of that Edgar vs. Maynard fight was unreal....the fact that Edgar made it out of the round taking the beating that he did.