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Old 10-24-2011, 01:59 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Guys who arn't in the 'big three' orgs who could be a possible matchup: Dennis Kang, Robert Drysdale, Yan Cabral, Jan Blachowicz, Hans Stringer or Marcus Vänttinen. Other then Kang and Drysdale they are all in europe too, even two or three of those would make a stacked division.
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I'm still dumbfounded as to why this guy turned down an UFC contract. Who does that? A time in the UFC is worth more then his title.
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I think there are some good fights for Manuwa in BAMMA.

Seth Petruzelli would be a good one up first. An experienced veteran who is decent both standing and on the ground.

McSweeney or Ricco would be okay too.
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I'm still dumbfounded as to why this guy turned down an UFC contract. Who does that? A time in the UFC is worth more then his title.
Because the contract was for 138 wich is two weeks after the UCMMA event.
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I'm still dumbfounded as to why this guy turned down an UFC contract. Who does that? A time in the UFC is worth more then his title.
His decision wasn't financial, it was based on longevity - Manuwa obviously feels that a few more fights worth of experience will see him last longer in the UFC.
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There is a risk with that though. If he looses anytime inbetween now and when he would get signed it could jeopardise his getting signed. That's why he should've taken it now.
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I think he made a great choice not go go. You see unbeaten guys all the time that sign with the UFC when their clearly not ready. Mario Miranda & Dave Branch for example. Both came to the UFC unbeaten, not ready for the big leagues and are back in the smaller shows. It would have been much more beneficial for them to get another 4 or 5 fights against solid regional dudes on regional shows before coming to UFC.
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There is a risk with that though. If he looses anytime inbetween now and when he would get signed it could jeopardise his getting signed. That's why he should've taken it now.
Ya he should go to the ufc get smashed because of inexperience and be tossed aside.
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Well at this point he may never get signed. In my opinion if you get offered an UFC contract then do it. This is risky.
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Well at this point he may never get signed. In my opinion if you get offered an UFC contract then do it. This is risky.
That makes no sense. You act like as if he's going to be set for life just by signing his name on the dotted line.

The dude signs, hypothetically, signs for something typical of a fighter like him, 8k to show 8k to win. They match him tough, say against a guy like Kyle Kingbury, now...this is a type of fight that is a better fighter than he's ever fought and ever will fight on the British circuit. He loses. Gets matched up with another loser in what is basically a pink slip match and loses and the guy leaves the UFC with bad reputation and 16k.

Yes, that'd be a great move.

He probably makes similar money on the British circuit if not more. The only way it'd be lucrative for him to join the UFC is to win fights. And if he loses to some domestic fighters on the way, then he clearly wasn't that good to begin with and wouldn't have won the fights necessary for him to be successful in the UFC.
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