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Old 11-24-2010, 02:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Future of the LHW Division, written by me

It is no secret that the light heavyweight division in the UFC has always been an incredibly stacked line-up but with the uprising of some big name prospects it makes things a lot more exciting and brings the UFC many decisions to make. With big names like Mauricio Shogun Rua, Loyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson and many more it really makes you wonder what Joe Silva matchmaker extraordinaire has planned for the future of the division. With all this being said, there are a few up and comers that are not making it an easy job for Joe Silva and the UFC.

First off we will take a look at Jon "Bones" Jones, an extremely talented unorthodox striker that has some extremely impressive Greco Roman wrestling and has displayed some fancy throws in his last fight as well. Jones’ only defeat came via DQ after illegally elbowing Matt Hamill during their fight at UFC: The Ultimate Finale 10. Many would go onto argue that the fight should have been stopped much sooner. Dispite the loss Jones was very humble and came back a stronger fighter and would see two very impressive victories over Brandon Vera and Vladimir Matyushenko.

Next we look at the equally talented Mr. Wonderful, Phil Davis. Mr. Wonderful has a great set of tools that he may use in a fight, he is a great striker and a scary talented wrestler, and he has proven he can finish fights by submission. This past Saturday at UFC 123 Davis finished off UFC vet Tim Boetsch via Kimura, it was later changed to “Wonder Lock” because it was a modified kimura that Phil was first to execute. It is unsure who is next for Phil Davis but with 4 straight wins in the octagon you can be sure that he is getting himself into title contention.

Jon Jones and Phil Davis are both a great threat to the LHW division of the UFC and at the ages of 23 and 26 respectively, it is no doubt that the future is bright for the two young talents. What will happen next is up to them but I can see the two of them fighting for the belt in short future.

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Old 11-24-2010, 03:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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not too bad, even though I think it will take a while before Davis will be brought into title contention. Also, you missed Bader.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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not too bad, even though I think it will take a while before Davis will be brought into title contention. Also, you missed Bader.
Didnt miss Bader, just chose to write about these two, I think Bader is an extremely large threat to any fighter in the LHW division, just a personal choice of these two I guess. Maybe I will even edit the post.
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I disagree i think Jones and Davies are both poor strikers.

Jones has roughly 82 inch reach

Davies has long arms also i cant remember his reach.

My point being their long arms look like they are decent strikers because they pepper guys but any decent striker like Shogun would destroy them both they are below par in fact , they have their hands low and dont throw combos well , but wrestling i cant argue they both are very talented at.

A decent striker would get inside and KO both these guys , but on the flipside they wouldnt let that happen because they would just change levels.
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Awesome read - and Jones, Davis and Bader are a lot more than mere new faces in the LHW division; they are a whole new notion of LHW fighter, with superior size and the power that comes with it, yet not coming at the cost of less speed and agility (see Rampage).

Within 18 months to 2 years they will dominate the division, and render its smaller fighters - Rashad especially - obsolete.
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Yeah I wouldn't like Bones or Davis' chances against someone who is an experienced and dangerous striker or someone who's great off their back, especially not someone who's got both.

When Machida sorts himself out, I'd like to see him fight Bones because he has great takedown defense and very precise striking, I think it would show Bones a thing or two. He's not gonna be able to try out crazy spinning punches and moves against guys like Rampage, Rua and Lyoto without getting clocked IMO.

And I hope his bones are made of steel cus those skinny legs getting kicked by Shogun... oh dear.
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Nice read but i think you have to mention Bader in the future, i may be one of his nuthuggers but even so i think he deserves to be thrown in there. He isn't as naturally gifted as Bones or Davis but he has redonkulous strength!
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When you look at fighters like Jones and Davis it kind of makes me think, sure they both look very explosive and dominant on the ground, but they have not really been tested against anyone with a truly world class ground game, so there remains a possibility that they have been able to let go more on the ground to date that they would be able to against someone with a very high class BJJ back ground, which is something lacking from the UFC division at present and the UFC seem reluctant to bring new talent into this division at present and we have seen a lot of fighters cut, the name Roger Gracie comes to mind, would he be able to take advantage of any loose openings they may offer via been over aggressive, makes me want to see Damien Maia move up to test out what kind of defence they have against a A class BJJ practitioner, as there ground styles seem very loose and are all aimed at aggression with little thought of defence, and to date the past has shown that its the defensive side of wrestling like show by the likes of Matt Hughes or GSP that has over come BJJ not this high pace attacking style.

tbh the mix of talent in the UFC LHW division at present does not impress me, all you have is Davis, Jones and Bader rising the ranks through a list of mediocre fighters, Rampage who is very one dimensional and on the decline dispute his recent win over Machida, still he does not bring the energy and range of moves if you like that he once did back in Pride. Then Shogun who knows how his injuries are going to effect the rest of his career, is very unlucky really but chances are he will never achieve the potential that he could have if not for repeated injuries that have seen him have to take years out of his training, then Machida something different in terms of skills, I would say him and Rash are they only really diverse fighters in there,
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