Originally Posted by Soojooko
The quality of opponent Rashad has been facing has played a big part. None of the guys you've mentioned are easy opponents. "Almost" got knocked out? What does that mean exactly? You either got knocked out and lost, or you didn't. This is fighting. "Almost" happens a LOT. Winning, not so much. Rashad may have "almost" got knocked out... but hes WON a shit load of fights. Thats a fact.
Look I completely agree with what you said, but this is what I mean. Yes rashad has beat these fighters, but, other then the tito fight, they were all decisions AND in 2 of those fights, he COULD have been finished if "x" fighter didn't make "x" mistake. Like silva backing off or rampage missing the first 3 punches while on top of rashad. And here's the important part, but what about Jones? He out struck shogun and made him tap to strikes, he out struck rampage and choked him out, he wilted against machida but still finished machida. That's what I'm saving. Jones has never been in survival mode and he has more impressive list then anyone in the division while rashad has been. not that that necessarily means rashad can't beat jones, I just can't give myself a reason that's believable as to how he could.