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post #11 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-01-2007, 11:20 PM
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Yeah, didn't think he can make 155. He's pretty thin (although ripped) at 170.

I don't see him being able to compete at 185 though. But he did say he was interested in fighting Silva...R.I.P Matt.

I love Matt Hughes...but Silva would knock him out. Matt doesn't have much of a chin, and Silva would definitely test it.

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Matt Hughes - Probably will go on to lose a rematch with GSP, then will likely have a trioligy with Sanchez (Hughes wins then Sanchez then Hughes). After this he will probably have a few more Welterweight fights and either retire or move up to Middleweight.

Rich Franklin - First, I see him regaining the Middleweight Championship, then retaining it a few more times until moving up to Light Heavyweight for the Championship. He won't win it if the Champ is Liddell though.

Chuck Liddell -
He will probably retaing the Championship 3 more times, challenge (and fail) for the World Heavyweight Championship then retire as LHW Champ.

Georges St Pierre
Definately a great future, will hold on to WW Title for a long time, then move on to win the Middleweight Championship.

Anderson Silva - Definately great talent, though after Rich wins the Middleweight Championship back from Silva, he will fade out slowly.

Tim Sylvia - Who really gives a f*ck about him?

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Personally, I don't see any of those guys "phasing out". I think the older ones will retire, but I'd just call that a fitting end to great careers.

As for phasing out? Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort come to mind. Potential that was lost is what comes to mind when I think of people fading away.
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I see Mirko retiring soon as well. He said if didn't win the pride open grand prix, he would quit fighting. Which means that he is definitly holding it as an option. After his 6 fights are up, I wouldn't be surprised to see him retire.
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Mirko wanted to win a title in Pride after losing to both Big Nog and Fedor, and did so in great fashion as beating Wanderlei Silva and Josh Barnett in one night is crazy. I see him retiring once he beats Fedor, as both UFC and Pride FC champion (which he has mentioned) only then do I see Mirko callig it quits for awhile.
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post #16 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-02-2007, 01:26 PM
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I see Matt Hughes retiring in no more than 2years. I remember seeing on one of his blogs him saying he thought he had 2 good yrs left before retirement and at that point I started saving my money up to see his match with GSP. He said that it wasn't because he lost the desire to compete but that he is a father and its getting tougher and tougher to leave his kids. I respect that bet its tough missing his 1st son grow up and just recently his getting his second opportunity with his daughter.
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I don't see any of these fighters phasing out with the next 2 years, here's what I hope they decide to do:

Matt Hughes - He will lose a rematch to GSP then hopefully go down to a 3-5 spot on the WW ladder. Once he's here I want to see him fight at least 2 of the following people: Karo, Fitch, Koscheck, Diego.

Rich Franklin - I don't see him being able to beat Anderson Silva so I want him to fight through the MW ladder as well. Id like to see Franklin vs Marquardt, Swick, Okami, Machida, and a couple other guys.

Chuck Liddell - Chuck will beat Rampage and I don't see anyone in the UFC right now being able to defeat him, but Shogun/Arona/Wandy will **** his shit up. He will probably retire after defending his title 2-4 more times and losing at the Pride/UFC Superbowl.

Georges St Pierre -He will hold the WW title for a while. I want to see him and Diego, him and Koscheck, and him and Karo II. Would like to see him move up to MW also and Im curious to see what weight class he fights at vs Pride. Id like to see him at 185 vs Henderson/Filho

Anderson Silva - He's going to hold the MW title as well. I dont see Marquardt or Franklin beating him. Swick won't be able to handle him either. I want to see him vs Henderson/Filho

Tim Sylvia - Hopefully they keep Sylvia around and start paying him less to fight. Id like to see him fight CroCop still and Brandon Vera. Maybe throwing him against Mir / Herring would be cool too. Josh Barnett vs Sylvia would be awesome too

Anyways, I hope that just because some of these former champs lose their belts they keep fighting, well see though.

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Originally Posted by thevarsmolta
Yeah, didn't think he can make 155. He's pretty thin (although ripped) at 170.

I don't see him being able to compete at 185 though. But he did say he was interested in fighting Silva...R.I.P Matt.

I love Matt Hughes...but Silva would knock him out. Matt doesn't have much of a chin, and Silva would definitely test it.

Silva would get taken down and pounded out by Matt. Silva gets taken down really easy as evidenced by his fight with Lutter. Lutter's shots were awful and he still got Silva down. Matt Hughes would GnP Silva to death.
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there is no right or wrong answer cus nobody truly knows whats gunna happen

but ill give you my opinion

Matt Hughes - i see him retiring in the next 2-3 yrs tops, i think he has a good shot at beating GSP in the rubbermatch , i picked both correctly the first 2x they fight but ill have to wait till we get closer to the actual fight

Rich Franklin - isnt going anywhere , i think he'll take out Silva in the rematch

Chuck Liddell - 4-5 more fights then retirement

Georges St Pierre - bright future, if he beats Hughes again he'll officially own that division... i see him dominating the WW division and then kinda getting bored and moving up to the MDW division, being successful there too!

Anderson Silva - He'll always be top 3 @ 185lbs in the UFC

Tim Sylvia - I dont see him being UFC HVW Champion again , but you never know , all it takes is 1 right hand to connect and thats it
I pretty much agree

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post #20 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-02-2007, 03:06 PM
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cant believe nobody brought up andrei arlovski yet..

he has a huge chance of losing to werdum, and beating cans and then losing to crocop. (or maybe even sylvia!!)

considering his lack of training and hardcore partying, i can see him living off his riches for maybe 5-6 years and then fighting smaller gigs..

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