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Old 01-31-2013, 02:39 PM   #71 (permalink)
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It's hard to say that he's struggled with wrestlers when he's finished every single one of them though.

Well everyone since Jeremy Horn IIRC.

Rashad is good and i'd love to see the fight more than I would Weidman at this point but I believe he'd get put out in the 2nd round.
Hendo took him down and stole round from him before coming out looking to strike in the second. Chael completely dominated and while he did get tapped at the end, Rashad's BJJ is just better than Chaels. Chael seems to love getting tapped out.

I can't say that if Rashad was in the position Chael was in that Silva would have a belt anymore.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:44 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I dont think Silva would tap out Rashad like he did Sonnen, but I think Sonnens a lot better at rushing takedowns and better at keeping people there.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:45 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Rashad isn't proven at the top level? He is one of the best fighters in the UFC not holding a belt. Maybe the best fighter not holding a belt.
How many top guys did he fight? Let's go all the back to his debut after TUF. Hogar was a journeyman, same with Bonnar and Jason Lambert. Salmon was a can, Ortiz wasn't even a gatekeeper by then. Bisping was barely in the top 10 back then. Chuck was on the way down and had just lost to Keith Jardine of all people. Griffin was the first quality win and Evans was losing that one until the knockdown in the 3rd round.

Next he got tooled by Machida who was the first elite fighter in the list. Then he beat Thiago Silva who's a gatekeeper at best. Then Rampage when he was already on the way down, but still a top 5 at the time so I'll give him that. Ortiz was a journeyman at best, Phil Davis was borderline top 10, then he ran into Jones and got his ass whooped again.

So when we go all the way back, Rashad has gone up against 2 elite fighters, losing badly to both, and beat a top 5 guy on the way down. 3 top 5 guys, possibly 4 if you count Forrest, who, by the way was knocked out cold by Keith Jardine of all people. Total. In his entire career. This is not fighting at the highest level. Hell, Matt Serra has more fights against top fighters than Evans does.
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HOGH, Rashad isn't Chael, he's not willing to rush in and get the TD at all costs as we saw against Bones. Chael will look better against Bones than Rashad did IMO.
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HOGH, Rashad isn't Chael, he's not willing to rush in and get the TD at all costs as we saw against Bones. Chael will look better against Bones than Rashad did IMO.
I don't think Rashad will run in but I do think that he will stay out of trouble long enough to secure some takedowns. Whether or not he can keep that going and get a win, who knows.

And I disagree about Chael and JBJ. I think Chael gets finished without doing much damage if any.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:02 PM   #76 (permalink)
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I think i'm just hoping more than anything TBH. I really can't stand Bones.
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Machida/Rashad 2 and Hendo/Lil Nog 2 would be much better fights in my opinion.
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What a stupid thing to say. This is why I don't like Rashad.
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No Rashad... No

What the hell sort of thing to say is that? Anderson would murder him and that will be the general consensus until Rashad proves otherwise.

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What a stupid thing to say. This is why I don't like Rashad.
What is wrong with someone saying they think they can beat Anderson Silva? What are they "Supposed" to say?

"If I fight Anderson, I think I will lose"

Rashad is a former champion and a well proven fighter. I do think he has a legitimate chance of beating Anderson Silva. That being said, if the fight happens, I think Anderson's timing and quickness will eventually shut Rashad down and I think Anderson will finish, even if Rashad employs the same gameplan he did against Rampage. But my point is that there is nothing wrong with having the confidence to beat the best in the world, especially when you're not the best match-up for him.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:02 PM   #80 (permalink)
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If Rashad came at Silva like Sonnen did, he'd have a good chance. But I don't see him doing that... (Just IMO)
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