Originally Posted by Toxic
I realize Dan has been a one handed brawler for a long time problem is he has relied on it more and more and his success with it in SF completely ruined what was left, I think the two leg kick he threw against Rashad was the most diversity he has shown in years. And yes I will freely admit to writing him off against Fedor I failed to realize how broken Fedor was. As for the Shogun fight I am not one of the guys clamoring to call it one of the greatest fights ever I am one of the guys trying to expose it for what it was two past there prime HOF fighters having a sloppy brawl because they are to tired to try and do much else. When two unknown HW's do that everyone calls it embarassing when two of the greatest LHW's of all time do it they don't just get a pass but some people have the nerve to call it possibly the GOAT.
I just think people overrate Belfort. Sure he has 2 kick KOs in a row. Over who? Bisping who has NEVER proven to beat any top fighters. And Rockhold, who has 1 good win vs. Jacare in a fight many believe he lost. Neither are power punchers.
Vitor is made out to be some unstoppable beast....he is not. KOing Bisping or Rockhold is much different than seeing Hendo in that cage.
Sure maybe Vitor is the rightful favorite down there in Brazil. It just makes me laugh anytime people write off Hendo. Only time in his last 10 fights where he was mopped up was SHields....in a fight where he no longer could cut it at 185 and gassed harder than I have ever seen. He has 2 split losses vs. top 5 LHWs....2 guys who were STILL afraid of his power so they played the outside game. Will Vitor play that outside game? 2 top LHWs seemed to think they HAD too.....
If Hendo connects on an aggressive Belfort....Belfort is going down it is that simple. Hendo has never been KO'd in his life. Belfort will fall down much sooner than Hendo will. And I doubt Belfort is going to look like Machida, throwing goofy stuff from the outside and trying to win on points.
Bisping and Rockhold are fairly DIVERSE strikers. How did that work for them? Diversity in striking is one of the more overrated aspects in MMA. If what you bring works...it works. Timing is underrated in this sport. And Hendo has very good timing with that right hand. Rashad and Machida still realized that. In interviews, Dan has said he is REAL excited to get in there with someone who will throw down.