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Old 12-13-2013, 04:42 PM   #31 (permalink)
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seeing as Hendricks has never been finished or really hurt while Lawler has been finised many times pretty much points to the fact that 1/1000 is about right. To hit someone hard enough to KO them you have to hit them at the perfect distance which has a room for error of an inch or two. Lawler is an old school fighter and the odds of Hendricks standing there with his hands down in range of Lawler's hardest punch is pretty minimal especially considering Lawler isn't that fast. How many times have you seen Hendricks get wobbled by a punch or a kick where he backs up? I can't remember any.

This is just opinions obviously, maybe Lawler has a better shot than I'm giving him but the odds are close to Silva vs. Bonnar imo. Hendricks is the next class of fighter, just like it's been happening for 2 decades, new styles develop that completely dominate old ones and no matter how strong or hard you hit it won't matter if you are an entire generation behind. Just like when Rampage fought Jones, you could see the will was there but the skillset was the problem.
I think you're drastically underestimating Robbie Lawler here, time will tell.
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Watching the fight with Rory left me completely unimpressed with his entire skillset, just don't see a guy getting an unimpressive decision against a mid-level fighter in Rory beating someone who dominated the former champ unlike anyone ever and came out unscathed. Nick Diaz knocked Lawler out, how does a guy like that beat Johny besides a huge mistake from Hendricks?
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Watching the fight with Rory left me completely unimpressed with his entire skillset, just don't see a guy getting an unimpressive decision against a mid-level fighter in Rory beating someone who dominated the former champ unlike anyone ever and came out unscathed.
Obviously terms like Mid-level are subjective, I'd be curious to know how many WW's you list above Rory?
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Obviously terms like Mid-level are subjective, I'd be curious to know how many WW's you list above Rory?
that's tough, because if you completely based the ranking on his last fight I wouldn't put Rory in the top 10. He seems to be getting worse and is currently overrated/ranked due to his previous fights. Not stating my opinion as fact but I'm generally pretty spot on when it comes to skillset analysis asides from the time JDS beat Carwin and Cain beat JDS (I was way off on those 2 fights). Some fights just scream mismatch and this is one of them. It was like when Rampage was fighting Jones, the odds of the slower power puncher are generally less than you think when the opponent has any idea about distance control. That big punch is not nearly as dangerous as you think when it's the only thing to worry about because getting out of the way of it is not that hard, all Hendricks has to do is not stand flatfooted with his hands low and he'll dodge them all easily. People have been underestimating Hendricks for a while and after his last fight he pretty much showed that he is on another level in the immediate future much like Cain and Pettis are, he is the unsolved equation that nobody has an answer to.
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Hendricks deserves to wear gold, but it's tough not to root for Lawler. I don't think many ever thought he'd climb the UFC ladder potentially to the very top. Cinderella man.
I was just thinking that. To think, he came onto the UFC scene in 2002 as an exciting prospect, but then left in 2004 after consecutive losses. Now he's back with a vengeance and could potentially hold the belt that eluded him. Really is a feel good story. I hope he wins. It doesn't mean I think he will, but I'll be cheering for him.
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What a huge resurgence for Lawler. Very unlikely run. Kinda neat to see such an underdog come this far. He "could" win it if he lands that one shot.
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I'm all in for Robbie Lawler. If he can keep the fight standing, I think he can KO Hendricks.
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I bet a ton of newer fans have no clue what that means.

But even though Johnny "Know what I mean" Hendricks deserves that strap, I'll be rooting for the ruthless one.
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seeing as Hendricks has never been finished or really hurt while Lawler has been finised many times pretty much points to the fact that 1/1000 is about right. To hit someone hard enough to KO them you have to hit them at the perfect distance which has a room for error of an inch or two. Lawler is an old school fighter and the odds of Hendricks standing there with his hands down in range of Lawler's hardest punch is pretty minimal especially considering Lawler isn't that fast. How many times have you seen Hendricks get wobbled by a punch or a kick where he backs up? I can't remember any.

This is just opinions obviously, maybe Lawler has a better shot than I'm giving him but the odds are close to Silva vs. Bonnar imo. Hendricks is the next class of fighter, just like it's been happening for 2 decades, new styles develop that completely dominate old ones and no matter how strong or hard you hit it won't matter if you are an entire generation behind. Just like when Rampage fought Jones, you could see the will was there but the skillset was the problem. Even if Lawler hits Hendricks with his best shot Hendricks is probably chin tucked hands up and he counters pretty quick, it's gonna have to be one of those behind the ear punches that screws up the equilibrium followed by a barrage of gnp to finish Hendricks.
You keep rambling on about how Lawler has been finished many times like he's been KO'd many times. He's been KO'd once in his entire career, by a man that many call a pillow fisted punk in Nick Diaz. Yea, Nick Diaz is the only guy that has been capable of KO'ing Robbie Lawler.

Lawler might not have the best submission defense, but his chin is tested and solid.

Any ways, why is every body suddenly a fan of Robbie Lawler? I don't remember him having too many fans excited about a jump to the UFC when he was getting decisioned by Lorenz Larkin in Strikeforce. Suddenly everyone's a Lawler fan, out of no where. Interesting.

Interesting fight, should be a fun brawl, but I wanted to see Nick come back, taunt Lawler all over the octagon and KO him again. That would have been way better. Then I'd like to see him do the same to Hendricks.
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