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Old 06-22-2007, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Middleweights NOT in UFC

I started a Matt Lindland thread a little while back, but the returns of Evan Tanner and Dan Henderson got me thinking about how many more top MW's aren't on the roster. We've got Filho, Kang, Lindland of course, and hell, even Jeremy Horn could probably give either Silva or Franklin a very good run. Having those guys on the roster would take the division from very shallow to very, very deep, very quickly.
Which non-UFC middleweights do you think would do the best in the current UFC? Which ones should be signed, if not all?
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Frank Shamrock.

Hear me out. Frank Shamrock, when focused, is a tough fighter to face. He's a fast learner, and if he wasn't such an arrogant doucheturd, then he could, at least, hang with people like Grove, Belcher, and Herman. He still seems to be in good shape, so that's not a problem. The problem is that he doesn't give 2 shits about training in different styles anymore. He's done updating his skillset. He picked up striking easily, he picked up the ground game easily, and I have no doubts that he could keep up with the current crop of talent if he devouted himself to training.

I will say that, in his fight with Renzo, Frank's striking was the best it has ever looked.
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Frank Shamrock.

Hear me out. Frank Shamrock, when focused, is a tough fighter to face. He's a fast learner, and if he wasn't such an arrogant doucheturd, then he could, at least, hang with people like Grove, Belcher, and Herman. He still seems to be in good shape, so that's not a problem. The problem is that he doesn't give 2 shits about training in different styles anymore. He's done updating his skillset. He picked up striking easily, he picked up the ground game easily, and I have no doubts that he could keep up with the current crop of talent if he devouted himself to training.

I will say that, in his fight with Renzo, Frank's striking was the best it has ever looked.
I agree with that, I'd love to see Frank back in the UFC.

1. DENIS KANG (love that guy)
2. Filho should not be in the WEC, the UFC needs him.
3. Lindland - I don't care for him, but he's a great fighter.

Murilo Ninja (his MW right? ), Hell even Baroni and Horn wouldn't be too bad to have.

And it's a damn shame Dave Terrell wants to return to the UFC and fight at LHW, he's a great fighter as well.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Kazuo Misaki would also be a great addition. Dont judge him on his fight with Trigg, hes a beast.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva does need some new competition~

Honestly, eversince he's been in the UFC, he's been sweepin~ left and right.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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they should have made it henderson vs silva and rua/or someone else vs jackson
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd LOVE to see Denis Kang come over, as well as Filho, Lindland, Misaki, Horn, Baroni, and Ninja. I don't think Frank Shamrock will ever come over due to bad relations between him and Dana, but if he could get his act together, I most certainly would like to see him over in the MW division. In a recent interview on Elite XC, he was actually making mention how Middleweights have gotten bigger since his day, and how he'd like to fight Matt Hughes. I wouldn't mind Shamrock coming over and competing in the WW or MW division. I like him, and if he could get his act together, I really would like to see him compete in UFC.

But really, anything to really flesh out the UFC. I'm not complaining, because the UFC is progressing so much from a year ago when every one was complaining how weak the divisions were, but I think the icing on the cake would be to really develop the MW division. I'm not a big fan of the LHW and HW division, so I definitely want new fighters for the LW, WW and MW divisions.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Who I want, Kang, Filho, Lindland, Lawler, Trigg, Ninja. I could do without either of the Shamrocks really-sorry Damone. Baroni I don't see coming over even tho I have no idea what the beef is with Dana. Same goes for Lindland I don't see him coming over unless Henderson can convince him and Dana I just don't see it. I posted just tonight where Kang is looking at offers from UFC, Bodog, and Elite XC I am keeping my fingers crossed he comes to UFC. The MW division is the shallowist of all their divisions so we will have to wait and see how things play out.
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Baroni, Lawler, Trigg, Lindland just to name a few. All of them are good fighters and would have exciting fights with just about anyone at MW
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Isn't ninja lhw?
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