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Old 09-16-2007, 11:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Sherk is only 2-0 at LW and has only beat Kenny Florian (who is decent) and, Hermes Franca (who is a little above Florian). BJ has done nothing in the LW divison in 3 years beside beat Pulver. Gomi while he doesn't impress me has by far the most impressive record of all the LW's. Stevenson has done some decent stuff but nothing top 5 worthy. Sakurai is great but is probably moving up to 170, Yammamoto said yesterday he doesn't ever plan on moving back to 155, Diaz is a 160-170 fighter and while he beat Gomi Diaz is top 10 and nothing more he is so hit or miss in his fights. If you want to argue with Gomi's top 10 status at least bring up Calvancanti and Ribeiro since an arguement can be made they are both better fighters. Current Talent wise (not potential) I would put Penn, Sherk, Calvancanti, and Ribeiro ahead of Gomi. But by accomplishments Gomi is #1.
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What has BJ done at LW besides beat a 145'er in Jens Pulver? We're talking about accomplishments from 06-on, and BJ hasn't done a single thing to deserve top billing at LW.

Sherk has defeated Kenny Florian & Hermes Franca (A fight where both ended up testing positive for roids). Gomi lost once to Aurelio, avenged that, and then went on to stomp Ishida. Hell, even if we count 05, he beat Kawajiri, Azeredo, & Sakurai. BJ wasn't even in the LW division back then.

The Diaz vs Gomi fight doesn't count, since it's a NC.

Melendez could be a case for top 3, since he did beat Guida & Kawajiri (Though most thought Kawajiri won).

So yeah, Gomi being number 1 is fine by me.
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Wow I forgot about Melendez he defiantly can make a case for top 5 and is in my mind more talented than Gomi.
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What has BJ done at LW besides beat a 145'er in Jens Pulver? We're talking about accomplishments from 06-on, and BJ hasn't done a single thing to deserve top billing at LW.

Sherk has defeated Kenny Florian & Hermes Franca (A fight where both ended up testing positive for roids). Gomi lost once to Aurelio, avenged that, and then went on to stomp Ishida. Hell, even if we count 05, he beat Kawajiri, Azeredo, & Sakurai. BJ wasn't even in the LW division back then.

The Diaz vs Gomi fight doesn't count, since it's a NC.

Melendez could be a case for top 3, since he did beat Guida & Kawajiri (Though most thought Kawajiri won).

So yeah, Gomi being number 1 is fine by me.
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:22 PM   #25 (permalink)
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"The Diaz vs Gomi fight doesn't count, since it's a NC."

Are you for real here? Cmon man, Diaz beat him fair and square pot or not. I know it's not officially a loss...but any reasonable fan has to count it as one.

As far as BJ goes, granted he hasn't been very active recently, but he does hold a win over Gomi just before Gomi's run, and even in his losses he looks impressive, while even in his wins i think Gomi isn't nearly as impressive as people think. I think he's wild, combined with his power makes him dangerous....but thats not enough to wow me.

Aside from that, i think Pride guys fight so often that the champs aren't always fighting top of the food chain guys.
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Are you for real here? Cmon man, Diaz beat him fair and square pot or not.
But, in reality, it's a NC, so technically, it doesn't count and shouldn't count. Diaz getting busted was his own fault.

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As far as BJ goes, granted he hasn't been very active recently, but he does hold a win over Gomi just before Gomi's run, and even in his losses he looks impressive, while even in his wins i think Gomi isn't nearly as impressive as people think. I think he's wild, combined with his power makes him dangerous....but thats not enough to wow me.
I can't count a fight that happened 4 years ago, though. Sure, BJ beat Gomi's ass, but Gomi went on a nice tear afterwards. BJ hasn't been fighting at LW, though. His fights with Hughes & GSP were at WW. He fought Machida at...whatever wonky weight that was, and he beat Renzo & Rodrigo at MW. These have nothing to do with LW.

Just curious, Flak, have you watched Bushido 9 yet? Because, Gomi looked really good on that show, brutally whomping Kawajiri. I recommend it. Gomi has his off day's, definitely, but when he's "On," he's dangerous.

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Aside from that, i think Pride guys fight so often that the champs aren't always fighting top of the food chain guys.
I do agree with this. Pride's matchmaking, for the most part, sucked, and they did protect Gomi, though his win against Ishida was impressive.
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