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Old 10-02-2007, 10:20 AM   #21 (permalink)
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You guys keep saying Hughes will take Serra down at will.

No!

I think he will pick him up, and give us the first Ring Out win in UFC history as he throws Serra into the arms of Pete Sell in his corner!!!
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don't write off Serra. I think he'll put up a fight. He'll lose, but it'll be a huge war!
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I think Hughes was overconfident in his standup in previous fights. If he goes in aggressive on Serra, takes him down and G&Ps I think he'll win. If he tries to show the world his "vastly improved striking" I think Serra will likely own him.
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is that just going by records? Serra probably has better stand-up and definitly has a better ground game. Hughes is definitly stonger but so is GSP
ok, better standup? maybe. maybe just heavier hands. better ground game? nope. he may have more technical jiujitsu, but hughes is stronger and will ALWAYS be on top of serra. which means he will win a decision if it comes to that. serra has improved, but I dont think I would bet on him beating any of the top 5 guys like fitch, gsp, bj, hughes, or even koscheck.
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You have a right to your opinion, but how can you blatantly ignore the fact that Hughes stopped GSP and BJ? He submitted GSP and TKO'd Penn.

BJ had a rib injury that occured during their match. He wasn't injured going into the match. Hughes pushed BJ into a pace that his body couldn't keep up with and it resulted into a rib injury.

Then Matt Hughes pounded him until the fight was stopped. The fact that BJ was winning up until Hughes finished him is a moot point because in the end, who won?

It's a testament to Hughes. It was a great strategy to allow BJ to exert himself over a few rounds. That's what champions do.

BJ's a great fighter and so is GSP, but so is Hughes. I'm not convinced that Serra is their level,

He didn't push anything to any pace lmao
BJ picked the entire pace of that fight, Penn rolled funny on his own rib, it wasn't the pace that did it.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:08 PM   #26 (permalink)
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ok, better standup? maybe. maybe just heavier hands. better ground game? nope. he may have more technical jiujitsu, but hughes is stronger and will ALWAYS be on top of serra. which means he will win a decision if it comes to that. serra has improved, but I dont think I would bet on him beating any of the top 5 guys like fitch, gsp, bj, hughes, or even koscheck.
check out the Serra/Karo fight. Serra's stand-up isn't brand new, just improved and more technical. it's very over-looked because of his jiujitsu.

Hughes laying on top of Serra throughout the fight wouldn't give the judges over-whelming evidence that of beating the current champ.

its going to be fun and hopefully a WAR!
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Does anyone else see Serra's bjj being overrated? People always talk about how he's a bjj black belt, but the last and most notable guy he subbed was Kelly Dullanty. He has decent stand-up, with above-average power, but his stand-up isn't what people are making it out to be either. Regardless of his win over GSP, Serra is overmatched at WW.

A lot of his wins have come from decision, because despite having prety good power, he's not a finisher. I think most people agree that if this fight goes to decision, Hughes will be the winner and that's where I see it going, unless Hughes can pound him out.
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A lot of his wins have come from decision, because despite having prety good power, he's not a finisher.
Hughes couldn't finish Lyttle, while Serra ko'd GSP
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Hughes couldn't finish Lyttle, while Serra ko'd GSP
Yes, but Hughes has finished Penn, GSP, Trigg (twice), Newton (twice) and Sakurai, and those are just the ones worth mentioning.

Serra has finished GSP, Kelly Dullanty, Greg Melisi, Jeff Telvi, and Graham Lewis. But keep comparing them, clearly they're on the same level. Oh, and the lsat time Serra finished a fight before GSP was 2002.
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very good points. Hughes is definitly the more accomplished fighter among the two. When they step into the cage all records are thrown out, and I hope it will be an epic fight, can't wait!
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