Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
Let's look at each set of division matchups, just so that we're clear on exactly how batsh*t crazy Gary Shaw is.
In this division, Kimbo is by far EXC's most publicized fighter, though I think Tank is better. Still, if Gary's going to call Kimbo the king of their heavyweight division, then let's see possible heavyweight matchups.
Kimbo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
Kimbo vs. Tim Sylvia
Kimbo vs. Brandon Vera
Kimbo vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Kimbo vs. Cheick Kongo
I'll just stop there, since we are talking about a guy who got DESTROYED by Sean Gannon.
I like Kimbo, but he'd get killed. Hell, Fabiano Scherner would probably have a field day with him.
There are going to be guys who say that Antonio Silva is the top guy in the EXC division, and I would actually agree with that, though he doesn't get the same kind of publicity as Kimbo. Personally, I think he'd get killed by any of the afformentioned except, perhaps, Kongo, if he managed to take that fight to the ground. (if he stood with Kongo, he'd be demolished)
The UFC roster is so dominant in this division, it's not really worth mentioning for me. Shamrock is considered the toughest guy in this division, and I see him getting killed by the current division, even guys that seem as washed up as Wanderlei Silva.
Frank was a great fighter for a long time, and I still think he's a serious warrior, but I see him getting killed by any of the guys in contention at 205.
I don't know about Robbie Lawler. He's been impressive lately, but Anderson Silva is a wrecking ball and I'm not convinced that Robbie can beat even guys like Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami, much less Anderson.
Still, I could be wrong about that, and I'd like to see a few more fights from each of them before I call that one.
Another boringly one-sided division.
St. Pierre, Hughes, Koscheck, Sanchez, Parisyan, Serra...
All of those guys would go to town on the EXC roster. Serra's got a better submission game than any of them, and I think that any of the other guys would just demolish them.
I like Noons, but come on. If KJ Noons fought BJ Penn?!?
It'd be like watching Ernesto Hoost fight a retarded gorilla.
Sherk has slammed punching bags scarier than Noons.
The rest of the pack in that 155 pound division makes me feel similarly. Even guys like Kurt Pellegrino, in my opinion, could make an interesting fight with Noons, while a really tough guy like Joe Stevenson or Kenny Florian, with that kind of well-rounded skill, would just kill him.
Frankly, I agree that Gary Shaw should shut his mouth. He's improving his league but he's still not on the same level as the UFC, and I think everybody in the sport (including the guys on his roster) knows that.
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