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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-24-2008, 01:52 PM
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No doubt in my mind that GSP would be elite at Middleweight. I think he'd beat Anderson Silva most times.
Really? Silva would have a huge reach advantage, four inches of height, and a good fifteen-twenty pounds... and it's not like Silva is a slouch in any of the areas GSP is good at except maybe wrestling. I dunno. Maybe some times, but most times?

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imo GSP wouldnt be as dominant at 185 but would still do very well. He'll have to adapt his game to much larger opponents thus a bit less wrestling and more grappling.
I think his BJJ is very underrated and we'll see him using it (more) at 185.
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GSP has incredible athleticism, great motivation, and a plethora of tools to make the perfect well rounded fighter. As a MW he would out perform most everyone with little trouble except for Silva, and the two guys who shift weight classes, Franklin and Hendo. I think GSP could beat all those guys, but it would be a hard fought battle. If GSP packed on some muscle and added a lot more strength to his game, he would be a terrifying MW.

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GSP still needs to have at least 3-4 title defences before he gets rushed up to middleweight to challenge Anderson Silva.

If GSP is victorious against BJ, he should have to fight Alves. After that, I would be interested in seeing him fight against Sanchez as well as another fight with Koscheck.

It is a terrible misconception that GSP is a huge welterweight. Granted he is a big welterweight, he would be drawfed by some of the middleweights. Although I believe GSP would have a solid run at middleweight, I think he'll have a lot of problems with fighters like Dan, Rich (yeah, I know he's not in middleweight anymore), Nate (not sure if they would fight since they are in the same camp), Anderson, etc.
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Dana said the winner of Penn/GSP will first have to face Thiago. So if GSP beats Penn, he'll be facing Thiago first and imo win or loose by the end of 09, he'll be facing Silva at a catchweight (before he retires). They definitely want to put this fight together because it will sell lots of PPVs.
Important point: GSP facing Silva doesnt mean he's definitely moving up to face other 185ers right away. I think he'll want to clear the WW division first (kos, sanchez, maybe fitch again etc) then move up in weight.
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There are some BIG dudes in the MW divison!
He would have a lot of trouble with guys like Franklin (assuming he comes back to 185), Okami, Silva and oh yeah supposedly Reljic is gonna be at 185 now? Wow. I know we haven't seen him in action at that weight class yet, but to add to my point, the guy is huge.
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GSP is extremely talented. P4P one of the best fighters in the world, however as I middle-weight I think he would be top 10 maybe top 5 at best. People at 185 are natural 205ers or higher. Someone in another thread said that, Silva drops down from like 215? Im Sure Franklin and Hendo do the same as well. GSP drops from what? 190? Thats a huge difference. Not just in weight, size, but also in reach.
GSP has amazing wrestling, but I think he would be "Brock Lesnar'd" a little bit in the MW division to put it lightly.
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GSP is extremely talented. P4P one of the best fighters in the world, however as I middle-weight I think he would be top 10 maybe top 5 at best. People at 185 are natural 205ers or higher. Someone in another thread said that, Silva drops down from like 215? Im Sure Franklin and Hendo do the same as well. GSP drops from what? 190? Thats a huge difference. Not just in weight, size, but also in reach.
GSP has amazing wrestling, but I think he would be "Brock Lesnar'd" a little bit in the MW division to put it lightly.
I agree for the most part however GSP has a huuuge reach (76") for a 5'10" guy. He almost has the same reach as some of the biggest, tallest LHWs.
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Really? Silva would have a huge reach advantage, four inches of height, and a good fifteen-twenty pounds... and it's not like Silva is a slouch in any of the areas GSP is good at except maybe wrestling. I dunno. Maybe some times, but most times?
Yea I was thinking the same thing. I don't think GSP would beat Silva most times at all. Hell, I'd say Anderson takes it 9 times outta 10.
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There are some BIG dudes in the MW divison!
He would have a lot of trouble with guys like Franklin (assuming he comes back to 185), Okami, Silva and oh yeah supposedly Reljic is gonna be at 185 now? Wow. I know we haven't seen him in action at that weight class yet, but to add to my point, the guy is huge.
Yes but if you compare most of the MWs to GSP, you'll see that GSP tops almost all of them with athleticism, execution, and tools. GSP is the total package and he would pose a huge problem to almost all of the MWs.

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