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Old 12-01-2008, 07:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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A Leites/Maia fight would make me wet myself. The MW division is turning into a huge BJJ fest and I couldn't be happier!
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't know about Palhares mang. I really like the Leites/Palhares matchup to be quite honest, and I think Leites wins it standing and by points.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That Marquart fight could've went either way, I think Thales certainly has the tools to be a contendr, the dude's only like 27. He already has top of the line grappling, his stand-up can always improve, and the guy's got a long time in this sport
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I strongly disagree about Palhares being overrated on this board, but that's another topic.

I wouldn't mind an Okami vs Leites fight.
Palhares was indeed extremely highly rated before and slightly after the Hendo fight.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Palhares is a badass, sub machine, though. Dude made short work out of guys like Salaverry, Acacio, Dipp and Negao. Shit's impressive. I admit, I thought he was going to sub Henderson, but he still has a chance to make some serious moves in the MW division.
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Well, dude needs some striking. He has a solid chin, but if anyone can dodge his subs, they can probably out decision him.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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He's the Imanari of the MW division, meaning that he can leg-lock anyone at any given time. That alone makes him a very dangerous opponent. Striking is what he needs, but he can be a contender without it.

Does anyone else think Thales would give Anderson a good fight? I do.
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For the Hendo fight, I don't think it was people underrating Palhares. He really is that good if the fight gets to the ground, and can sub you from anywhere. I think that Hendo meanwhile, was being underrated by a lot of people. Not that I blame them.

So yeah, the amount of people saying "Palhares is going to win this easily, first round" was a lot, but I still don't think they overrated Palhares. Just underrated Hendo, as I've already said

As for Thales, he will keep beating the guys he has been beating, the Pete Sells, Drew McFedries and Ryan Jensens, just when he takes that next step against the Kampmann's and Marquardt's is where he will struggle.. And I don't think he will get further than that. Those well rounded fighters are too much. I don't hate Thales from the Marquardt fight, it just showed me that he's not there yet.

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Damone, IMO, just like with Maia, Palhares, Jacare.. Leites would give Anderson a tough fight if he got the fight to the ground, I just think he would get finished before he has the chance.
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Does anyone else think Thales would give Anderson a good fight? I do.
For sure, I think he would get lit up on the stand-up but I can see him going to distance cause the dudes got balls and it'll take A LOT to make him quit. If the fight goes the ground, I'd be worried for Silva.
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I am biased against Lietes as Marquardt is my favorite UFC MW and I am pissed he "lost" that matchup. Maybe after Nate gets a rematch and properly beats him down I wont dislike him so much.
You mean properly lose? One thing people seem to forget about that fight is Marqaurdt was pretty much not doing anything to Leites until he threw that illegal knee.
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