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.
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.
Fedor fights I want to see..
Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia -
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski -
hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..