RNC - the fighting mans lullaby
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Somewhere between Hell and Earth
After watching Anderson Silva vs Travis Lutter on UFC wired lastnight, and seeing Silva look less than impressive off his back, i'd like to hear peoples opinions on the current champs, their weaknesses, and who you think could take the belt from them.
So. . .
Lightweight: BJ PENN - His weakness is without doubt his cardio and work ethic. He would likely struggle against someone who will wear him down and break his will. I think Tyson Griffin could actually be BJ's toughest fight at lightweight right now.
Welterweight: GEORGE ST PIERRE - I would say his weakness is his stand-up. Yes, thats right. I think its where he is most vulnerable. I've seen it time and time again where he leaves himself open, and his head movement sucks. He'd struggle against a good striker, with good takedown defence. Discounting BJ as he's not a WW, i'd be inclined to go for a ranked outsider in Mike Swick.
Middleweight: ANDERSSON SILVA - Going off what is fresh in my mind, which is the Lutter fight, Silva seems to struggle on the ground. He has a great guard where he utilises a body triangle off the bottom, but when he was mounted, he got clocked with what could have been fight ending blows if Lutter wasnt such a wobbly no hoper. And his "defence" was initially to raise his arms up and try and prevent Lutter from swinging. So someone with a good ground game would be difficult for Silva, so i'm going for Maia or Reljic.
Lightheavyweight: FORREST GRIFFIN - His weakness is his striking. His punches are fluid, he mixes well with his kicks, but he lacks that KO power. Meaning his fights are likely to be wars, cos he just doesnt quit. His biggest obstacle will be a good wrestler and fast striker. And i hate to say it, but thats Rashad Evans
Heavyweight: ANTONIO NOGUEIRA - Difficult one here because he doesnt have any glaring weaknesses. His stand-up isnt great, but he has an inhuman ability to take a shot. His wrestling isnt great, but his jitz is awesome. His biggest problem would be a guy with good standup and good jitz, or enough sense not to participate in the groundgame at all.
Heavyweight: BROCK LESNAR - Brock is still learning the do's and dont's of MMA, and has weaknesses in all areas. Jitz being the most prominent, then striking, and just a few holes in his wrestling. I think he'd struggle against powerful strikers with some jitz knowledge.
I pick Gonzaga to give both of these the most trouble.
What are your thoughts?