Amazing that the 3 of you pick Rampage after he got ktfo twice by Wanderlei and a third time in the same exact fashion against Shogun just a few months after. I doubt Rampage learned any lesson from these losses yet or maybe he just can't help it, this myu thai clinch is and will always be the big hole in his game and no matter how hard he trains for it he just can't deal with it.
But TBH what worries me the most is all this s*** he has to deal with in his personal life and his current state of mind.
Rampage at 100% can be the most dangerous opponent for anybody, but when the mind is not there, he becomes a complete different fighter... In his last fight against Forrest, not taking any credit away from Forrest, he fought smart and great but I didn't feel Rampage was there mentally (am I the only one?) and IMO that's mainly why he lost the fight.
Have you guys seen his interview where he talks about his next fight, his new training etc.? Please watch it til the end and tell me if you see a focused and confident man or an anxious dude that lost the fight even before stepping in the cage. At the end of the video it's almost like he's got tears in his eyes, I've never seen him like that: http://mmamania.com/2008/11/28/quint...-ufc-92-video/
I also posted a thread about this, if you want to read people's reactions: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/47238-ra...lei-video.html
So to sum it up, he's dealing with tons of problems in his life so it won't be the best Rampage showing up + he just lost his belt + he got ktfo twice by the man he'll be fighting a 3rd time. I really don't see him winning, Silva via vicious (T)KO round 2.
I'm also surprised by your unanimous pick of Forrest against Rashad. I have a harder time calling this fight but I think it could very well be the upset of the night, just like what we've got @ UFC 88.
Forrest is a big LHW but size won't give him that much of an edge as Rashad fought at HW a few times before and never lost despite having a huge size disadvantage against his opponents. (He's not even a big LHW, he could cut to MW).
Rashad haters always bring up his decision wins, saying he can't finish fights etc. But if you take a look at the record of the fighters he won a decision against, you realize that all these guys never or barely got TKOed in their other fights: Bisping (0 TKO loss), Bonnar (1 TKO loss but it was due to cut), Hoger (0), Imes(0), Jara (3), Ramirez (1). So Rashad getting lots of decision wins is more due to the fact that he fought opponents with granite chins than to he's so-called inability to deliver a KO/finish fights. On the other side, in his last 5 fights in the UFC, he's got 3 vicious/put to sleep KOs, which is WOW. No doubt he's got fast and heavy hands and I'm pretty sure Forrest knows it (he better do)...
Rashad is a solid, heavy-handed, well-rounded fighter and so is Forrest, but I see Rashad coming in with a great, very well executed game plan that could give him the edge if the fight goes the distance. Another strength on his side is having Greg Jackson as a coach (Randy's great too) and this training camp that seems excellent, it's like nothing can stop these fighters.
Last but not least, Jardine already fought and TKO'd Forrest + they have this amazing nipple tweak secret lol.
Conclusion, I see either a (T)KO in the early rounds or a decision for Rashad. My opinion.