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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Which undefeated LHW is on the way to becoming the more exciting? Rashad or Machida

Rashad was known to be a boring wrestler, but been finishing his fights lately.. TKO Forrest and KOi'ing chuck

Machida... KO'ing the KO artist in the first round, yelling at the fans if he deserved a title shot
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-01-2009, 12:44 PM
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I've watched and been a fan of both since their first UFC fights.

I say both IMO.
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Machida also threw out hats to the fans at the weigh in- now that was VERY exciting.

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It depends on what you think is exciting in terms of fighting styles. While I think Rashad is a great fighter, and will continue to get better, he's hardly of a mold we haven't seen before. Its a successful mold, ripe with explosiveness and power, but it's almost 'the usual' sort of fighter style.

Machida, on the other hand, is one of those rare fighters that totally breaks all molds and is almost impossible to figure out. Anderson Silva is like this, Fedor is like this, Machida is like this. I'm not Saying Machida is going to be as successful as someone like Fedor, but you have to admit that he seems to just be better than his opponents in an intangible way.

Machida's complete difference to 'the norm' is evident in how so many people don't like, or even respect him. People actually complain about his 'stand-off' way of fighting, but when something like that translates to utter dominance, and he can put on a performance like he did, how is that not exciting? Being able to make a great, very aggressive fighter like Thiago look like a nobody, while seeming to barely put any effort into it, is very impressive.

To me, watching someone work on that other level is infinitely more exciting than watching just another 'explosive, striking wrestler', no matter how good he is.

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It depends on what you think is exciting in terms of fighting styles. While I think Rashad is a great fighter, and will continue to get better, he's hardly of a mold we haven't seen before. Its a successful mold, ripe with explosiveness and power, but it's almost 'the usual' sort of fighter style.

Machida, on the other hand, is one of those rare fighters that totally breaks all molds and is almost impossible to figure out. Anderson Silva is like this, Fedor is like this, Machida is like this. I'm not Saying Machida is going to be as successful as someone like Fedor, but you have to admit that he seems to just be better than his opponents in an intangible way.

Machida's complete difference to 'the norm' is evident in how so many people don't like, or even respect him. People actually complain about his 'stand-off' way of fighting, but when something like that translates to utter dominance, and he can put on a performance like he did, how is that not exciting? Being able to make a great, very aggressive fighter like Thiago look like a nobody, while seeming to barely put any effort into it, is very impressive.

To me, watching someone work on that other level is infinitely more exciting than watching just another 'explosive, striking wrestler', no matter how good he is.
I have to agree with this post. Machida's style is purely a matter of taste. The reason so many people find him boring is the exact same reason why so many others love his style of fighting.

Rashad is what the modern MMA fighter is evolving into. He's a freakishly athletic guy who not only has D1 NCAA wretling credentials but has also developed a top level striking game complete with KO power.

Both of these guys are very scary fights for anyone at 205. I think it just comes down to what you like.
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lyoto looked phenomenal last night....

however...we've got to take into account that thiago silva played right into machida's strength....he came straight at him wild and reckless, which is exactly what machida is trained to counter.
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I agree that Silva made things easy for Machida, but it was nice to see Machida display aggression which has sometimes been lacking in some of his other fights.

I am not a huge fan of Machida but I did find his fight against Silva a lot more entertaining than say his fight against Ortiz - and Ortiz had to chase him for the whole fight. The difference against Silva is that Machida actually came forward and didn't wait for only the counter attack opportunities.

Evans vs Machida has the potential to be a very exciting fight.
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Define exciting.

If you get excitement out of only KOs and Submissions then you are watching MMA for the wrong reasons. Machida and Rashad have been exciting fighters in my mind for a long time. That is because I look more at the skill that they are displaying, their execution and their gameplan. Not flash KOs and "sluggin".

I guess it's all perception.

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