This is an extremely good matchup. At first glance the popular pick is Anderson and why not the guy is on such a tear right now. Anderson hasn't revieved hardly any damage if any since he came over to the UFC so it will be alot like the Machida fight in that regard. Shogun has some serious speed and I think Shogun would be able to land shots on Anderson. Shogun's always had one of the best chins in the game as well, not to mention if Shogun takes it to the ground I definitely think he has the egde there. a 3 rounder doesn't do this fight justice, it needs to be 5.
I think Shogun would absolutely tool Rampage. Rampage hasn't looked good since the Henderson fight. He's become extremely one dimensional, he hasn't used his wrestling since the Hendo fight and in his striking he doesnt seem to box anymore, all he does is load up on that big left hook and the big uppercut, he hasn't been setting up his punches or throwing many combinations hes become very one dimensional and very predictable. Rampage's achilles heel imo is that he doesn't defend at all, doesn't check leg kicks, never worked on thai clinch defense after he got destroyed by Wanderlei there in the first fight or the second, and when he covers up he leaves alot of spaces where his face is very vulnerable, alot more than any other fighter or boxer ive seen.
A Rashad fight is interesting but the biggest beef I have with Rashad is he's too gunshy. He needs to start letting his hands go more often, it's fine being patient but hes way too patient. He's got good technique,good power, good speed, great footwork and head movement, but as the old saying goes you can't win if you don't throw punches (since Rashad hasn't used his wrestling in awhile). I think Rashad should start throwing more jabs, more kicks, and attempt more takedowns not necessarily to get the fight to the ground but to throw his opponent off balance and keep him guessing. The showboating definitely didn't help in the Machida fight either.
Last edited by streetpunk08; 10-27-2009 at 12:29 AM.