Originally Posted by Toxic
People seem to think Dos Santos is gonna take Yvel down and control or submit him on the ground but there is a reason Barnett didn't keep trying to submit Yvel, its because he was constantly looking to defend and sweep. Yvel may not have alot offensively from his back (besides the most bad ass reverse GnP ever) but he is defensively at least solid. Barnett has extremely good top control so don't be fooled by the fact he managed to Velasquez/Kongo Yvel that its an easy task, Yvel is better defensively than Kongo and didn't look like a fish out of water against one of the top 5 (at the time anyhow) HW's in the world. Besides Dos Santos chose to stand and trade with Cro Cop who despite being a shell of his former self has a legacy that still strikes fear into the hearts of men. Im very surprised to see just how many people are writing the Hurricane outta this fight.
Originally Posted by steveo412
yah just because Junior trains with Nog doesnt mean he is some beast on the ground. I am pretty sure he isnt a black belt in BJJ and his only loss is to an armbar. I see this as a striking battle and thats exactly what Yvel wants. Yvels TDD is not that great though so I bet JDS could get him down there. This is a real test to see how good JDS actually is standing.
I see zero reason for JDS to take this to the ground except perhaps for some quick GnP or just for points.
Barnett is a 2009 World NO-GI champion, he's arguable the top grappler at HW. Barnett getting beatup on the ground (from back no less) by Yvel speaks volumes IMO.
But JDS is the superior striker by far. He's an 18-0 brazillian heavyweight kickboxing champ and he trains with Anderson Silva, Lil Nog, and Machida. He KO'd Werdum in like a minute and Werdum is no joke - easily a bigger win than Gonzaga for Carwin or Rothwell for Valesquez.
I expect JDS to feel Yvel out for the first 3-4 minutes of rd 1 and eat a few shots during it. After that JDS will pretty much just rock house.