Originally Posted by DJ Syko
Nate got mauled for 3 rounds by sonnen, what could he do differently in a rematch to beat him? he has been fighting for 10+ years, i dont think he could significantly improve his takedown defense now, or else he would have in fighting a guy like sonnen. Sonnen is just a bad match up for nate, just as Maia is a bad match up for Sonnen. I think Hendo would beat all 3 of them.
As for Swick, i dont think he has ever been that highly rated anyway, i think most people thought he would be beat Hardy, but i think that was more to do with Hardy being underrated and swick gave him a good fight. Swick always has and will be a borderline top 10 WW and i dont think many people have rated him higher than that.
Nate was not focusing on take down defense that fight. Any Nate fan could see he did not come in with a good game plan. He was concentrating on a big KO when they were standing and because of that his movement was bad and he wasn't focusing on TDD. If he circled around more and kept more distance he could have avoided the take downs imo. Nate said it best after the fight was over. He knows what his mistakes were and I think he can do a lot better if they had a rematch.