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Old 04-09-2010, 02:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The only fighter he would POSSIBLY lose to at MW is Silva, You people forget that he trains and wrestles with guys from MW and LHW all the time.
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I don't think GSP would perform as well at MW as some posters do. Georges has excellent technique, mabye best takedowns in MMA today. But when he takes people down at welterweight he is able to muscle them around a good bit. Excellent wrestling/top control and great jiu-jitsu, but likely unable to control people on the bottom and keep them down at MW like he can at welterweight. Throw in longer limbs and greater power at middlweight, and GSP has a much better chance at getting caught, or at least not getting the takedown as quickly (tho he'd still get amazing percentages on his takedowns). Some great fights maybe but at least if Silva came down in weight it wouldn't tarnish GSP as much as GSP going up, fighing another middleweight and losing. MW contenders like Marquardt and Chonnen, probably others I'm missing - would likely beat GSP - my 2 cents.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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The only fighter he would POSSIBLY lose to at MW is Silva, You people forget that he trains and wrestles with guys from MW and LHW all the time.
He could possibly lose to Maia, Marquardt, Akiyama, Belfort. I'm not even sure he'd be the favorite against Henderson. But I could see him being competitive or beating any of those guys as well. They would be good fights and he wouldn't get easily out-sized or out-muscled by any of them.
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How would he get outsized by Maia or Akiyama? Both guys are WW's masquerading at MW. Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy are both probably more physically imposing than either Maia or Akiyama.
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Dana was pushing for GSP/Andy to happen before so what actually happened is GSP told Dana he isn't moving up because Andy makes him shit himself. So then Dana started saying that Andy is too big for GSP to fight at 185 even though GSP is now ten pounds over the limit.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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^ I know right, I love how coversation was heating up leading into the forrest/anderson fight then as soon as anderson destroys griff dana starts back peddling on the whole thing..And GSP starts talkin about phantom groin injuries, needing 6 months to put on 15lbs of muscle (despite walkin around at 210) and best of all flirting with going to the olympics just to scare dana from ever making the fight..The guy is yellow and the fact that dana is considering having this fight if anderson makes 170 is very telling
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GSP has more marketability than Silva or BJ. Look at the guy, he looks like the perfect athlete and he's an MMA fighter. I would say GSP and Lesnar are the face of the UFC right now. These two guys are being protected because they attract an audience and it's mostly because of their spectacular physique and athletic abilities. GSP is trying out for the olympics...come on, if he loses it's do terrible things to his rep; also, imagine how much great it would be for GSP to be in the Olympics, please note that White was more than happy to let him take some time off and participate in it lol it has to do with money guys.
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Second post on this thread...
And something else came to my mind.

I think GSP would be a successful MW, but not sure if he would be a champion. And what Dana wants at this moment is for GSP to be a Champion. Why is that?!? I think it's simple: money, PPV buys, media interest, publicity, exposure...IN CANADA that is..!!!!
Remember UFC 97, pre-fight conference???
Dana White said (quote): "Canada is the mecca for mixed martial arts...I honestly don't think there are too many places we could go and sell 22,000 tickets as fast as we did here. People up here tell me ...".
No doubt, the interest for MMA in Canada is very high. GSP was named sporting personality of the year in Canada, MMA is becoming more and more popular. And GSP is a the main reason for that.
If i'm not mistaking MMA is not legal in all canadian states. Dana has noticed the rise in popularity of MMA in Canada and he intends to take full advantage of that. Proof: UFC 115 Vancouver. And the potential is huge. After USA, Canada is the UFC's second biggest market....
And that's why i think he needs GSP as champion, in order to generate a lot of interest from the canadian fans. It's not like the canadian fans wouldn't buy tikets or PPV's no more if GSP would fight at MW, but at WW he is the undisputed king, and it's another feeling for canadians to have a cnadian as a champion, as one of the best.

And now, Dana is taking a similar approach on the british market imo, another one with huge potential.
Have you ever thought that one of the reason for Hardy's title shot could be this one...??? ()
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Second post on this thread...
And something else came to my mind.

I think GSP would be a successful MW, but not sure if he would be a champion. And what Dana wants at this moment is for GSP to be a Champion. Why is that?!? I think it's simple: money, PPV buys, media interest, publicity, exposure...IN CANADA that is..!!!!
Remember UFC 97, pre-fight conference???
Dana White said (quote): "Canada is the mecca for mixed martial arts...I honestly don't think there are too many places we could go and sell 22,000 tickets as fast as we did here. People up here tell me ...".
No doubt, the interest for MMA in Canada is very high. GSP was named sporting personality of the year in Canada, MMA is becoming more and more popular. And GSP is a the main reason for that.
If i'm not mistaking MMA is not legal in all canadian states. Dana has noticed the rise in popularity of MMA in Canada and he intends to take full advantage of that. Proof: UFC 115 Vancouver. And the potential is huge. After USA, Canada is the UFC's second biggest market....
And that's why i think he needs GSP as champion, in order to generate a lot of interest from the canadian fans. It's not like the canadian fans wouldn't buy tikets or PPV's no more if GSP would fight at MW, but at WW he is the undisputed king, and it's another feeling for canadians to have a cnadian as a champion, as one of the best.

And now, Dana is taking a similar approach on the british market imo, another one with huge potential.
Have you ever thought that one of the reason for Hardy's title shot could be this one...??? ()
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