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Old 12-12-2010, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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* 10 best fighters not signed by UFC @ end of 2011*

Its almost 2011, so which fighters are the best that by the end of 2011 will NOT be signed by ufc?
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1. Werdum- Doesn’t have exclusive strikeforce contract, and may be fighting next in either japan or abu dhabi next . After that in strikeforce probably against Alistair overeem, but is locked in strikeforce for years to come.

2. Fedor: was offered a great deal from the UFC, but fedor's association with m-1 and vadim finkelstein will deny him the opportunity to fight in the ufc. He’s signing a new contract with strikeforce, Fighting next in January. M1 rejected Antonio Silva and wants Werdum but will probably fight Josh Barnett whose the best Pride heavyweight Fedor never fought.

3. Brett Rogers: Fighting next probably January 29th vs Ray Sefo, and in the future probably against other strikers like Lavar Johnson, Del Rosario, Kharitonov and maybe Arlovski rematch.

4. Daniel Cormier: he has 5 more fights with strikeforce as of now.. will fight Jan 7 against Devin Cole. Wants to fight Chad Griggs (who beat Lashley)

5. Gilbert Melendez: Avenged losses to Ishida and Thomson and defeated Aoki. Is the current strikeforce champion and training partner of Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz. signed new contract with strikeforce. Next fight probably 2011 rubber match with Thomson

6. Ronaldo “Jacare”: may be locked up in championship clause. Expressed interest in fighting in ufc, but signed a new contract following his win over Tim Kennedy. Is training partner of fellow middleweight champion Anderson Silva

7. Rafael “Feijao”: may be locked up in championship clause. His trainer planned for him to be the ufc champion. Is fighting next most likely Dan Henderson. Other possible opponents include Mike Kyle and Mousasi.

8. Gegard Mousasi: signed a 4 fight deal for 2 years with Strikeforce. he is rumored to be fighting JLB next in Dream. Will fight next in Strikeforce Feb 2011 probably against mike kyle

9. Lawal: previously expressed interest in fighting in UFC and was compared to Phil Davis and Jon Jones, and also had some rivalry going with rampage. he wont be fighting until mid 2011 due to knee injury. Opponents could be Hendo, or Mousasi rematch. Has 2-3 fights left in strikeforce.

10. Jorge Santiago: claims to like his Japanese contract and will fight for strikeforce where they will allow him to keep it.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice list. I'd throw Alistair Overeem somewhere in that list as well. And i'm not so sure about Rogers anymore. In his last fight he won a decision over Warpath which can't be good.
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Paul Daley... Although if he KOs Noons and Diaz i think Dana may back track on what he said after UFC 113
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Paul Daley... Although if he KOs Noons and Diaz i think Dana may back track on what he said after UFC 113
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Nice list, this is mine with a few modifications:

1. Fedor
2. Cormier
3. Melendez
4. Jacare
5. Hector Lombard
6. Mousasi
7. Lawal
8. Alvarez
9. Overeem
10. Nick Diaz

In no particular order.
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1. Hector Lombard the Bellator MW champion is 20-0-1 in his last 21 fights but it's not who he's beating it's how he finishes them 11 wins in the first round...for a middle weight.

2. Shinya Aoki - a submission machine, he fills in a hole that the LW is missing a true bad guy.

3. Gegard Mousasi - the man who currently holds the Dream belt and used to hold the Strikeforce belt Mousasi may not have the wrestling to survive in the UFC but he sure has the match ups (start with Bonnar then Machida, then Rua's)

4. Fabricio Werdum - the Fedor killah had a nice run in the UFC before not resigning now you can bring him in and give him the fights we want to see (Mir).

5/6. Nick Diaz/Jason Miller - two men one fight, what better proof of UFC dominance than to put together the fight Strikeforce couldn't. Don't be scarred homie.

7. Gilbert Melendez - the current LW champion would provide just that much more fresh blood in an amazing division.

8. Gerard Harris - BRING BACK GERALD

9. the winner of Sylvia/Rizzo - familiar faces the UFC doesn't need new prospects as much as they need middle men for the prospects to move over.

10. Dan Severn - how many fights do you think the Beast won in 2010 - five he won five fights and they were all finishes! in one year this 52 years young kid is a testament to the safety of MMA. He has 96 wins and what would be better than for the UFC to sign him so he can get his 100th win under the UFC banner.
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Paul Daley... Although if he KOs Noons and Diaz i think Dana may back track on what he said after UFC 113
I agree. Paul Daley belongs to the UFC. If Karo found his way back then i hope Daley finds as well. Although what he did was awful and Daley deserved to make an example of i'm still sure Dana will bring him back.
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My dream list:

1. Alistair Overeem
2. Fedor
3. Jorge Santiago
4. Bibiano Fernandes
5. Marlon Sandro
6. Dan Henderson
7. Nick Diaz
8. Masenori Kanehara
9. Hector Lombard
10. Gilbert Melendez
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1. Overeem
2. Melendez
3. Aoki
4. Nick Diaz
5. Daley
6. Alvarez
7. Fedor
8. Miller
9. Mousasi
10. Woodley (This guy is future champ!)
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