I notice that a lot, I mean A LOT of people are kinda just shrugging Rampage off...like he won't test Chuck in the slightest.
Now granted, Chuck's hand are very precise and his footwork has improved...but he still gets sloppy. There's no denying that.
Rampage will continue to improve in his training as well. Don't forget: his fight with Marvin was his octagon debut, and he hadn't faught in quite some time. You can train in the cage all you want, but it's a different level when the lights are shining brightly on you...and a monster is standing across from you, ready to smash you.
He's not just gonna NOT
train to Liddell's strengths. Don't forget about that.
Now, that being said...Rampage is a monster in the clinch. From what I've seen of Liddell while in that position, he's not the strongest. He isn't horrible there, he just doesn't do much besides hang on and hope for a break. If the break happens (which it usually does), Chuck quickly throws after seperation.
Rampage is NO DOUBT physically stronger than Liddell. Rampage's dirty boxing skills are far superior to Chuck's. THAT my friends, is where Quinton will have to do the most damage. Break him down via knees to the body...and the punching power will decrease considerably. Rich Franklin / Anderson Silva anyone...??
Now, lemme touch on another issue here. Rampage may not have a "Mark Hunt" chin, but his is certainly not bad. He can sustain some HEAVY shots. Granted, Rampage will get tested there by Chuck, but like I said...he'll know who he's fighting, so it's not like he not going to expect it. Rampage has seen Chuck's looping bombs once before. Chuck has that nasty habit of BAM! one punch and it's nighty-night. Well, if you remember...he didn't finish Tito with a single punch, it was that flurry while Tito was going fetal that stopped the 2nd fight. So, I don't think Rampage will be finished, it will have to be a flurry of punches, if Rampage gets wobbled, and backs up into the fence...or falls. That's the only way I see Quinton being stopped, is that barrage of shots while on the fence / ground, and the ref will step in. No one punch shots.
Lastly, there's always that mat factor. If Rampage can make this fight hit the mat, he has a GREAT chance of winning. All the hardcore Liddell fans will be REAL nervous if that happens.
Rampage is CRAZY
strong...and I think could hold Chuck down there. Granted, Chuck stood up against Randy, Tito, Horn...all those guys..but I STRONGLY believe that Rampage is just physically stronger than all of them. In my eyes, Quinton can hold him on the mat longer than any of the previously mentioned...and just pound him out from there. We all know Chuck's G-n-P defense can't be THAT
good, cause he never stays down on the mat that long.
We MAY see a changing of the guard at 205 people. But then again, we may not. Just have to see when the time comes. We can talk all this strategy, and who is stronger than who, blah blah...but we're not in there fighting. And you know what they say, "Gameplan goes out the window the first time you get punched in the face."
Should be AWESOME to watch though. Alright...I'm done rambling.