Whatever gameplan GSP is working on will be the method he will win the fight, whether its jab for 5 rounds or side control lay and pray. Shields may be on a winning streak, but going back to Miller he has looked rather unimpressive IMO. For my own version, I believe that GSP keeps this fight standing and wins a UD.
So Machida loses the rematch with Shogun and than "loses" to Rampage and all of a sudden it seems like people forgot that he has serious skills and power. Captain America will get KO in the first round, maybe the second but a KO all the same.
Bocek vs. Henderson is my favorite match up of this card as poited out early with BJJ skills versus the unsubmittable. As much as I like Henderson I think Bocek earns a SD in this bout.
People forget way tooooo fast.. Typical MMA "Fans"
C'mon Machida has "power", he had it for a year but before that he was viewed as a pillow handed point scorer. If anyone upsets that night it will be Couture. We don't really know what Machida we're going to get for this fight and he has only fought free-style wrestlers never greco-roman. This fight is going to be won or loss based on two factors, Machida's core strength or Couture's chin.
This one is a real toss up for me, I'm going to my money on Machida but my head says Couture.
Thats not true John.
Don't you see the difference between the Machida from 2 years ago to the one from today? Machida has serious, serious Knock Out Power these days. Just look at him these days. He spend an awful a lot of time in the weight room getting strenght and power into his punches. Just take a look at him today. I don't even like it actually..
He was able to rock Rampage with his straight left. I mean who ever rocks Rampage like that?? I haven't seen that in a long time!
Machida has immense Power these days!
Also it's much easier for somebody like Lyoto to defend against a Greco guy then for example a Freestyle Wrestler or Judoka.
Greco guys try to trag you down after they got you against the cage.. the little mistake people make here is, that LYoto is one of THE best fighters in the clinch in all of MMA. Couture won't ever get him too the ground!
Also it's not about Coutures chin either. Couture's most vulnerable aspect these days is his weak body. Lyoto will try to attack the body much more. In everyone of his recent fights Couture went down because of body kicks and knees (Lyoto's speciality). Not saying that his chin isn't the one of a 50 year old man either.