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post #51 of 205 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 12:49 PM
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Ya, when Lawrence and Marcello were squaring off at the end of the show it looked like man vs boy. Marcello is def going to have the experience factor and the better BJJ. I really think Marcello is a top candidate to win the show.

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Good point, there was a big gap just from the square off. I'm sort of against Marcello even being on the show because I think it should be for upcoming prospects who want to break out into the sport. He is 34 with a lot of credentials under his belt. It's like when Roy Nelson was on the show. I could see Marcello as a favorite winning this thing just because he is probably further mentally than most on the show.

If Lawrence did beat him, that would send a clear message. It would also help some of the guys breathe easier knowing that the guy with the best BJJ in the house is out of the tournament. I still think that Marcello will beat Lawrence, though.

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Trip, mount, choke.

I wish I could bet on it, because that's happening.

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post #54 of 205 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 11:18 PM
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I don't know why people are so obsessed with Marcello in this fight, Lawrence is way ahead of him on the feet and is going to KO him. Lawrence has the best technique of anybody on the show and is also very aggressive and relentless. The dude trains with Black House, I think he can handle his shit.
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yea, on the prelim fights, lawrence looked like he was on a whole other level.

but then again, cruickshank also looked kinda special.

anything can happen, but I wouldn't count Lawrence out

experience does mean a lot, but I do believe that raw talent can top experience anyday of the week. look at Jon Jones steamrolling through not only veterans, but also legends during their prime or still very close.

he litterally broke rampage


I don't know, when Lawrence was saying he was training with AS, if he trained with him once for 5 minutes or if he spars with the dude everyday.

On the other hand, if Marcello was really THAT good, he'd probably be on the UFC right now. I love Roy Nelson and all, but even tho he's holding his own, he's not exactly your "premium" type of fighter either. Talent like Lawrence, I can see that holding a belt in the future. I'd be very susprised if Nelson ever even gets a shot at one.
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Lawrence may well go in there and knock Marcello's head off.

It was brilliant what Cruz did... the entire Faber team =

That's some brilliant mind games right there. If Lawrence wins this fight he is going to have every one there believing the hype and being petrified of him if they weren't already.
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Lawrence may well go in there and knock Marcello's head off.

It was brilliant what Cruz did... the entire Faber team =

That's some brilliant mind games right there. If Lawrence wins this fight he is going to have every one there believing the hype and being petrified of him if they weren't already.
Exactly. If Lawrence wins then Team Cruz officially has the show on lockdown.
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Brilliant little curve ball at the end by Cruz. Everyone was and Cruz was . Can't wait to see how this one turns out.




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Well, that was an absorbing episode ! I didn't think it would make any difference, but being only literally days behind all the action happening leading up to the fight, really made a difference. Really gave it a fresh feel, added by the live pre fight warm ups etc.

Have always been a Cruz fan over Faber. Both these guys are intelligent, professional, hard workers and looking like great coaches. Like their fights, they are basically two studs that are evenly matched in almost everything. Probably, the strongest 1 2 in any weight class.

Cruz just has that little something extra about himself though, and I think it showed tonight. Whilst Faber tried to make Cruz look bad with some accusatory shit, he only barely succeeded. Conversely, Cruz made Faber look like a complete fool by playing within the rules of the game, not bringing in any outside stuff and stunning Faber and his team with a swerve.

I hope it pays off big time, and Lawrence pulls through.

It may be with Lawrence that we witnessed his best performance ever, in the qualifying fight. Obviously, it seems to be Lawrence that reacted best out of all of them, to the initial swerve pf being told it was a 1 rounder, and he really went for it brilliantly inside that one round.

Very interesting fight coming up.

Gutted Cruickshank lost though, always support any Detroit lads, and they guy had a great all round package. Hope he gets another shot somehow

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I don't really see what was so impressive about Lawrence. He blitzed a dude in a hurry. It's been done before.

Marcelo himself put away an Eddie Bravo black belt with almost zero resistance in about 3 and a half minutes.

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