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Old 07-21-2019, 01:33 AM   #48851
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Also annoyed that Trinaldo didn't get the decision in a fight it looked to me like he won, but I suppose I can't really complain after winning on Roberson last week.
No surprise that Hernandez got the hometown decision. In that regard I suppose Brazil got a little of its own medicine. The decision annoyed me too, and it appeared that even Hernandez thought he lost.

Hernandez looks super gun shy after the Cowboy fight. Cowboy beat the tar out of him and now Hernandez has morphed into a karate point fighter. He landed half as many strikes in this 3 round fight as he did in the Cowboy fight in which he was finished in round 2.
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:10 AM   #48852
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No surprise that Hernandez got the hometown decision. In that regard I suppose Brazil got a little of its own medicine. The decision annoyed me too, and it appeared that even Hernandez thought he lost.

Hernandez looks super gun shy after the Cowboy fight. Cowboy beat the tar out of him and now Hernandez has morphed into a karate point fighter. He landed half as many strikes in this 3 round fight as he did in the Cowboy fight in which he was finished in round 2.
I think it's more that Trinaldo was a tough matchup for him stylistically, he's a short squat guy with good strength and power and good BJJ, which negates a lot of what Hernandez wants to do with his wrestling. I agree he looked a bit gun shy but I personally am not going to read too much into that going forward.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:04 PM   #48853
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That's the worst RDA I've seen in years since he went on his huge run at 155.

He has to face reality that he can't hang with the bigger guys at 170. I know he says cutting weight to 155 is a big problem... but outside of a 165 belt he has no choice. I'm a huge fan of his but enough is enough.

At 155 he can hang with anyone outside Fergusson... and Khahib... in a 3 rd fight. I think Khahibs one knock against him is I think he's the type that will fade if pushed hard in the early rounds. Outside of that RDA on paper is a great match up vs. anyone.

His sole loses at 170 have come to huge wrestlers...and Leon isn't even a notable wrestler but he's big. It's time for him to quit as he has no chance at winning the belt at 170 as he'd have to beat 2 of the guys he's lost to back to back.
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Old Yesterday, 04:04 AM   #48854
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That's the worst RDA I've seen in years since he went on his huge run at 155.

He has to face reality that he can't hang with the bigger guys at 170. I know he says cutting weight to 155 is a big problem... but outside of a 165 belt he has no choice. I'm a huge fan of his but enough is enough.

At 155 he can hang with anyone outside Fergusson... and Khahib... in a 3 rd fight. I think Khahibs one knock against him is I think he's the type that will fade if pushed hard in the early rounds. Outside of that RDA on paper is a great match up vs. anyone.

His sole loses at 170 have come to huge wrestlers...and Leon isn't even a notable wrestler but he's big. It's time for him to quit as he has no chance at winning the belt at 170 as he'd have to beat 2 of the guys he's lost to back to back.
He'll never win a title at 170, agree with you there, but he's still a damn good fighter with a family to feed and it's not like he's losing by vicious KO's, no reason for him to hang it up IMO. There's lots of fighters who will never be champions who still have really good careers in the UFC and make good $. That having been said, RDA is definitely a little small for the division, would love to see a 165 pound division have the welterweight limit moved up to 175, but I don't think that's gonna happen anytime soon.
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Old Yesterday, 04:33 AM   #48855
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RDA can't hang with the best WW fighters but I hope he continues fighting.

I actually have 3 guys I'd like to see retire from that card. Oleinik because 71 fights is enough fights especially in the HW division.

James Vick because he has a terrible chin and some of the worst striking defense ever. Fighting just doesn't seem to be for him. Every time he gets hit he stiffens up like a board and leaves himself wide open for a 2nd and 3rd shot. The shot that knocked him out was on the button but wasn't that powerful but it was just a matter of time before he got knocked out regardless.

The 3rd guy I'd like to see retire is Ben Rothwell. A few years ago I really thought he would make a run to challenge for a title. I'm not sure if he's just been vacationing for the last 3 years but he's looked terrible in both of his fights back. He's 37 years old with 48 fights and with as slow as he moves it's probably best he's not allowed to be a human punching bag for these heavy hitters in the HW division.
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Old Yesterday, 06:07 AM   #48856
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I don't think any of the three of them need to retire so much as they need to matched up with appropriate level opponents - Oleinik is still an insane grappler but can't beat guys who are young/powerful/strong/athletic with TDD

Vick is huge for his weight division and can do everything decently he's just chinny - he'll lose to top 15 guys but still beat most other guys in the UFC

Rothwell looked pretty bad in there vs Arlovski, but Arlovski has some okay speed for his size and has always had good hands. I mean, do you really think Ben Rothwell doesn't beat low level HWs though if he wants to keep fighting? Just time to stop matching him up with top 15 guys unless he can win a few in a row. People have been saying Arlovski should retire for ages too but he still loves it obviously and he's faced legit guys the whole way, he'd be absolutely ruining low level HWs still if he was fighting cans. I mean, his worst loss is Tybura UFC record wise, and Tybura is 4-4 in the UFC

Rothwell's worst loss is what, Arlovski himself or Ivanov? And he won the Ivanov fight on almost every media card and I scored that fight for Rothwell too. Yeah, he's never gonna beat a top 5 HW, but he's certainly still mid level at least.

'is never going to be the champ' doesn't always mean 'needs to retire' imo

Guys like Chuck Liddell 'need to retire' when they get knocked out cold every fight worse than the previous one. BJ Penn needs to retire unless he's going to fight non-UFC level guys on the regional circuit. Guys who are still mid level by UFC standards who aren't going to be elite anymore are fine to keep fighting at their .50 record against mid level guys as long as they're not getting finished in dangerous fashion over and over. Vick's only been finished twice in his three losses, all three against high-ish skill level guys. Put him in there with Thibaul Gouti or someone and you'll quickly see he still belongs in the UFC.

RDA will be fine he's only lost to elite guys he just isn't going to be the champ again and thats okay, he's still a solid top 10ish test for most fighters and RDA vs whoever is a perfectly fine main card fight he's just not necessarily a headliner anymore after this most recent loss. I mean, he did beat Kevin Lee 1 fight ago and Robbie Lawler a few fights before that it's not like he's a can, he's just not a future champ and has to settle into the gatekeeper role now. Cerrone's been a gatekeeper to the elite for years and has had a great career being top 10 but failing against potential champs the whole way while beating everyone else for the most part

0-1 card for me with the Hardy fade failing yet again. Please give him a big, technical striker next.

I know Francis Ngannou is fighting for the title next probably against he DC/Stipe winner but my god would I love to see him call out Greg Hardy and send him to the shadow realm. Idk who Hardy gets next but his loss is coming soon and it's going to be spectacular.

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Old Yesterday, 01:00 PM   #48857
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Francis Ngannou vs Greg Hardy would probably look like Francis Ngannou vs Derrick Lewis...BORING. However, if Francis Ngannou actually engaged him then he's one of the few top guys that Greg Hardy would have a good shot of beating this early in his career.

Completely disagree about James Vick. I'm not sure why you want to wait until he's in a life altering Chuck Liddell state before putting him out to pasture. When he gets punched in the head he tenses up into this weird mannequin-like state where he is standing straight up with his chin out ready to absorb multiple punches before making his next move (reminiscent of James Thompson). It's not a good look for a guy with a weak chin. I don't believe there is a known cure for that sort of awkwardness in the ring. Anytime you can predict a guy who hasn't taken a lot of damage in a fight is about to get knocked out there is a major problem.

If you match James Vick up against someone like Thibaul Gouti I believe what you'll see is that there is a high probability that Vick will get KTFO by a guy that is 1-5 in the UFC that doesn't even belong in the UFC. You're keep looking into the past with these guys and I'm looking into the future. Vick has a lot of skills but there is no real future for him in the UFC.

Rothwell could continue to beat low level guys for sure but is it really worth the damage he'll take and do we as fans even want to see it? I'm also wondering if his heart is really in it. If Oleneik wants to continue to fight at his advanced age he should go fight cans in Russia that he can submit easily. Even so, why wait until it's too late? Dude has a bazillion fights. Hang it up with some dignity.

BTW, I didn't even mention Vick fighting in the wrong weight division and who knows what kind of toll that is having on his body. James Vick has to be the heavy favorites for UFC fighter most likely to suffer a Corey Hill type broken leg in the Octagon (RIP Corey).
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Old Yesterday, 03:28 PM   #48858
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I bet on Vick but he doesn't doesn't seem to have learnt that you can't back up with your straight up.

Don't think he should retire but has been exposed against top level competition.

This next card doesn't look great for betting.

I have seen Edgar to win by decision at 9.0 which I am probably going to take. Don't see Edgar stopping Holloway but if he can implement some sort of grappling game he could snatch a decision.

Quite a lot of names I don't remember seeing fight so will try and watch some tape and find some value.

Was impressed with Viviane Araujo she has that Nunes like explosion which is super rare in female fighters but at 1.4 seems like the odds makers are not sleeping on her.
Davis is tough and decent on the ground, if she weathers the first round then she could tire Araujo.

Big fan of Geoff Neal but at 1.31 against a puncher like Price don't see much if any value.

Normally like to bet on underdogs but on this card I don't see many dogs that offer value.
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Old Yesterday, 09:53 PM   #48859
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Agree Vick should move up in weight. Also, this might sound weird talking about a professional cage fighter, but I don't know how mentally tough he is (relative to the guys he's competing against, at least, not comparing him to the general population.) Obviously stepping in the Octagon takes incredible balls, but I remember thinking when he fought Paul Felder that Paul Felder was an animal and just seemed to be fighting with a ferocity and an intensity that Vick just didn't seem to be capable of matching, and he always looks like he has poor / unconfident body language. He just doesn't seem like a guy who has the mindset of a winner. Obviously that's an anecdotal observation, but you do hear fighters talk all the time about how certain guys are monsters in the gym but just can't put it together on fight day, maybe Vick is one of those guys.
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Old Today, 10:00 AM   #48860
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lol Jon Jones again what a clown. It's just going to keep happening

We could start a pool - next Jon Jones drug test failure

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non-pulsing Turinabol since apparently pulsing levels are legal for him forever
Super Overeem Horse meat

Next Jon Jones arrest

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