MMA  > General MMA  > Upcoming UFC WW tournament
June 14, 2012, 02:45 PM
It's been a bit dead in here so I thought I'd get some input into the unofficial tournament and the fighters involved.

Both Carlos Condit and Johnny Hendricks deserve to fight GSP for the belt and now Kampmann has his name thrown into the hat as well. I can't remember a champion getting hurt and causing such a backlog of talented, deserving contenders. I know people will bring up the 205-ers but there is a clear division in the talent level unlike the welterweights where I think everyone is a bit closer in talent. So early next year, who out of the 4 fighters is wearing the WW strap and why?
June 14, 2012  02:55 PM ET

Kampmann should rematch Shields first.....he lost in Shields UFC debut but it was an iffy decision...that would alleviate SOME of the backlog for a time...

June 14, 2012  02:57 PM ET

Kampmann should rematch Shields first.....he lost in Shields UFC debut but it was an iffy decision...that would alleviate SOME of the backlog for a time...

June 14, 2012  03:11 PM ET

I see your point but I'm afraid if he beats Kampmann, then Shields would be clamoring to get into this backlog at the top, which would suck royally. I don't wan't a lay and pray wrestler getting involved in what should be a great set of fights. Although I almost wouldn't mind seeing Hendricks do to Shields what he did to his clone, Jon Fitch.

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June 14, 2012  03:54 PM ET

I agree with you but I'm curious about GSP's knee. I wonder if he'll have the same speed and power in his shot. We all know that The Beard has gunpowder in his hands and if GSP is a split-second too slow in the early rounds, we'll have a remake of the whole Matt Serra incident. In all honesty though, I've never torn an ACL so I'm only speculating on his recovery.

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June 14, 2012  04:50 PM ET
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It seems most athletes in other sports it takes them a full year to hit their stride after tearing an ACL, so I do agree with you about that. But GSP works so god damn hard, and is a well conditioned athlete, so I think this first fight, he might be a tad rusty but after that I think he'll be fine.I honesty don't see him having an issue taking Condit down and keeping him down.Hendricks poses more problems IMO, but I think GSP keeps it standing, and utilizes his jab until late 2nd to 3rd round, then mixes his takedowns in.And I'm not a big fan of GSP at all, its jut what I think happens.

I hear you. Fan or not, everyone has to acknowledge that the guy is a machine and has not one weak area to exploit. I personally like watching him fight, especially when he genuinely dislikes his opponent like he did with Kos. When GSP gets mad and decides to hurt you, he is nasty, kinda like Andersonn. I mean GSP broke Kos for a year lol. I wanted to see what he'd do to Diaz.

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June 14, 2012  05:06 PM ET

I think it's a means to an end. I mean yes, he's grinding out decisions but one look at Kos and Fitch afterwards and it's apparent that he's not playing patty cake in there. You think he'll ever get back in the habit of finishing again or has Greg Jackson gotten to him permanently?

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