- 07/14/2011, 01:38AM ET
Clouis_39 said 07/14, 01:38 AM
Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz
GSP is undoubtedly the best welterweight on the planet, and Canada's most popular fighter. Diaz is the only top WW that GSP hasn't bested, and on top of that has probably the best style to beat GSP. Nick has the more powerful hands, GSP's has better technique standing. GSP has a stifling top game, but Diaz has one of the most dangerous guards at 170.
Eddie Alvarez vs Frankie Edgar
Fe is one of, if not the fastest and most exciting 55'ers on earth. Alvarez is fast too, and has beautifully technical and extremely powerful boxing as well as crushing low kicks. Either can take the other down, but neither are lay and pray guys, so this one should be fireworks in all facets.
Hatsu Hioki vs Kenny Florian
Hioki is easily the best 45 pound'er outside of the UFC, and KenFlo is the best non-Brazilians in the UFC. Both are technically proficient strikers, but the edge there would probably go to KenFlo. KenFlo has poor TDD though, and Hioki has the best guard passes in the division.
Chris Leben vs Robbie Lawler
Every good PPV has one, an all out slugfest. These guys are willing to throw down and a both still relevant.
DJRoxalot said 07/14, 03:37 AM
Good luck, Clouis. Sorry about letting the other TD die.
Jon "Bones" Jones vs Rashad Evans instead of Hioki-Florian.
Jones should fight (if he makes it past Rampage Jackson and I have my doubts about that) Evans who is still at the top of his game with a 15-1-1 record. Evans was scheduled to fight Rua for the title before he got hurt. And Jones stepped in and beat Rua for the title to become the youngest champion.
Chris Leben vs Michael Bisping
Give Leben a rematch with Bisping who already beat him via Unanimous Decision at UFC 89. Leben has won 4 of his last 5 and Bisping has 3 straight wins. Let these 2 guys step back in the ring vs each other and let the fireworks begin like it's the 4th of July.
Lawler is 11-6 and has lost 3 of his last 5. Leben and Bisping are fighting better at the moment and this rematch needs to be made.
Clouis_39 said 07/14, 08:16 AM
Bones vs Evans is a solid fight, but I think that Florian vs Hioki is more exciting for hardcore fans though.
I'll attack the Bisping over "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler more in depth though.
Bisping is coming off of three straight wins, but none of them were against top 10 opponents. In fact, Bisping hasn't beaten a top ten fighter ever. More importantly though, his style is just not exciting. He has shown in recent fights that when he gets lit up on his feet, he just wants to get takedowns and attempt to ride out a decision. He doesn't have the power to put away Leben either.
Lawler is 2-3 in his last five, but 2 of those losses came to top 5 fighters, with the other being a fight where he went up in weight to accommodate Babalu. And outside of that fight, all of his fights have been awesomely exciting fights that left people wanting more.
Bisping on the other hand has left something to be desired in all of his recent fights.
So, to sum up the difference between our picks of opponents for "The Cat Smasher" Chris Leben: If we are going to put Leben in there with a non-relevant 185'er, why not make it a fight that people are going to want to watch?
DJRoxalot said 07/14, 01:24 PM
"In fact, Bisping hasn't beaten a top 10 fighter ever."
Does that really matter in the big scheme of things? He is a top 10 fighter NOW, ranked 9th by fightmagazine.com as well as others.
While Lawler is hovering around the top 20 mark. Ranked 22nd currently.
"More importantly though, his style is just not exciting."
He scores points and wins fights. He has just 3 losses while Lawler has 7.
13 KO's and 4 submissions in 21 victories is boring? Please. The guy can strike and has a fairly good ground game.
Bisping withstood Leben in their 1st match so he can obviously take a shot. And we all know Leben can deal it out after taking out a legend that is past his prime in Wandy Silva.
Leben is ranked 10th. This is a battle between 2 guys who may want a title shot down the road.
Jones and Evans is a fight that would be very exciting. I know everybody is jumping all over this Jones cat and riding the bandwagon but Evans is also a very good wrestler and has an excellent ground game.
Jones has some questions surrounding wether he can take a shot. Evans can rely on his vast experience and give the kid a run for his money. This fight needs to be made
Clouis_39 said 07/14, 02:55 PM
FightMagazine having Lawler over 20 is poor. Sherdog, who's rankings are often accused of being Zuffa biased, has him between 10-13.
Whatever, it doesn't matter.
This fight isn't about finding a top title contender, as neither Bisping nor Leben are any less than 2-3 solid wins from a title shot.
This fight is about bringing entertainment, as both of our cards feature fights that , though exciting, could very likely all go to the cards. And Bisping-Leben isn't an exciting fight.
Bisping's last four fights have all gone to a decision, with the exception of the fight with Rivera, where he needed a low blow and an classless illegal knee to speed things along.
Lawler escaped multiple submission holds and beat Jake Shields up, before succumbing to a guillotine choke. He hurt Jacare badly in both of the first two rounds of their three round round battle, and had one of the most exciting comebacks of all time against Melvin Manhoef.
This TD is about building a great PPV card, not about making only relevant fights. And a terrific standup war between Lawler and Leben better fits that idea.
DJRoxalot said 07/14, 08:43 PM
Bones Jones vs Rashad Evans brings a lot of excitement to this card.
1 of the brightest stars in todays LH division in Bones vs the crafty old veteran in Evans. This fight has the makings of being a potential fight of the year.
Evans has been out of action since May 10, 2009 at UFC 114 but I think he comes back in impressive fashion. He will get his warmup fight with Tito Ortiz to prepare him for perhaps the biggest fight of his career with Jones.
With all the critics calling Jones the savior of the LH division and slobbing his knob, Evans will be able to prove he is still relevant in the LH division. I want to see this fight. If Jones makes it past Jackson first.
Bisping's last 4 fights have gone the distance. Maybe that is because he is adept at scoring points and winning the decision?
I know the blood thirsty crowd likes to see a good KO every now and again. But Bisping is no slouch when it comes to hitting people and just because his fights go the distance does not mean there is no action or anything.
He simply fights smarter, not harder.
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