Nov 22nd 2010 2:20PM I meant to say that it ISN'T the death knell for Matt Hughes's career. Wish I could have just hit edit...
Nov 22nd 2010 2:15PM I usually like Fowlkes's articles, but this just has too much I disagree with. First of all, a knockout loss from a fired up BJ Penn in the death knell of Matt Hughes's career. He's still a top 10 WW, although obviously not as dominant as he once was. People are so quick to forget his destruction of Almeida. As for "least impressive in victory", I can certainly see why there is some disdain for Falcao's decreased aggression in the last round (shouldn't that be blamed on the guy who's losing the fight?). Nik Lentz was FAR LESS impressive in victory, though.
Nov 15th 2010 11:48AM While Penn can perhaps survive in the UFC even with a loss to Hughes, 3 losses in a row is a bad place for anyone to be in the UFC. That's not to mention that BJ's popularity is nowhere near that of Tito Ortiz.
Oct 28th 2010 9:46AM I don't care what card its on. If we get a Condit/Lytle match, Dana might as well write them a check for FotN the moment its signed. However, its a minor step down for Condit who could definitely be looking at a title shot after one more big win.
Sep 22nd 2010 11:19AM Mir - Cro Cop is done, and Mir is still a top guy.
Bader - Same reasoning as MDS.
Lytle - Much better standup and good enough to avoid subs on the ground.
Sherk - ...unless Sherk is way worse than we saw him last.
Guillard - More powerful and dynamic a striker than Stephens.
Sep 5th 2010 9:45AM First of all, Brown did much more poorly against Aldo than Faber. Also, Faber is a smaller guy (which is significant in P4P). Lastly, Brown's wins were both flukey (no way he catches Urijah with that punch most times in the first fight or Faber breaks his hand). In the end, Urijah has been a more dominant fighter for someone his size. Aldo and GSP ahead of Silva is just common sense. Neither GSP nor Aldo have had trouble with anyone for years. Silva has trouble with every wrestler he fights. That plus Sonnen still can't defend subs is the main lesson of UFC 117 for Silva.
Sep 4th 2010 12:50PM MDS's list isn't so terrible, really.
1. Georges St. Pierre - Other than a hiccup against Serra, he's been thoroughly dominant against every opponent for years, 2. Jose Aldo - He's in a less stacked division than GSP but just as dominant,3. Anderson Silva - Despite not being in the strongest division and showing a weakness to wrestling, he's still not been defeated in a LONG time,4. Fedor Emelianenko - 20 consecutive wins (many against solid opponents) should not be so easily forgotten,5. Dominick Cruz - Completely dominant in a fairly weak division,6. Jon Fitch - Easily one of the toughest opponents in the world to defeat. If not for GSP, he'd own the WW division in similar fashion,7. Mauricio Rua - The LHW division just can't keep a champ around. Rua's injuries may be his undoing, but he's earned this spot for now,8. Frankie Edgar - He just beat the #1 LW of all time twice. That's gotta be worth something,9. Brock Lesnar - Its a little early to have him higher, and he has a couple stern challenges still to come. Still, he merits this spot,10. Lyoto Machida - Embarrassed nearly every fighter he ever came across until Rua who just seems to have his number,11. Jake Shields - None of his opponents in a very long time have been able to stifle his extraordinary grappling,12. BJ Penn - Too inconsistent throughout his career to be listed higher, but when he's at his best he's brilliant, 13. Chael Sonnen - Weak to subs to this day but could beat any MW.
14. Rashad Evans - Great record but too many "barely" wins and a recent loss,15. Joseph Benavidez - Does indeed need a 125 lb. division to really shine...until that happens its hard to say,16. Gray Maynard - Best LW ever loses to Edgar who lost to this guy. MMA math is fun?17. Fabricio Werdum - Has a win over Fedor. Other than getting caught by Dos Santos, he's looked good against most of his opponents,18. Gilbert Melendez - Hasn't been able to get enough top competition but has been impressive against the guys he has fought,19. Jussier da Silva - Undefeated and dominant in a weak division,20. Urijah Faber - Outclassed by Aldo and unfortunate against Brown at 145, he should fare better at 135.
Aug 28th 2010 11:07PM Maynard proving once again that in current MMA if you have strong wrestling, you really don't need anything else...
Aug 28th 2010 7:29PM Actually, I believe that in their second fight GSP was approximately a 6-1 favorite.
Aug 28th 2010 1:59PM I don't like Davis at all from a betting perspective. He's not got as much power as Ben seems to think. He's more of a technical boxer than a power puncher. And the Diaz bros. are notorious for the amount of punishment they can take. Furthermore, Diaz is far better on the ground. Lastly, Davis seems to be on a serious decline lately.
I would also say Mario Miranda is a real dark horse in this match. He's got a very solid wrestling and BJJ background, and he was beating Gerald Harris up standing until he got caught. Plus, the strategy for beating Maia is pretty obvious at this point.