Originally Posted by PaulRFC53
Fedor has so many fanboys so its no surprise to see most are going with him but failing to break down the fight.
Realistically tho, JDS is a bad match up for Fedor. JDS has great takedown defence, great hands, great chin and a he is fast and powerful. Cain really struggled to take him down so his strategy revolved around setting a ridiculous pace and pinning him against the cage to tire him; something Fedor wouldn't be able to do.
This fight would more than likely take place on the feet because Fedor would be unable to take him down and keep him there and that is a bad place to be against JDS.
You think because JDS is good at defending single legs that that is what is great takedown defense against a guy who almost solely takes people down from the clinch?
These things you describe are so abstract and generic that it makes me wonder if you even watched Fedor fight before. So much assumptions and no real facts.
Let me show you why most people think Fedor would beat him, and it's not because we're "fanboys".
JDS is great at spinning out of singles and uses his side stance to force people to shoot them. Unfortunately for him Fedor uses body clinch takedowns and trips to get people down.
Cain really struggled to take him down because he didn't setup any of his takedowns with his strikes, because he knew if he started off striking JDS would've timed him and looked to land a KO punch on him. Cain used his takedown attempts to get into JDS' head.
Fedor can set a pretty high pace himself because he did something very similar to what Cain did, to CroCop but he did it without looking as amateurish as Cain did against a guy who had way more tools then JDS has. I know, some people will point out how I said Cain was amateurish and jump in to hate on me because Cain is their hero, but these are facts. He literally flopped on his belly after COMPLETELY missing a takedown in the 2nd fight. I've NEVER seen that in an MMA fight, and especially a title fight.
I doubt Fedor would struggle to take JDS down because he wouldn't hesitate to strike with him in the beginning, where he has much better head movement and counter punching ability then Cain does. If JDS was confused by the initial takedown spam by Cain that largely was ineffective at getting him to the ground and was unable to counter or capitalize on a guy who's making it no secret he's just going to spam takedowns, imagine how confused JDS is going to be when one of Fedor's best punches (right handed casting punch) looks EXACTLY like a clinch attempt.
If the fight goes passed rd 1 JDS is in even bigger trouble. We're talking about a guy who hits so hard that he shattered both of Heath Herring's cheekbones within the 1st 10 minutes of the fight. Cain needed 5 rds to make JDS' face all swollen but no real bone shattering or grotesquely gigantic cuts were opened, I'd put money on that Fedor would have had the fight stopped by a doctor after 3 rds.
Cain is no doubt the best HW there is today, and JDS is 2nd fiddle, but they both aren't the best HWs ever.