Originally Posted by moreorless87
Davis depends almost totally on the threat of the takedown to be competitive with guys who have quality standup, Rumble shut him down so easily he had nothing left standing and had to fight defensively to avoid getting KOed.
I think your underselling Rumbles standup which whilst not free of holes has looked very dangerous recently. I'm a big Lil Nog fan but I do think a big factor here will be his speed/reactions, jabbing a win vs Rashad is one thing but does he still have the ability to avoid the big shots of someone really dangerous as he did vs guys like Shogun/Hendo/Overeem back in the day? an early Rumble KO is IMHO a definite possibility.
Vitor/Rumble is something worth mentioning when it comes to cardio and sub defence, perhaps mental toughness as well. If taking Lil Nog down is a danger for him that obviously has an effect on the fight plus we've not really seen him seriously tested since the move up to HW/LHW in either cardio or heart. If we see a real back and forth standup war I wouldn't be shocked to see Rumble fade either physically or mentally and get finished.
Davis is a wrestler not a fighter, he was scared of rumble just like he was scared of rashad. Mentally he was never in either of those fights.
Had Davis fought rumble or rashad with the same mindset that he had when he faced nog he may have beaten both of them.
Nog isn't scared of anyone, unless his age as truly caught up with him (big possibility) he'll dominate rumble just like he did overeem back in the day.