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Old 02-02-2013, 10:37 PM   #31
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you could say the same thing for any fighter from MW getting outmuscled by LHWs and dropping to Mw and having success

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:37 PM   #32
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Here we go again. He'll get his shot and then GSP will maul him.
sure he will. sure he will.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:38 PM   #33
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i think he got carried away thinking he was a striker for a bit, as many do. truth is he has heavy hands when he gets a guy on the ground, and that opens a lot of opportunities, kinda like bj penn. I was a bit surprised how he handled fitch, and that performance certainly makes him a gsp threat, though I assume gsp handles him lke he handles everyone else.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:39 PM   #34
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As a last minute injury replacement.

Highest he got at MW was #6. He was definitely a solid top 10 but never a top contender.
so you're saying a guy that was top 10 at one division, moved down to a weight class with smaller guys and is a top 10 fighter at the division???


HOLY SHIT!!!


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Old 02-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #35
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you could say the same thing for any fighter from MW getting outmuscled by LHWs and dropping to Mw and having success
But you (yes, you) use that to claim that MW is weak. So then by that same logic that proves that WW is weaker.


OR

It simply means that certain fighters are better fighting at certain weights, and that the very first weight class they fight in might not be the right fit for them. And that individual fights don't really have much of a bearing on the strengths of divisions as a whole relative to each other.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #36
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I suspect the reason Maia went to striking more at MW near the end because he was having trouble outpointing them on the ground. He either had to submit them, or spend more time dodging takedowns, which were the deciding factor in some of his close losses at that weight.

Also, I think he ha simply become better at enforcing his gameplan.

Sometimes guys just get better.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #37
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i think he got carried away thinking he was a striker for a bit, as many do. truth is he has heavy hands when he gets a guy on the ground, and that opens a lot of opportunities, kinda like bj penn. I was a bit surprised how he handled fitch, and that performance certainly makes him a gsp threat, though I assume gsp handles him lke he handles everyone else.
As much as I hate how much people overrate it(WW), GSP is a different animal. His defense to shots are impeccable, and I'd expect him to bring in a world class Judo player and Greco wrestler to prepare for the possibility of the clinch. His ground game has been worked on by some of the best. Roger Gracie and Braulio Estima.

GSP wins against Maia. If he lost I'd be surprised.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:43 PM   #38
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stupid thread is stupid.

Maia's start at MW looked exactly the same except he finished Sonnet.

It was only once Maia was consistently fighting top MW's and he fought some with elite tds or KO power he struggled for consistency.

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so you're saying a guy that was top 10 at one division, moved down to a weight class with smaller guys and is a top 10 fighter at the division???


HOLY SHIT!!!

Well, he's clearly top 5 at WW now, but aside from that correction that is exactly what I'm saying. Congratulations on your astute reading comprehension.

Not sure why you got so butthurt at me clarifying your statement with relevant facts.

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Maia and now Robbie Lawler. Where are all those Middleweight haters now?

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