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Old 01-21-2014, 01:07 PM   #21
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When Masvidal was pushing for the fight, I know some people sort of were arguing that.

For me, it's the fact that once you get outside of the top 8 guys in the division (Pettis, Bendo, Cerrone, RDA, Thomson, Gil, Khabib, Khabilov), the majority of the fights remaining are either organization depth between guys who will never get there or tests for prospects who may one day reach the top echelon.


That's why Masvidal vs Miller to me makes sense, it's a good fight between two solid guys who will never reach the top of the division.
I don't think I'm willing to throw Miller out of that group that you just mentioned. RDA has a nice streak going but his best win is Cerrone, who I would still group with Miller. Hell Nate Diaz beat the crap out of Cerrone. The verdict is still out for me on Thomson, he is a solid fighter no doubt but I'm gunna wait to group him with Pettis, Bendo and Gil (Even though he beat him) until after his fight on Saturday

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:51 PM   #22
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I don't think I'm willing to throw Miller out of that group that you just mentioned. RDA has a nice streak going but his best win is Cerrone, who I would still group with Miller. Hell Nate Diaz beat the crap out of Cerrone. The verdict is still out for me on Thomson, he is a solid fighter no doubt but I'm gunna wait to group him with Pettis, Bendo and Gil (Even though he beat him) until after his fight on Saturday

Every time Miller has had the opportunity to really gain traction, he's taken a step backwards and proven himself to be non-elite. It's hard to say Miller fits in the candidacy of the top of the division when he's gotten knocked back every time he gets close. Losses to guys like Gray Maynard, Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz and even Pat Healy suggest that Miller may simply grade out (fairly or unfairly) as the gatekeeper to the stars.


Now Cerrone is kind of the weak link in that group and I'd agree that he's probably more in Miller's tier of "guys who had their shot and didn't get there". I'd give him a nod over Miller simply because I think he's a better fighter on paper and their respective performances against similar opposition leads me to believe Cerrone is JUST over the cusp of the level.


IF you wish to remove Cerrone from that top 7 tier I'm cool with that

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