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Old 12-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #61

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His chin is horrible. Hell no

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:04 PM   #62
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Sure, he's like 27/28 years old and improving, even in defeat. I for one wouldn't be surprised if he contends or wears the strap by the time he's 31.

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #63

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Ive always liked him, and think he could have still fought on in the Varner fight but whatever.

He has arguably the greatest kick KO in the UFC and is young with plenty of room to grow.

Rory got KOd by Condit and people were still on his nuts about being mini GSP. Now look at him, almost kicked to the kerb by his bandwaggoners who jumped on the Lawler express.

Point is, you can predict anything you want about fighters, but when anything can happen in MMA - predictions are often flukes and not worthy of "i told you so"

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #64

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I hope so. I was impressed with this last fight he was hurt in the 1st and by rd.2 you couldn't even tell. I really like watching him fight

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:42 PM   #65

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No one would have guessed that Chael Sonnen would challenge for 3 ufc titles after he almost had an arm torn off by Babalu, or the Filho debacle. But fighters can still develop late in their career. I'm not saying he will cause Chael is a minority, but there's still a chance he can put it together to become a true contender. He's still 13-1 at 27 years old after all, not like he's been getting bested at every angle.

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Old 12-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #66

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I didn't think he was contender but I still believe he has the potential to be a contender. He has serious problems with wrestlers who have good hands. If he ever corrects that he can be a contender imo

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Old 12-18-2013, 01:14 AM   #67
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Definitely a future contender.

Anyone who has such a devastating weapon in the striking department and is great at fending off takedowns has top 5 in the division potential. As Rozwell said, his striking defense is totally correctable with dedication and discipline in the gym.

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:54 AM   #68

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Probably not a champ but a potential nightmare for most.

I'd like to see him work in knees/clinch techniques to his game.

He's a strong 155'er with good TDD and given the size of his legs and velocity at which he can throw them, i dare say his knees would wreck dudes.

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:56 AM   #69

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Eh you never know, he has excellent striking. If he can develop a little more movement into his stand up he would be top 5 for sure.

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