Thoughts on Rockhold at 205? I think it will be incredible

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  1. The Professional

    The Professional Green Belt

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    as other posters have stated, i don't think it's his size but his overall performances the past few fights that are red flags

    he seems more flatfooted and slower (and a lot more open to shots) than the Rockhold of Strikeforce...age/weight cuts probably have a part in that, but as they saying goes you can't teach an old dog new tricks. (or at the very least it's rare) overall i dont see him improving his striking defense even if he moves up.

    that being said 205 is wide open with Cormier's impending retirement and move up to HW. Rockhold still has the skills to be top 5 in LHW, but his success is far from a sure thing.
     
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    His chin is what the problem is. It isn't glass like everyone says but isn't great and his defence in the pocket is shit.

    That fact alone makes mediocre fighters like Latifi, OSP, Blachowiz, Pedro, Gian, etc tough match ups for him.

    Though the Gian Villante fight would be a good one after he test runs his body at 205 vs Bisping.

    There is some backstory, thrashed his teammate Weidman. Will attempt to avenge him. Is a good fight for Luke to gauge how he is at 205.
     
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  3. Lo Pan

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    He will not have the success at 205 that he's had at 185
     
  4. TomTomNT

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    Why do people always think that when a fighter gets dominated in his division moving up or down will always solve the issue? Yes, in some cases its worked, but in the majority of cases it hasn't... Rockhold has a glass chin, moving to a division that hits harder wont help him... He was already faster then probably everyone in his current division, and if that speed didint help him dominate, i doubt it will in 205.....
     
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  5. sabretitan

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    I would never reply to you but ,starch .... nice kiddo lol
     
  6. HatchetHarry

    HatchetHarry Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    You were unimpressed with his performance against Machida and Weidman? Gtfo. Rockhold is exciting and a cool guy. You are just a sour Weidman fan.
     
  7. LongDongSilver

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    I just kept thinking he would get murdered over and over till THIS !!

    OSP is a great fight for him .. especially entry to LHW .. to be honest its a great fight for OSP as well after the choke out from Latiffi
     
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    Sexy ass ko faces coming to the lhw div.

    But seriously, I hope he cock blocks the whole division.
     
  9. cheesus

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    Have you seen Rumble lately ? He looks 250+, no chance he comes back at LHW.
     
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    uhhh he gonna get ktfo just like in middleweight, this time in a heavier, funnier fashion?
     
  11. aali14

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    Luke can lie to himself all he wants and blame everything on the weight cut, but the fact remains his defensive striking sucks and he has a glass chin.
     
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    UseARubberGuard Wrap it up

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    He's skilled, but all I can think about is his chin at LHW. lol.
     
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    It can potentially be a good move for him and I would be interested to see it.
     
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    His lack of head movement and footwork will make his move up to LHW a beautiful thing indeed, TS.
     
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    I can't stomach him but he has some of the best BJJ next to Damian Mai
     
  16. Stormtrooper85

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    Man fought at Welterweight. He can make 205
     
  17. MasterBeta

    MasterBeta The Supine Lupine

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    Would love to see him scrap with somebody fresh like Tyson Pedro. I think Tyson would lace him up but am happy to be proven wrong. Hard to gauge where he sits among 205ers until we have seen him a few times. I worry he is too flat footed (as somebody else mentioned) even at the bigger weight. Sure, he has elite GnP but his chin is suspect and that can't all be due to weight.
     
  18. A.S. Deep

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    He wants Gus, probably to leap frog the division, but Latifi would probably be an easier matchup. Still a hard matchup, though. We joke about LHW but guys like Gus and Latifi are no joke.
     
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    Not a Weidman fan by the way... I just think that if anybody touches his face he's unconscious... He plays too much trying not to get hit... And is almost never the aggressor on the feet
     

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