Anyone Call This (WW Chaos of Last 8 Years)?

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  1. mkt

    mkt Gold Belt

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    It's New Year's Eve, 2011. Johnny Hendricks just KO'd Jon Fitch in 12 seconds. Rory McDonald is a rising WW--a GSP protégé with a 12-1 record. At that point in time, who would've thought:

    • A now 35-year old Hendricks is retired from MMA. He was last seen getting KO'd in a bareknuckle fight. To be fair, he had a clear prime (his only losses from 2011-2015 were 2 controversial SDs in title fights), but it came and went quickly.
    • Rory and 41-year old Fitch just had a draw in MMA's second-largest org, Strikeforce. Wait, no, SF folded in 2013. They fought in Bellator. Yes, young prospects Rory and Erick Silva are in Bellator, now run by Scott Coker (seriously)
    • Fitch left the UFC in 2013, went on a skid losing to Palhares and Josh Burkman (not a typo or a joke). Then he turns things around, beating Okami, Shields and Paul Daley before having a draw with the champ
    • Something resembling Rory's nose was last seen in 2015 during his rematch with Robbie Lawler
    • BenAskren is still around, annoying as ever. Despite his long feud with Dana, he's now in the UFC
     
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    Hendricks could have called this, all the cheeseburgers he inhaled after usada got to him gave him foresight.
     
  3. Sansnom

    Sansnom Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Meanwhile GSP remains undefeated since 07, won the MW belt and is now happily retired.

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    Zero proof that Hendricks had PED issues, but the IV ban of USADA sure hurt him. His lack of eating discipline was his demise.
     
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    Definitely thought Hendricks would go on a long run after Georges left.

    Thought Rory would be champ or a top3 for years and years.

    It's crazy how a couple of fights and/or drug testing can change things.
     
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    LOL, should've mentioned that. But Bisping being the MW champ and defending it against 46-year old Hendo and massive-layoffed GSP would sound like pure science fiction!
     
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    The PEDs he stopped using he gave to fitch.
     
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    Or Woodley, who around age 34-35 suddenly put on a bunch of muscle mass.
     
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    I hope his plummet was just from the IV ban. His eating habits are well documented so it's not a shock but his power dwindled heavily.

    He may have just been shot as an athlete. I was after high school, it's no joke keeping that pace, but he looked like such shit at the end, it does conjure speculation.
     
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