Bendo/Cerrone- Who has more to lose?

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  1. Foolish

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    This is a fight that I was both ecstatic and terrified to hear was being made. I am a fan of both fighters (Though I lean more Bendo) and feel both have done a tremendous amount for the UFC even despite the criticisms of Bendo's style.

    So with that being said, this is a worrying fight in terms of rankings for both guys. Cerrone has lost to both Dos Anjos and Pettis, and recently or viciously enough that a rematch would be a tough sell at best. A loss to Bendo would mean he would have lost to the top 3 lightweights in the company, and honestly I would have a hard time picking cowboy against Gil. This could be Cerrone's last title eliminator if he loses decisively.

    Bendo on the other hand is a former champion whose only two losses in the UFC are currently in a fight for the belt. However Bendo has also been heavily criticized for not finishing and fighting too safely, despite finishing Khalibov. What's worse is both his losses came by being finished. A loss to Cerrone combined with the fears about his style could mean Bendo is pushed away from the title (barring injuries)

    So in terms of ranking and ever getting a chance to wear the UFC belt (again) either guy could be pushed into a gatekeeper with a loss until the division sorts itself out, and by then it could be too late. In your opinion, who would be in a worse position with a loss?
     
  2. FleXS

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    You realize that Cerrone has 6 victories after a decision loss to dos anjos and a victory before that then his body shot loss to pettis
    Bendo on the other hand does have recent vicious loss to dos anjos (KO) and pettis (submission)

    I think you messed up the two when typing
     
  3. deviake

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    Hard to say. It depends a lot on how the fight goes as well.

    Thinking about it, I'd say Cerrone has more to lose. He has already fought Henderson twice and lost both times, whereas if Henderson loses, it's only one loss to Cowboy and he'd still be able to work his way back up.
     
  4. Git rekt

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    considering Cerrone is on a six fight winstreak and doesn't give a damn about the title shot, I say Bendo. He's coming off a loss so he's already looking bad and he probably actually wants the Belt. Cerrone is in no danger of being Cut anytime soon if he keeps up his 4 fights a year even with a loss or two inbetween. Not saying Bendo would get cut for a loss but it would bring him closer than if cerrone were to lose.

    On the other hand if cerrone loses he just goes back to being Gatekeeper and (hopefully) fighting 4 times a year and filling those seats, and going for those fight Bonus's

    Bendo definitely needs this more than cerrone.
     
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  5. dildos

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    cerrone has more to lose i guess.

    riding a 6 fight win streak into this fight, he would definitely get a shot with a win over bendo here. a loss here will make him have to rack up a few more wins again to get back into title contention.

    bendo coming of a loss in his last fight, i see with another loss here he would be knocked down to round 7-10 rankings. even with a win over cerrone i think he would need another win to get another shot at pettis. but still bendo can always lose this fight, then get matched with another top 5 opponent and be straight into the mix.

    bottom line, bendo is always one big win away from a shot at the belt. cerrone would have to grind out more wins again.
     
  6. TBMMA09

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    I think bendo definitey has more to lose. Cerrone coming of a week layoff to me is more of a disadvantage. Plus hendo really doesn't need back to back losses. I don't think cerrone will lose as much stock with a loss as bendo will. That being said.. Cerrone is at risk of losing 3 fights against henderson
     
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    Benson has more to lose. He was previous champ and hangs in the top 5 by split decisions over Thomson/Melendez. Losing here would accentuate the 1st round defeats to Pettis/Dos Anjos and negate optimism in facing either one again.

    Cerrone is a fan-favorite and fights so often that losing stalls him temporarily.. short notice fight, 6 win streak. No matter what, his next fight will be another top fighter.

    Cerrone's on the short list of celebrity ufc fighters who get special treatment. I think we all know how much this lends to opportunity, especially for path to contendership.. Win or lose, the guy is safe.
     
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    Benson is on a two fight skid. One more loss they might 're-evaluate him. Cerrone has been on a 6 fight win streak. Will throw down any time and any where. They both had crappy time to train for each other. I believe if Benson loses he may get cut or be on the cusp. Cerrone however will pick himself back up and get in line again. I have cerrone taking it btw.
     
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    RDA loss is recent but Cerrone lost 3 days before Ben lost to Pettis. So to call Pettis' Win over Bendo recent, and not RDA 's win over Cerrone shows your biased.
     
  10. Billthebutcher2

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    Bendo does. Cerrone is a fan favorite, very exciting fighter, who is on a big win streak, and is taking this fight on very short notice, which the company loves. Bendo is coming off a KO loss, plus he lost convincingly to the champ not that long ago, and has won a series of fights dating back to his Edgar battles that most observers feel he lost. He loses this it sets him back pretty badly. Cerrone loses this he barely gets hurt from it because it was so short notice and he's one of the most exciting fighters and personas in the sport.

    Guys like Cerrone are favorites with the brass and they want them to win because it makes their jobs easier, Bendo not so much. So fairly or not, Cerrone will always only be a win or two out of contention as long as he can remain a top level fighter. Bendo is the kind of fighter who could end up like Shields, Okami, or Fitch if he isn't careful.
     
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    Cerrone

    Nobody ever cared about Bendo really
     
  12. FleXS

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    record wise....cerrones loss isnt as recent... cmon now
     
  13. KeepItRealist

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    Benson without question.

    The reality is that Pettis is so inactive and injury prone that waiting around for a title shot is not what they should be focused on anyway. Win or lose, Cerrone is probably in the same position. 2-3 fights away from a title shot. And he'll take them regardless of a win or loss. Benson will want the shot right away and maybe fight one more time while he waits for god knows how long.

    Remember, Cerrone didn't know for months when Pettis was going to be ready to fight before they met in 2013. Cerrone fought in August against Guillard and didn't know until November when he would fight Pettis and then it wasn't certain. That to me is bullshit. A fighter who maintains his momentum by staying active having to wait on the shelf for almost six months. If he beats Benson, he needs to keep fighting every few months and not sit around and hope for Pettis to stay healthy like he did before their first fight.
     
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    What he said ^. And Bendo DID lose to Frankie Edgar in the second fight but the Casino's rigged the decision.

    Cerrone can lose and win 3 in a row in 2015 and get a title shot in 2016. The field is wide open after Dos Anjos and The Eagle. After those two there's not much competition for title shots.
     
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    Shocking enough it's Cowboy that has the most to lose. I'd say 6 months ago it would be bendo. 6 months go Henderson was the entrenched #1 gate keeper to a title shot. Only having lost to the current UFC champ. Now that streak is over. With another loss, and Hendersons fighting style I could see the UFC brass making a case to give Henderson his walking papers.

    Cowboy has all of the momentum and is making a case for a title shot. A lot can happen in 6 months.
     
  16. Capt Lunatic

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    So you're saying that even though a loss may result in Bendo being fired, Cowboy has more to lose?

    I say it's Henderson. He cares about the title...Cowboy just wants to make money. He losses and he'll fight again in two months.
     
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    Bendo, if Cerrone loses, it doesn't matter, he'll be riding on another 4 fight winning streak by end of 2015.
     
  18. Joonbugg

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    Bendo easily has more to lose. Cowboy doesnt really care about the belt, he just wants as many fights as possible, is super entertaining (as long as the other guy comes to fight), so he will probably end up with more UFC fights than anybody by the time he is all done. Probably wont ever hold the belt but he fights OFTEN and has tons of fans. Bendo is dropping down the ladder and has never been as popular as Cowboy with the fans even while he was champion.
     
  19. Git rekt

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    Cowboy couldnt give a damn about a title shot though, he just wants to fight and make money. and unlike alot of the UFC roster, with him fighting 4 times a year, He can actually make a decent living. Hes already stated he isnt going to wait around for the title shot and keep taking fights inbetween even if he does become the next up.

    Benson however Hasn't been looking so pretty and lets face it very people can match the amount of fights cerrones been taking. Benson really needs this, or he might have to start looking into a new career. a loss might not get him cut, but It'll definitely be on the table for his next fight after.
     
  20. FastTracker

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    Bendo, because one more loss and he can say goodbye to another title shot for years. Cerrone doesn't give a fuck about the title, he just wants money and that why he keeps fighting anyone at anytime, because he can't live the way he lives without those paychecks.
     

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