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Would Izzy have success with other fighters at 205lbs?

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  1. The Chosen Red Belt

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    Jan is just too big and carries too much power for Izzy to deal with, but could Adesanya defeat any of the other top LHWs? That division is like a shark tank of talented and powerful strikers, would Izzy want to take another dive in it? Prochazka, Reyes, Ankalaev, etc are tough matchups for him
     
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    Izzy vs Jiri would be insane, i'd pay to see that fight
     
  3. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    Izzy would do fine at LHW.

    He'd be competitive to say the least. He only lost to the champ and it's not like he was finished.
     
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    He would lose to The Huntington Beach Bad Boy Tito Ortiz.
     
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  5. Kingkiller White Belt

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    Imo no. He looked ok yesterday vs vettori, but then vetorri looked pretty bad.
     
  6. The Chosen Red Belt

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    he’s a very conservative fighter
     
  7. Stagliano Brown Belt

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    Izzy wouldn't even be top 20 in the LHW. I think that some top WW like Khabib, Khamzat or Nate could beat him too.
     
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    I'll take the bait:
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  9. Ironnik94 Silver Belt

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    Who knows.

    I think Izzy's (small) size could become very problematic, especially since 205ers of today are often quite big.

    After all, Izzy barely cuts weight for 185.
     
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    I think Jiri mauls Izzy.
     
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    There's a reason Izzy fights at MW.
    I think these new breeds of LHWs are too big for Izzy. The division has gotten a whole lot bigger since the likes of Machida, Shogun, Rashad and 'em. Pretty much small HWs coming to LHW now.
     
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  12. Sir Punchalot Silver Belt

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    I don't like his frame for 205 at all. Just like I've always said that Jon Jones would not be nearly as successful at HW as he was at 205. Size matters, and at this level of the game it matters a lot. And Jones and Adesanya simply aren't built for heavier weight divisions. It's simply a stupid idea. Could Izzy beat some guys at 205? Yes, of course he could. But why be mediocre at 205 when you can be great at 185? Plus, you just increase the risk of starting to slur your words at some point. Look at James Toney.
     
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    Adesanya would MURKED by the top 12
     
  14. C0NCH3TO Gold Belt

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    No. Not everybody can move up and succeed there. Many more times than not, fighters will hit a wall when moving up permanently or for 2 + fights.

    Israel gets spanked at LHW. That doesn’t mean he sucks, most guys out there would struggle a division 20+lbs above. There comes a point where skills can’t make up for power and size.
     
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    All good points. And as regards Jon Jones, he is taking the time to up his size. Izzy would have to do the same, assuming it will work for Jon Jones.
     
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    For me it's 50/50 against Jiri, underdog against Ankalaev, underdog vs Jan II, favorite against anyone else.
     
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    Dude is tiny even for MW. LHWs are literally 30-40 lbs bigger.
     
  18. Tokoloko Czech MMA on the rise!

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    I dont think so, atleast not untill he bulks up.

    Jiri is actually capable of making 185. So there is real chance that we will see their "superfight" in future.
     
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    People acting like Jan destroyed Izzy ....3-2 Jan and it all came down to the fifth round
     
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    This is accurate
     
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