"Dragon" Machida vs "Sugar" Evans @ AM - the UFC 98 thread
- 04-19-2009, 03:33 PM
"Dragon" Machida vs "Sugar" Evans @ AM - the UFC 98 thread
Still having to digest that we saw the iceman falleth @ UFC 97, so to speak, I'm opening this thread to focus on what I consider a must-see: two incredibly gifted LHWs at the absolute top of their game, both basically unbeaten, will collide.
Let's collect hype, impressions and predictions here.
I find the outcome impossible to call in advance, but root for Machida as he represents the "Arts" part in Martial Arts like no other fighter in that weight class.
Evans is a naturally strong athlete, I believe he has a slight advantage from a pure strength and maybe even general conditioning standpoint.
- 04-19-2009, 03:51 PM
I'm still digesting that incredibly boring "main event" Silva...uhm...dance.
I vote Machida to win, and cheer for him for the "Arts" factor as well. Should be an exciting match.
- 04-20-2009, 02:13 PM
04-20-2009, 07:09 PM
I am for Machida! Not too crazy about Evans being Champion. He barely beat Griffith who barely beat Page (THE REAL CHAMPION) I ackknowledge Evans is pretty good but I don't feel good enough to be champ. He will have to prove himself in this fight to deserve that belt.
I'd really love to see a true artist take and retain this belt. I feel a sense of comaraderie as I too have a background in Karate and Machida's father or was ( not sure which) a Karate Master. Shotokan I believe.
04-20-2009, 07:38 PM
evans all the way, machida is too boring, atleast evans brings some spice into the fight, machida would be the most boring champ in history, plus evans vs rampage is way more interesting than rampage vs the dragon
04-20-2009, 10:08 PM
I do not want Machida as champ. After the Spider fight I have had more than enough with this non confrontational type of fighter. Machida would be elusive as hell if he were a champ.
Not a big Evans fan either but I hope he wins.
04-21-2009, 03:23 AM
04-21-2009, 04:13 AM
It will be interesting.
I would like to see lyoto winning simply because i cant stand sugar as a person; but you cant count him out of anything.
I think on the feet it will be pretty even, i dont think Sugar is going to have the chance to unload those power punches hes been displaying though.
I predict Sugar will take him down, dirty box him and win the decision.
My heart sakes 3rd round tko for the dragon.
04-21-2009, 04:35 AM
Rashad barely beat Forrest? Did you watch that fight at all? He pummelled poor Forrest, so bad in fact, Forrest's hands were tapping just from the beating.
With that said, Machida by long UD
04-21-2009, 08:57 AM
hoping for Evans to win. I think alot of people discredit him and try to use his personality against him. I'm sure alot of his "attitude" is all promotion fluffing.
04-21-2009, 12:12 PM
Its probably promotional but it doesn't seem consistent. He's all smiley guy at the press confrences and interviews and then goes for the **** grab after forrest clocks him. I'm not saying he's not a badass but it just seems like Quinton, Nick Diaz, Thiago Silva all pull it off better. Like maybe they aren't just doing it as an act.
just my opinion.
04-21-2009, 12:21 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
04-21-2009, 12:34 PM
Maybe he is just a teddy bear, but I'd still be intimidated bumping into him at night on the street.
Yeah all opinions aside on either opponent its going to be the type of fight people enjoy most (crossing my fingers anyway). I don't think I'll regret paying money for this one.
04-21-2009, 12:37 PM
04-21-2009, 01:02 PM
I am cheering for Rashad, both personally and practically. In my opinion, such a high belt turnover is not good for the sport as a whole: it is difficult to build anticipation for title fights when the belt is constantly being recycled every two months. It will also be even more infuriating to hear no less than three people yammering about getting "their belt" back.
It was frustrating enough to hear Chuck complain about getting "his" belt back after two years and two post-Chuck belt changes. I shudder to think of Rashad, 'Page and Forrest all saying the same thing.
04-21-2009, 02:35 PM
I think that whoever wins this will be difficult to dethrone. Both are quite elusive and offer a great deal at 205. Rampage or anybody else at 205 will find it difficult ot beat them.
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04-21-2009, 05:08 PM
Imagine the 185 and 205 lbs champions not being able to articulate themselves in english.
From a marketing standpoint, that's a nightmare for the UFC.
I'm sure Dana is rooting for Sugar.
04-21-2009, 05:30 PM
you know what i was thinking. Tito's last 3 fights has been Evans, Griffin, Machida. Is this right. Just a thought, sorry for being off topic.
04-21-2009, 08:20 PM
04-21-2009, 08:21 PM
04-21-2009, 10:31 PM
Evans in a 5 round snooze-fest. (Lets hope I just jinxed it.)
It's hard to concentrate when I can hear your thoughts.
04-22-2009, 01:54 PM
I think Evans athleticism, speed, power will cover enough ground to put Machida's defense away and put him away as well.
Who knows, I rather see Evans vs Page though rather than Machida vs Page.
04-22-2009, 03:07 PM
This is really a tough one to pick. Evans last 2 fights have been won on his defense...his ability to retreat and to pick apart his opponent, which is weird because Machida's striking game is one where he picks and chooses his shots. I think Evans will be the aggressor and it will play into Machida's game plan.
If its a ground game I like Evans wrestling or Machida's jitz. If its stand up I like Machida.
04-22-2009, 05:01 PM
This comes off paradoxical, but I think Page has a better chance against Evans, then he does against Machida, so my sole reason for wanting an Evans victory is to benefit Rampage. However, I feel Machida will win.
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04-23-2009, 08:25 AM
I like Machida, but I see Evans overwhelming him with his athleticism. He's got one of the fastest hands in the UFC and packs alot of power. His wrestling vs. Machidas jiu-hitsu will present an interesting match up.
Rooting for: Machida
Most likely to win: Evans
Sorry folks :[
04-23-2009, 01:41 PM
04-24-2009, 05:32 AM
04-24-2009, 07:21 PM
04-27-2009, 01:47 PM
04-29-2009, 08:00 PM
Sorry, just watched the fight again and to me it was clear Forrest was winning that fight until Rashad caught his kick & took him down. I wasn't very excited on having Forrest as champ anyway but to me he was winning.
But winning and finishing are 2 different things aren't they?
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