Vote for your pick for the winner of the OWGP. Let's see what the collective wisdom of AM says...
I'm choosing Wandy to win, but I'm pulling for Mirko. I can't wait for that rematch!Originally Posted by jas123
I chose Nog. His boxing is good, he can take a hell of a beating and is great at slowing down intense strikers. All that and there's nobody in the world better on the ground than he is.
It's hard not to pick him to win. He is one tough SOB. This weekend I saw his fight with with Bob Sapp for the first time. It's damn near impossible to put Nog away.Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
Had to go with Nog. I hope it's not Cro-cop/Barnett in the finals. Ideally I'd like to see Silva/Nog in the finals, and Silva winning. I don't see that happening so I'm taking Nog. I can't f*cking wait, potential to be the best card ever.
Who are you taking Jas?Originally Posted by jas123
He picked Wandy.
Ah Rogue, you're taking Barnett. Probably a good pick. If Nog gets him on his back he may be in trouble though.
Yeah, I picked Wandy because of his heart and his cardio, but I'm starting to change my mind and probably will continue to until it happens. Barnett or Nog might be wiser choices since they both will probably be in better shape than CC or Wandy after their first fight.
For the Nog/Barnett fight, I think Nog will have a lot of trouble taking him down. Do you guys think Barnett will try to stand with Nog and hope to win a decision? I've always thought Nog's boxing was a bit overrated.
Here are the results from Pride's site:
1. Wanderlei Silva 2,819
2. Mirko Crocop 2,804
3. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 1,559
4. Josh Barnett 889
Pretty close between Silva and Crocop, I'll take Crocop as the winner.
You're right, I think Nog will have a lot of trouble taking Barnett down. If he can out work Barnett and get a takedown late Barnett may be in trouble. Like you my heart is with Wandy, I'd love to see him and Fedor go at it on NYE. It will be a bit painful to see Wandy get dominated, but hey anything is possible.Originally Posted by jas123
It is very hard for me not to pick Wandy, but I think that Barnett will beat Nog by decision and then beat Wandy by decision. Of course, Crocop may just KTFO of everyone.
I hope somebody has jumped on this! I got in on the action about a week ago and my computer has not been turned off since then. Thanks again for the invite RD.Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
Anyway, I totally forgot to take into account multiple fights in one night for two of the fighters. Gosh, what was I thinking! I'm still going to stick to my pick with Wandy, but I think Nog looks better in hindsite.
Here's some pics of Wandy and Nog after they arrived in Japan. Nog looks thinner than 244 this time. Silva's a beast, but he just doesn't look right with hair.
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Very true; with hair he looks goofy, but without he looks like a madman. Plus you can't see the tat on the back of his head.Originally Posted by jas123
Honestly, I can see each one of these guys winning but since I am forced to choose, I went with Barnett.
The "Wandy nuthuggers" are out in force
This will definitely be interesting. I wonder how Silva will deal with either of the big, strong submission specialists.
I wouldn't exactly call Barnett a submission specialist, but his size will be a problem for Wandy. I think the only way that Barnett will win the GP is by decisions.Originally Posted by Beowulf
I'm actually a Cro Cop fan...but I'm also a realist.Originally Posted by Beowulf
I hope it doesn't come to that. I don't want to see Barnett in the final round. Maybe I'm just biased b/c I'm a long time Couture fan...that and I really do like the other three fighters a lot.Originally Posted by Rodja
I actually really like Barnett and I think that he is being overlooked in the GP. He has a great persona for MMA and he is not a LnP fighter. I just don't think that he has the subs or power to catch Nog, Crocop, or Wandy for a (T)KO or a sub.Originally Posted by stxnas