UFC 82 Rumors --- 3-1-08
- 01-02-2008, 02:45 PM
- 01-02-2008, 06:22 PM
- 01-02-2008, 07:19 PM
01-02-2008, 07:20 PM
i dont think its right that henderson can go title shot to title shot. he could at least beat some scrub frist, at least get a win in the octagon
01-02-2008, 07:20 PM
The fight with Hendo should be a good indicator of how Silva will do against Linland. I think Hendo is the better fighter and definitely has the better chin. Finishing Hendo will be a chore. I wonder how 25 minutes will play out for Anderson.
01-02-2008, 08:05 PM
01-02-2008, 08:28 PM
01-03-2008, 09:53 AM
01-03-2008, 03:45 PM
I like Hendo in this one. He's an amazing wrestler and at 185, he wont be as outsized as he has been previoulsy. We all know that one right hand and Silva goes to sleep, plus I see hendo on top if the fight goes to the ground. Dont get me wrong though, Silva's last few fights and complete domination of Rich was impressive as hell and I'd say he'll be the favorite with most people. I just think Dan could win this fight in several different ways and as noted above, his chin in great too.
01-03-2008, 04:07 PM
01-03-2008, 04:31 PM
01-03-2008, 04:37 PM
See unibrow Tavares in the background. That one dude sounds annoying as hell. Anyways, it's just sparring, but with a guy that hits pretty hard, especially against a MW. It's an indicator of what type of chin Anderson has. Anderson has a better chance of KOing Dan, than the opposite, but Dan might control him on the ground for the W.
01-03-2008, 04:55 PM
WTF is with the dude yelling nonsense? Anyway, damn Anderson was doing his little head dance and making Nog (who doesn't hit THAT hard) look bad at the beginnning.
01-03-2008, 05:08 PM
I know, I don't care if it was Junior Silva doing that annoying bantering, I would tell him to STFU. Yeah, Nog doesn't hit very hard, especially for a HW. He has stunned some guys with decent chins though, and I don't think he could hurt Anderson unless he was dead tired. I'm not saying that vid proved a damn thing, just a little tidbit.
02-15-2008, 08:32 PM
Only 2 weeks out, what do you guys think of some of these fights?
Anderson Silva vs Dan Henderson
Cheick Kongo vs Heath Herring
Jon Fitch vs Chris Wilson
Yushin Okami vs Evan Tanner
Chris Leben vs Alessio Sakara
Andrei Arlovski vs Jake O'brien
Josh Koscheck vs Dustin Hazelett
Diego Sanchez vs David Bielkheden
Luke Cummo vs Luigi Fioravanti
Jorge Gurgel vs John Halverson
02-15-2008, 10:07 PM
Cummo vs Fioravanti has major potential. Both guys have agressive standup. Remember when Cummo KO'd Josh "The Human Thai Pad" Haynes That was impressive considering Bisping couldn't KO Haynes, even though he was carrying an extra 35+lbs.
I'd like to see how Hazelett fares vs Kos. Hazelett is slick as hell on the ground and won't mind being on his back. I hope he catches Koscheck with a gogoplata from guard--I'm not joking.
Anything could happen in the main event. It may be one of the most competitive championship fight we've seen. Hendo could pose major problems for Anderson, but I hope Anderson pulls it out. Regardless, I think we'll see an absolute war. Anderson is so aggressive from his back that I think he'll prevent the dreaded LNP. Anderson does have crazy speed and versatility in his combos, so he could be the first man to stop Hendo with strikes. I can't wait.
I have thoughts on the rest of the fights too, but I'm too lazy to type it all out. Overall, I like the card. All matchups are interesting. Tanner vs. Okami may be as close as we'll ever see to one man fighting himself. I think Kongo takes out Herring. Sakara and Leben should be fun. Which Arlovski will show up? I don't think I have really seen AA vs. a wrestler. Does he KTFO Irish Jake, or will he be dry humped right out of the UFC.
02-15-2008, 10:41 PM
02-15-2008, 10:57 PM
02-16-2008, 11:56 AM
02-16-2008, 03:00 PM
O'brien sucks. He looked bad against Heath, but Heath looked 10 x worse to make it not so noticeable. AA should KO him by uppercut. If not, AA blows and needs to see GSP's sports shrink about his preception of his weak chin.
Excited about Okami-Tanner. I'll take Okami for being fresher, but hoprfully he won't for 2 rounds.
Hendo-Silva? No idea. There's really no one to compare to Silva that Hendo's fought. I'll make a choice later and then flip on my boy at the last minute
02-19-2008, 03:58 PM
Why hasn't AA been given a title shot? He beat Werdum, not very impressively, but he still beat the guy nonetheless. And Werdum defeated Gonzaga for the second time. AA should have been fighting Nogueira next!
02-19-2008, 04:02 PM
02-19-2008, 04:18 PM
Yeah, AA wants more money so he won't resign with the UFC so they won't give him a title fight or any publicity as a result.
02-19-2008, 04:31 PM
If Arlovski didn't look so good, he would be out of the UFC by now. He fights so cautiously and really hasn't done anything impressive in the last 2-3 years. I hope he goes to M-1 or Dream and gets smashed by Kharitonov.
02-20-2008, 08:44 AM
I could actually see 4 of 5 main event fights going the distance here, the exception being Leben vs. Sakara--though that too could go the distance. I neglected it before, b/c Sakara and Leben are probably C level fighters, but this could be entertaining as hell. Will Leben pull out another aesthetically repulsive KO? Will Sakara go A. Silva on his a$$? It'll be interesting how Sakara does in his first fight at MW, and he's with ATT, so hopefully he'll have a good plan.
02-20-2008, 09:31 AM
That sparring video was pretty impressive. Sounded like some make a wish kid got his wish to watch Anderson train.
02-20-2008, 02:14 PM
Alright, Dan - Silva, the first mega-fight of 08.
Here's my question: How much did the Lutter fight tell us about Anderson?
Anderson looked pretty beatable in that fight, getting taken down with ease, mounted and pounded. A stoppage would be possible with Dan mounting him and pounding him with his heavier hands. But was that just the after-effects of Andersons alleged knee surgery on both knees 3 months before the fight with Travis? He's looked different since. I think Nate tried a take-down and did very little. Franklin couldn't get much working either when he had Anderson down. It seems pretty clear that you don't want to stand back in the guard and risk getting those upkicks that are nasty. But if you get in Andersons closed guard, is he vulnerable to GnP or passing?
02-21-2008, 01:24 AM
If you watch the Lutter fight again, there was no real damage done at all. Those punches from mount weren't really landing, just out of reach, and Anderson looked like he could eat those little things all day. I think Anderson is dangerous as hell from his back, and that is why he doesn't fight the TD more. He's comfortable there. Come on...he subbed the Michael Jordan of BJJ, stopping Lutter's meteoric rise. (BTW, meteors fall to earth, they don't rise).
02-21-2008, 01:24 AM
02-21-2008, 01:36 AM
Yeah I agree that he wasn't taking any damage, but if someone with more power like Hendo throws some more power into them, he may get a ref stoppage (whether justified or not) for not defending adequately sort of like when Hughes had Penn crucifixed and wasn't hurting him that much.
Robdog, I really think Anderson's chin is that solid. I'm pretty sure that he took a full power left from Franklin and didn't flinch. Dan probably hits harder, but I don't know how much it will effect him.
02-21-2008, 01:52 AM
02-21-2008, 01:56 AM
Robdog, I really think Anderson's chin is that solid. I'm pretty sure that he took a full power left from Franklin and didn't flinch. Dan probably hits harder, but I don't know how much it will effect him.[/QUOTE
I am a fan of both fighters but I think Hendo will take this one. The biggest disparity in skill levels between the 2 fighters is in the wrestling department. Wrestling (especially takedown defense) is Anderson's one glaring weakness. As most people know, Hendo has wrestled at the olympic level. It is apparent that Silva has a big advantage over Hendo in the stand up, but not as big of an advantage as henderson has over silva in the wrestling. So on paper, the fight comes down to wrestling advantage vs. striking advantage, and MOST of the time wrestling>striking.
02-21-2008, 01:59 AM
02-21-2008, 02:20 AM
02-21-2008, 02:29 AM
02-21-2008, 03:04 AM
02-21-2008, 03:08 AM
Apparently you didn't catch the "both is not an option" part. I feel the same way you do, but for me Anderson's excitingness outweighs Hendo's career underdogness. And still.............
02-21-2008, 08:24 AM
Shame is my name, though I didn't realize I had used the same joke twice...and I don't care. Go play with your vajajay
How great would it be if you could kick a grounded opponent from your guard. No one would accept a fight with Anderson after what he did to Okami. That sh1t was crazy.
I will be pulling for Anderson, but this is too tough to call. I'm interested to see what the betting lines will look like. This is only 10 days away. I can't wait.
02-21-2008, 12:20 PM
Odds are already out man. Jas, I would take Alex's bet because thats better odds than what theyre giving in vegas. Money in the bank.
02-21-2008, 01:44 PM
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