Coleman Injured off UFC 87 Card...In comes GSP vs. Fitch
- 05-22-2008, 07:43 PM
Coleman Injured off UFC 87 Card...In comes GSP vs. Fitch
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s initial trip to Minnesota on August 9th just got bigger with today’s signing of the UFC Welterweight Title bout between Champion Georges St-Pierre and number one contender Jon Fitch, which will headline the UFC 87 card at Target Center.
It will be St-Pierre’s first bout since he regained his crown from Matt Serra at UFC 83 on April 19th. In Fitch, he will be facing a former Division I wrestler who has won eight consecutive UFC bouts without a loss, the longest streak in modern-day UFC history.
“He’s a very, very tough guy,” said St-Pierre of Fitch. “I’m gonna have to train hard and be very well prepared because he may be my toughest fight yet.”
“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys can’t duck me, run away, or say they don’t want to fight me,” said Fitch. “If I have the belt, there’s no excuse, and if you say you’re the best, then we’re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but I’m gonna make sure I’m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, that’s fine with me.”
In other action on the UFC 87 card, heavyweight sensation Brock Lesnar returns home for a pivotal bout in his rise up the UFC ranks. Lesnar was originally scheduled to face UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman on August
9th, but a knee injury has forced ‘The Hammer’ to withdraw from the show. Lesnar’s opponent will be announced shortly.
Lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will also throw down in a highly anticipated bout that may determine a future challenger for the 155-pound crown.
Tickets for UFC 87: Seek and Destroy go on sale Sunday May 25th at 12 Noon CT and will be priced at $600, $400, $250, $125, $75 and $50. Tickets for UFC 87 will be available at Target Center's Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 651.989.5151.
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- 05-22-2008, 08:15 PM
05-22-2008, 11:39 PM
I say either Heath or Cheick gets Lesnar. Werdum/Vera are fighting at 85, so they're taken already.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-23-2008, 01:50 AM
05-24-2008, 04:36 AM
05-24-2008, 08:37 AM
05-24-2008, 10:06 AM
Herring/Lesnar could be interesting. The benefit to LEsnar is Herring has little to no takedown defense whatsoever so I am seeing Lesnar via early tko stoppage
05-24-2008, 11:39 AM
05-24-2008, 03:47 PM
05-24-2008, 09:28 PM
Lesnar should be better ....I thought his first fight he could of won w/o that stupid rule hitting back of the head : (
05-30-2008, 02:26 PM
05-30-2008, 02:32 PM
05-30-2008, 03:04 PM
I'm more concerned about the Kimbo/Mike Tyson fight anyway
05-30-2008, 03:07 PM
You guys are hilarious. I'm really not Kimbo's number one fan. He's probably not even top 5. I've always defended him out of principle, not fanaticism. Defense out of principle, you can appreciate that Mullet, Esq.
05-30-2008, 03:13 PM
I was only joking about Lesnar. He is very legitimate, in my opinion; wrestlers with far lesser pedigree have faired exceptionally well in the UFC. I would be much more skeptical had Lesnar debuted and had his subsequent fights in PRIDE, however. UFC as an organization is a favorable domain for wrestlers.
05-30-2008, 03:18 PM
People I like more then Kimbo, in no particular hierarchy:
4. BJ Penn
7. Anderson Silva
8. Lesnar (with high hopes)
9. Bret Heart from the old WWF Heart Foundation Tag Team
10. The Ultimate Warrior
11. Sting, before he became The Crow reincarnate.
12. Cung Le
and then Kimbo
05-30-2008, 03:26 PM
Completely OT, but is it blasphemy if I feel GSP is a more complete fighter than Anderson Silva? Before anybody attacks, I simply feel that GSP has faced the highest calibre opponents, in what was, at one time, the UFC's most competitive division.
05-30-2008, 03:35 PM
Maybe a cut & past polling template would serve well.
GSP or Silva:
Take Down Ability:
Take Down Defense:
Mental Strength & Confidence:
General Speed & Agility or Quickness:
I'm sure the list can go on.... but I'll go first after this.
05-30-2008, 03:39 PM
GSP or Silva:
Striking Accuracy: Silva
Striking Power: GSP
Kicking Power: Silva
Kicking Accuracy Silva
Take Down Ability: GSP
Take Down Defense: GSP
General Awareness: GSP
Mental Strength & Confidence: Silva
G&P Efficiency: GSP
Ground Control: GSP
Ground Defense: Silva
General Speed & Agility or Quickness: GSP
General Power: GSP
General Strength: GSP
Fight Intelligence: GSP
General Ground Game: Silva
General Stand Up: GSP
Add to the list at will, I am definitely not the most insightful, fight savvy person here, perhaps one of the least.
I have 12 to 8, GSP. From my very limited and perhaps short sighted poll.
05-30-2008, 03:50 PM
Possibly, due to this background in Karate, GSP's striking may actually be overrated; that is, at least in terms of its efficiency and accuracy, and maybe to a degree in his power.
Make no mistake, I feel Anderson's defeat of Hendo really showed his versatility; and his defeat over Lutter most definitely showed his ability to overcome adversity (greater than GSP's, IMO). However, with that being said, both Lutter and Hendo pushed Anderson further than GSP has been pushed since losing to Serra. GSP has been other-worldly dominant in his fights since last April. As you said, I feel Anderson's victories have been, at least in my opinion, less clinical and complete than GSP's.
GSP's loss to Serra was a double-edged sword - that fight both pushed him towards this new level, and keeps people from being as zealous about him as they were previously.
05-30-2008, 03:56 PM
I think GSP is more complete in the sense that he has no weakness. Andy's wrestling is very sub-par and may end up being his downfall. However, Andy has something that GSP does not: dominance in a particular aspect of the game. His striking is just on another level now.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
05-30-2008, 03:59 PM
05-30-2008, 04:01 PM
I think Anderson has more striking power. He doesn't look like it, but he ends fights with a few strikes quickly. He dropped Leben the first time with 2 or 3 punches while Terry Martin landed 3 straight bombs on his chin, and it didn't drop him.
Speed and agility and general awareness and fight intelligence are pretty even if you ask me (in a pound-4-pound sense), although Anderson's comes out in the striking game more whereas GSP shows it more in a wrestling sense.
Anderson's chin is much better too. Anderson is just way more dangerous too. GSP may dominate you more from start to finish, but with Silva, one mistake and the fight can be painfully over 3 seconds later.
05-30-2008, 04:06 PM
I feel you are wrong about "Stand up is the way you beat GSP. A 170 Liddell would make for the best chance of beating him". I agree his stand-up is overrated, but it is not as if standing and trading with him is a sound strategy (see: Penn). BJ has incredibly heavy hands, and GSP withstood a very close stand-up battle there, and his TD has improved since then. BJ's hands are constantly lauded for how heavy they are, and GSP withstood that.
I think you are rating GSP's chin respective to his loss to Serra, which is not very reflective of his entire career.
05-30-2008, 04:12 PM
His fight with Lutter is definitely troubling, though. Can he defend against a guy with a good shot? Hell, Lutter's isn't even that great at all. Were his knees just bad from surgery against Lutter?
I'm excited to see him fight Okami. Hope that one's next.
05-30-2008, 04:22 PM
I say standup is the way to beat GSP because on the ground, he will end up on top of you. He always is able to pass guard so you can't sub him very easily. Maybe you could dirty box a little in the clinch, but it's likely that he'll take you down. He's shown weakness in the standup against Serra and BJ. I don't think anyone other than BJ and Hughes () has a good shot at beating him, though.
Off topic: Did anyone see that Mark Hughes may start fighting again? There's an article on MMAweekly about it.
05-30-2008, 04:51 PM
Well, I think it's undeniable this is a different GSP than first faced BJ - I feel he would take that matchup 70-75% of the time.
I see what you are saying about GSP's chin, but you have to judge his body of work as a whole; other than the Serra fight, his other fights, even as far back as UCC/TKO did not trouble me in terms of his chin. Serra/GSP was Rahman/Lewis, IMO - not a very fair indicatory of GSP's general chin strength.
As well, like you said, Lutter nearly finished Anderson. GSP has barely lost a round since losing to Serra (has he?). While Anderson is bar none the most dangerous striker in the game, he has not faced as complete a fighter as St.Pierre. GSP is a better MMA-wrestler than Hendo.
06-04-2008, 06:19 PM
06-04-2008, 11:02 PM
I think it goes:
4) JZ (I really just dislike Aoki, and that NC was pathetic on his part)
5) A number of fighters, IMO.
06-04-2008, 11:08 PM
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