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Old 03-09-2009, 02:19 AM
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That would be interesting to see. I don't think he should get an immediate title shot with Anderson Silva though. Isn't Wanderlei Silva moving down to Middleweight? That would be an interesting match? Or is Wanderlei fighting Franklin? Who could Matt fight in the MW division?
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:25 AM
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I don't see why Matt shouldn't get a title shot right away. BJ Penn's first fight at Welterweight was a title fight and Matt's list of accomplishments far outweigh BJ's. Also, Randy Couture lost to Chuck twice in a row at LHW, retired, then came back to an instant title shot in the Heavyweight division. So, it's not unheard of.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:32 AM
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he won't have to cut as much weight, that's for sure.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:32 AM
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Matt's accomplishments and history alone give him a straight shot at Silva if he wants it. There's no doubt it would be an enormous PPV buy. Matt always wants to fight the best and Silva is the best.

It'd be interesting to see. Many people have taken down Silva fairly easily, but Silva's good on his back. I wonder how well he would fare against a much shorter frame like Matt's.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:45 AM
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I thought BJ should have fought at least one fight at Welterweight first before going against the title holder. I guess that would have delayed his title defense at LW even longer though.

If Matt was still the Welterweight title holder, then maybe I could see him challenging Anderson Silva without a tune-up fight.

Put another way... should GSP get an immediate shot at Anderson Silva or should he have to fight a non-title bout at MW first?

I think Matt would have a few interesting fights at MW with Dan Henderson, Demian Maia or Matt Hamill.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:55 AM
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I thought BJ should have fought at least one fight at Welterweight first before going against the title holder. I guess that would have delayed his title defense at LW even longer though.

If Matt was still the Welterweight title holder, then maybe I could see him challenging Anderson Silva without a tune-up fight.

Put another way... should GSP get an immediate shot at Anderson Silva or should he have to fight a non-title bout at MW first?

I think Matt would have a few interesting fights at MW with Dan Henderson, Demian Maia or Matt Hamill.
hendo hughes would be awesome! and as for a title shot, hughes earnd it 43 wins ago
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:55 AM
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I thought BJ should have fought at least one fight at Welterweight first before going against the title holder. I guess that would have delayed his title defense at LW even longer though.

If Matt was still the Welterweight title holder, then maybe I could see him challenging Anderson Silva without a tune-up fight.

Put another way... should GSP get an immediate shot at Anderson Silva or should he have to fight a non-title bout at MW first?

I think Matt would have a few interesting fights at MW with Dan Henderson, Demian Maia or Matt Hamill.
That's an interesting question, but it's not relevant. GSP is no where near the caliber of champion that Matt was. GSP was only 4 title wins in 3 years. Matt racked up 9 wins in 5 years, plus a win against over-weight Joe Riggs & a domination of the legend Royce Gracie. As much as the sherdoggers wanna proclaim him an MMA god, GSP is light years away from accomplishing what Matt has.
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Old 03-09-2009, 02:56 AM
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I think Matt would have a few interesting fights at MW with Dan Henderson, Demian Maia or Matt Hamill.
Hamill fights at LHW. He's a big LHW, the only way you'll see him at MW is if he drops 10-15 pounds of muscle, then cut the water weight.
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That's an interesting question, but it's not relevant. GSP is no where near the caliber of champion that Matt was. GSP was only 4 title wins in 3 years. Matt racked up 9 wins in 5 years, plus a win against over-weight Joe Riggs & a domination of the legend Royce Gracie. As much as the sherdoggers wanna proclaim him an MMA god, GSP is light years away from accomplishing what Matt has.
well put vcu. while i dont question gsps skills. i do question his "hero" status.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:03 AM
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Hamill fights at LHW. He's a big LHW, the only way you'll see him at MW is if he drops 10-15 pounds of muscle, then cut the water weight.
Sorry, I meant Michael Bisping.
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