Which champion has the toughest challenge ahead of them?

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POLL: Who has the toughest challenge?
JDS 23% (10)
Jones 5% (2)
GSP 9% (4)
Henderson 33% (14)
Aldo 16% (7)
Other (Cruz/Johnson) 14% (6)
FastKnockout
11/3/12 1:51:56PM
Which champion has the toughest challenge ahead of them?

- JDS vs. Cain Valesquez

- Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

- GSP vs. Carlos Condit

- Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao

- Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson
pmoney
11/3/12 1:59:34PM
Damn, tough question! Edgar has a good chance against Aldo... Barao has a good chance against Cruz... I took Henderson though, because my boy Nate is taking that strap come next month!!! (I hope anyway )
ghandikush
11/3/12 1:59:45PM
Cruz Benson and JDS...

But mostly Cruz, he's losing that title post surgery.
FastKnockout
11/3/12 2:02:14PM

Posted by pmoney

Damn, tough question! Edgar has a good chance against Aldo... Barao has a good chance against Cruz... I took Henderson though, because my boy Nate is taking that strap come next month!!! (I hope anyway )



I know, man. It took me a good five minutes to decide between Valesquez, Diaz, Barao, and Edgar. I don't give Sonnen a chance, of course.
FastKnockout
11/3/12 2:02:54PM

Posted by ghandikush

Cruz Benson and JDS...

But mostly Cruz, he's losing that title post surgery.



Yeah, there's a very good chance Barao will walk away with the title.
Budgellism
11/3/12 2:26:26PM

Posted by pmoney

Damn, tough question! Edgar has a good chance against Aldo... Barao has a good chance against Cruz... I took Henderson though, because my boy Nate is taking that strap come next month!!! (I hope anyway )



This

Diaz is taking that belt.

I think Barao is going to as well though.
Poor_Franklin
11/3/12 2:30:35PM


- JDS vs. Cain Valesquez

- GSP vs. Carlos Condit

- Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao

5-way tie
Bubbles
11/3/12 2:49:47PM
I picked Bendo, but Aldo is like 1b. JDS would come in a close 3rd.

Condit really isnt a threat unless it stays standing all fight. Cruz can butterfly around the octagon, and Barao showed a very tentative gameplan last fight. Sonnen, while I hope he does win, has a very slim chance to do so. If Anderson was on this list and Weidman was the next challenger, then I would move him to #3
airkerma
11/3/12 3:14:31PM

Posted by pmoney

.. Barao has a good chance against Cruz...


Damn I should have read this before voting. That is a fantastic point, but in my defense the fight isn't scheduled yet. Perhaps that's why Silva vs WeidmanBoetsch isn't on the list either. Bendo didn't win decisively enough against Edgar in either fight which puts him at the disadvantage in my eyes, as GSP, Aldo, Jones, and JDS have all manhandled there last few fights.
ghandikush
11/3/12 3:22:19PM
Oh yeah, very good chance Weidman LnPs to victory if he has the balls to do so.
FastKnockout
11/3/12 3:52:47PM
I didn't add Silva vs. Weidman/Boetch because Silva has no clear opponent and there's still a chance Silva could face GSP next if GSP makes it past Condit. Barao on the other hand just had a title eliminator with Faber.
airkerma
11/3/12 4:36:50PM
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kingsmasher
11/3/12 4:45:32PM

Posted by ghandikush

Oh yeah, very good chance Weidman LnPs to victory if he has the balls to do so.



Weidman aint laying and prayin anyone with a full camp...Hes gonna sub Silva..

JDS has a tough out
Aldo has a tough out....I think Aldo loses rounds 3 4 5 for sure..IMO as hard as Frankie got hit by Maynard in the second fight....Aldo cant hit that hard and will gas...I think he gets taken down in first or second too..


im ready for GSP and see how he looks after the layoff but most times after surgery these days limbs are even stronger in some cases
ghandikush
11/3/12 5:00:02PM

Posted by kingsmasher


Posted by ghandikush

Oh yeah, very good chance Weidman LnPs to victory if he has the balls to do so.



Weidman aint laying and prayin anyone with a full camp...Hes gonna sub Silva..



He's not subbing Silva ever. He wont be able to pass that guard all night.
Bubbles
11/3/12 5:04:21PM

Posted by ghandikush


Posted by kingsmasher


Posted by ghandikush

Oh yeah, very good chance Weidman LnPs to victory if he has the balls to do so.



Weidman aint laying and prayin anyone with a full camp...Hes gonna sub Silva..



He's not subbing Silva ever. He wont be able to pass that guard all night.


A gassed and out of shape Lutter mounted Silva...I'm sure Weidman is able to make it to half guard
infestructure
11/3/12 5:50:11PM
Toughest to easiest...

1- Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

2- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao

3- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

4- GSP vs. Carlos Condit

5- Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson

6- JDS vs. Cain Velasquez

7- Jones vs Sonnen
postman
11/3/12 6:47:59PM
I'm thinking Cruz but he has that knee tap in his back pocket. If hes not getting the best on the feet. Thats going to be a pretty sweet fight!
BeeR
11/3/12 7:58:30PM
aldo vs edgar
jae_1833
11/3/12 11:07:25PM
GSP by far, his opponent is the most well rounded, Condit has shown that if he has to win by decision he will but mainly he is a finisher. GSP has only the LNP chance IMO......Condit is healthy and quick, GSP is coming off a massive injury and a long lay off!
frizzzlecake
11/4/12 12:02:24AM
Henderson.. Nate is the perfect style to give him fits. Nate's BJJ skills and just ability to throw 50000000 punches in one fight will really put the pressure on Henderson, and if Henderson goes for a sloppy Take Down...Well we saw what happened to Miller when he shot in desperation..


CAN'T WAIT.
aussiemma
11/4/12 3:44:33AM

Posted by infestructure

Toughest to easiest...

1- Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

2- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao

3- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar

4- GSP vs. Carlos Condit

5- Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson

6- JDS vs. Cain Velasquez

7- Jones vs Sonnen



i voted for cruz followed by henderson...but i completely disagree with jds having the second easiest fight coming up. Did you see cain's last fight ?
JackHammerXXX
11/4/12 12:49:43PM
I was surprised condit wasn't being mentioned so much. GSP is human, and that was a major surgery, on top a long layoff. He was on a streak of tentative, 'safe', albeit disciplined and well executed, decision winning streak. How do we expect him to approach this fight against a guy who I'm my opinion, is the most focused and in tune he's ever been? I think that mindset, and those variables make him the 'toughest' challenge.

JDS has fought Cain before. Velasquez will definitely be more productive but in the end, he's a challenge already surpassed.

Sonnen only poses a mental challenge for Jones.

Bendo I believe stands a good chance to win that fight, I'll be picking Diaz but I think Bendo matches up well with just about any of the toP lw's.

Edgar will be Aldo's toughest challenge, so far. But first fight dropping, lot of pressure to not lose 3 title fights in a row, Frankie will be dealing with himself being a challenge just the same.

Cruz is in same seat as GSP, I just think he will come back as fast and strong as ever and barao didn't look aggressive enough to counter Dominicks style.

GSP/condit
Aldo/Edgar
Cruz/barao
JDS/Velasquez
Jones/Sonnen
Cooler
11/4/12 10:40:16PM
JDS has the toughest challenge imo but it won't be the hardest fight for the champions having fights soon. Sound weird but..

I think Nate and Barao are the most likely to take a UFC belt. But on the other hand Cain is a scarier fight than most of the challengers going up against the champions. This is just my thoughts,and goes to how much better and more of a threat I think JDS is than Henderson or Cruz.

I voted for JDS.
tattflash
11/5/12 7:11:38AM
I think that GSP will have the toughest challenge. Coming back from a long lay off after surgery against a guy who perfects his game plans to each fighter he faces. GSP may not be able to afford to go for a decision win if ring rust kicks in, and how will he take this via a finish??. GSP has not had a submission win for 5 years and he does not have the power to stand and trade with Condit. Ring rust is a massive factor to anybody and over18 months out is a long time to combat it.

I think JDS has Cain's number, Cain looked scared their first fight and I dont think it will be any different here.
Jon Jones possesses way to much in every dept for Sonnen
Henderson vs Diaz will be close, but I think Bendo is the more powerful fighter and will dominate Nate
Aldo I think is to rounded for Frankie and a solid chin can only save you so many times before it gives way. Aldo is a beast in striking
Cruz vs Barao could go either way but I feel that Cruz is a fighter who sticks to his gameplan well enough to keep the title.
and DJ VS JD is an all out 5 round none stop war that DJ will win with his greater experience of the big fights.

Ring rust is the big factor for me so I voted for GSP
crushedbacon
11/5/12 5:31:00PM
Toughest to easiest...

1. Cain - Gonna take the belt IMO
2. Edgar - Gonna take the belt IMO
3. Barao
4. Condit
5. Diaz
6. Sonnen

* Dodson, I have no clue where that fits in...
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