Posted by jiujitsufreak74
the few people who think that Rashad is going to defeat Chuck on Saturday rationalize their point of view by saying that Rashad will be able to take advantage of Chuck's mental state and that Chuck is looking past Rashad. well, i just find this to be crazy. Chuck is fine, he had back to back losses and then he bounced back with a very impressive performance against Wandy. if defeating Wandy doesn't show that you are back, i don't know what can. Chuck has stated he is not overlooking Rashad and i would think he has learned his lesson after the Jardine fight. do you guys really believe he will make the same mistake against a guy form Jardine's camp? i don't think so. Chuck will be 100% ready to fight Rashad and i don't think pre-fight intangibles will effect this fight at all.
another argument people make for Rashad is that his wrestling ability will allow him to take Chuck down. well, that is just preposterous. Rashad isn't even that good of a wrestler. he had a very average wrestling career at Michigan State. i think he was somewhere around a .500 record, which is by no means insignificant but it doesn't mean you are a phenomenal wrestler either. Chuck has faced Randy Couture, an Olympic level wrestler and a D-I All-American who placed 2nd in the D-I Championships, Tito Ortiz, an accomplished submission wrestler who placed 3rd at the ADCC and a State Junior Champion in college, and Babalu, a Brazilian national wrestling champion. Chuck has been able to keep the fight on the feet against all of those fighters (excluding the first randy fight...the other 2 he was able to keep it standing). if Chuck was able to avoid the take down from those fighters, then how can you expect a .500 wrestler form Michigan State to take him down? i just don't get it.
No matter how you break this fight down, it is apparent that Chuck will win this fight...i don't understand how people see otherwise.
I am one of those Rashad believers. Not to take anything away from Chuck, but he is older now and people think he is going to be in great shape forever. What is "proposterous" is to say Chuck will be 100% and this and that. How in the world do you know? Are you in his camp?
You named a ton of fighters Chuck has fought years ago. Exactly, years ago, not the same as now. Oh, and everybody keeps talking about how impressive he looked against Wandy, but I can't see that. He got the better of Silva, but he almost got knocked down in that fight too.
I see a few big holes in Liddell's stand-up defense also(maybe why he's been getting his ass rocked in his last few fights). His hands are constantly down at chest level, number one no-no for those who know anything about boxing or martial arts.
Rashad, on the other hand, is in his prime, much more explosive, and, myself being a wrestler, thinks his wrestling is above just average. It doesn't matter what his college career shows, this is mma buddy, a whole different ballgame. Its how you mix the stand-up with the takedowns, ala GSP against Koscheck.
I do agree that Rashad is alittle gun-shy but do know hes got fast hands and good KO power(and he keeps his hand up, too).
I guess I'll talk to you on Sunday so I can rub it in alittle. See ya later.
Oh, Rashad by second round TKO sucka!