Posted by IriShame
I don't think this is close at all. Dos Santos has shown he is in the upper echelon of strikers right now.. Yvel has looked like absolute garbage his last couple of fights.
Power is the last thing to go and I realize he's still got some but his technique has gotten sloppy, he looks doughy and uninterested and I truly believe his best days are FAR behind him.
This is like when JDS fought Cro Cop and everybody was calling it a toss up. Look what happened. Yvel is at a similar stage in his career and his days of knocking out top flight competition are over.
This is going to be another one in the win column for Dos Santos and to be honest I'm a little dissapointed the UFC didn't give him somebody a little more challenging.
yvel destroyed pedro rizzo with what might be the most brutal KO of the year and survived being mounted for 3 rounds against a great sub guy in barnett so i dont know how he looked like garbage. his weakness has obviously always been the ground and to survive barneys mount for what seemed like all 15 minutes of the fight was nothing short of amazing IMO. the KO of the rock was what it was, gil landing and ending a fight, but for a minute there i wasnt sure pedro would get up. to me gilbert is on one of the bigger upswings of his career right now.
EDIT: that said im still leaning towards JDS slightly right now, its tough to call a fight when you can smell the 1st round KO as soon as the fight is announced.