Posted by Boo_Radley21
Come on man you gotta be kidding me. Who does Machida have a win over that's credible. His most credible wins are over Thiago Silva who would lose to Chuck and Forrest (Who Rashad beat) and Tito who got KO'd twice by Liddell and beat Forrest in a decision that could have gone either way. I understand that you like Machida and can also understand why people are picking him to win, but calling out Rashad's credible opponents isn't the way to convince someone because Machida's just aren't that credible either.
So your saying Thiago Silva, Tito, Sokoudjou, Hoger, Stephan Bonnar, and Rich Franklin are not creditable wins? Lets look here, he beat all these guys by TKO/KO or UD. Rashad won a SD over Hoger which a bunch of people felt Hoger won. He also won a SD over Bisping. He technically lost to Tito but got the draw given to him because of Tito's inability to stop grabbing the cage.
Styles make fights. This will be a good fight but to say Machida hasn't fought anyone creditable is crazy. I think Rashad will have a hard time dealing with Machida's style just like everyone else has a hard time with it. He doesn't have much things he does over and over so its hard to know how to counter him. He also comes from crazy angles which causes fighters to fall in to his game plan. I teach boxing and I can tell you Machida's stand up is the one of the best I have seen in MMA. The only person that comes close in MMA is Anderson. Rashad's stand up isn't bad and he has power. But he struggles with strong technical strikers, well Machida not only is technical but its a technical that you cant really find anyone to train you for. Machida also is great at avoiding punches because of his style.
In the end I feel Machida will pull out the UD by picking Rashad apart on the feet. But this is a tough fight and I could see either fighter winning but if it ends up being a pure stand up fight I have to give the strong edge to Machida.