Posted by EvenFlow
Munoz needs to get beat to widen his all around game and Hamill needs as much experience as he can get. He gets better everytime he fights, the Franklin fight where he didnt go for takedowns and decided to strike it out with Rich is the exception. I dont think hes a gatekeeper at all, I think he would beat a lot of great fighters now, a few years from now he'll be even better.
well im not sure munoz needs a loss to get better, but he does need a step up in opponents and he needs to fight guys that bring different things to a fight like a great bjj guy, or a great stand up fighter to see if he can weather different styles of fighters.
as far as hamill goes, the guy has talent and the best base for mma as far as im concerned and thats wrestling. he is very very raw though and when he gets away from his game plan, like you mentioned with the franklin fight, he is fairly lost because his strking isnt up to snuff yet. time is what he needs to get to be a top level fighter, and theres no hurrying that, not to mention there are no guarantees that he will live up to expectations.
gatekeeper isnt a dirty word, but the guys that fall into that category are not guys you will see wearing a strap in most cases. right now hamill is basically just that, but given his marketability, and natural ability i think the guys got a bright future. he just has to continue to work hard and stay motivated and things should fall into place as he moves up the ladder. i worry about his heart though, sure the TUF stuff gets over dramatized, but the way he reacted to a head kick in sparring still has me worried. once i see him take a huge shot and stay composed it will erase a lot of question marks that i have.