Posted by sbulldavid
How would Silva have done if he fought at 205 and Machida fought at 185. Honestly Machida might still be undefeated and we'd be calling him the greatest of all time.
I don't know man. I think a lot of fighters, especially young ones set there sites on beating the best. If you have a champion who's been around for so many years these kids have gonna have trained from day 1 how to beat that guy. I think that's what we're seeing with the dominant champions at the moment guys who thought to themselves what do I need to do to beat the champion in my weight class.
Weidman had the Wrestling edge and went to go train BJJ, he didnt wanna end up like Lutter or Hendo and Chael and give Silva that 1 chance that cost them the fight.
Weidman made his debut post Silva/Sonnen and all we saw from him was what he wanted to do against Silva. Maul him with wrestling, dominating top game and showcase his BJJ, that he isn't gonna get caught but instead be catching people.
Hendricks is the same. These guys before they plan to fight any other UFC fighters think about the champion, deliberately or not, that's who they're aiming to beat.
Inbetween fights I guarantee Hendricks wasn't working his Muay Thai or Capoeira. He's been focusing on looking at GSPs Karate based striking and wrestling. He's had much much longer to prepare for GSP than GSPs had longer to prepare for him.
They say its easy to become a champion than defend a championship and this is a reason why. You're the guy who's people's sites are on, you're the guy people are breaking down and analysing.
Do you think Hendricks knows if he fails 2 takedowns stop trying because he saw what happened to Fitch? Yes
Machida is very very similar. If he was the champion for more than 3 years then the division may as well all sign up for Karate practise.
I put that as one of the reasons the WW division is a deathrow of wrestlers and the MW division isn't.
Because wrestling was a requirement against Hughes and GSP.