Posted by Aiden08
Posted by chickmagnet
Ryan Bader would make sense. Both have recently beat Jardine, meaning they might be on the same level of competition.
Ummm... The same level? Bader beat Jardine in 3 rounds, Silva beat Jardine in under 2 minutes...
He probably means that in relation to the UFC LHW division.
And also.... he said that they *might* be on the same level of competition. He bases this off of Thiago's and Bader's knockout of Keith Jardine.
Who was Thiago's best victory in the UFC? - Jardine (unless you want to argue Alexander from peoples beliefs at the time from that specific time - but currently most people would pretty much conclude it to be irrelevant).
Who was Bader's best victory in the UFC? - Jardine
As for this specific matchup.... I like this fight in terms of relevancy to the division, but after thinking about it I do not know if it really answers questions about the fighters.
I really base this on a few instances:
Thiago Silva if I remember correctly slowed down in terms of cardio as the fight went past the 1st round (Drwal and Evans fights).
Ryan Bader slowed down in terms of cardio as the fight went past the 1st round (Schafer, and slightly in the Jardine fight).
They both hit hard (although I would favor Thiago's standpoint because of more diversity), and both of their offensive ground games rely on working their top game.
Thiago had quite the trouble of defending Rashad's takedowns, likewise... Rashad had trouble holding Thiago down. With the wrestling of Bader, I would assume that Thiago would have trouble defending takedowns, and Bader having trouble holding Thiago down.
There are a lot of similarities between them, and I wouldnt think it would be wrong to think that they at least might be on the same level of competition.