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tim gets very littleattention now that hes not the champ. the pattern has been give the fallen champ a couple of winable fights then give him a shot to win the title back. since tim isnt as popular as some of the other champs will he get thrown to the wolves or does he deserve a middle of the road fight then a title shot?

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Post #1   8/7/07 6:00:22PM   

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no because he's a boring champ, and well he's not all that skilled.Nog would sub him, Mirko would KO him(yes he can kick that high), randy would beat him up again, thats not even mentioning fedor and barnett if they come.

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I don't think he deserves a title shot. I don't care what kind of excuses he has he got dominated and had absolutely nothing going for him in his last fight. The only thing he deserves is a massive beating from Fedor or a nasty head-kick from CroCop.

Post #3   8/7/07 6:02:28PM   

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He's not going to get an easy run back to the title simply because he was champ when the division was weak andwith competitors like CC, AA, Big nog, GG and Fedor, there is no way he'll make it back that high if Coture can dimantle him that easily

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Tim was basically a paper champion in a division that really didn't have anyone at the time. I'll bend over and kiss my a** if he ever becomes champion again.

Post #5   8/7/07 6:28:11PM   

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These are the responses that I expected, but they're really not fair. Tim suffers because of his appearance and his personality, not his fighting prowess. Don't belive me? Arlovski beat the same level of competition and was considered one of the top 3-4 HWs in the world and a possible threat to Fedor. Sylvia beats him twice and is still a can who will lose to a good grappler. He beats ADCC champ Jeff Monson and he's still a can.

Great fight by Randy and there's no doubt he won the decision. But Sylvia fought off a choke for about 3 minutes and went all 5 rounds, carrying his huge frame around the ring on a night that things were clearly not going his way. He didn't want to give up when his forearm was pointing in two different directions against Mir. And he got up from nearly being KTFO, to do the trick for real against the then highly feared Arlovski.

Hey, he's not built like a superhero (a la Randy, Andrei or CroCop) and he's not a great natural athlete who comes into MMA with an Olympic Gold medal or a K-1 championship. Maybe that's a reason to give him MORE credit for what he's accomplished instead of detracting from it. I know he's embarassingly proud of his belt and championship, but when you look at how little he accomplished athletically prior to the UFC (again, contrast with guys like Mirko or Randy) and you look at how little people believed in him maybe you can start to understand why.

Like any champ who held the title for a while and went down with a fight, he should be given a couple of fights to build his confidence back up and then a shot at the title.

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Only if he wins 2 fights before.

Post #7   8/7/07 7:11:41PM   

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i think he needs to win one fight and win it impressively to get a shot at the title

Post #8   8/7/07 7:30:00PM   

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If he can beat some real talent then yeah. That eing said,probaly aint going to happen.

Post #9   8/7/07 7:31:12PM   

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I think he should get a middle of the pack fight, and if he wins that then give him a real test like Cro Cop or Big Nog. If he's standing tall after that then he deserves a title shot. Thats basicly the road Liddell is facing. Hughes is getting a ridiculasly easy way back. Hopefully it will set up a St. Pierre Vs Hughes 3 which I would like to see, but I still think his path is to easy.

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he needs one or 2 fights to get a shot at his title, his first fight will probably be a can (like the ufc does to every champ that looses his title, rich:macdonald, hughes:chris little, chuck:jardine) and than his second fight should be against a contender( kind f like Rich vs okami), so it should be against cro cop or big nog or brandon vera........and if gets to that point, than let him have if not, than he will be made a gate keeper like tito ortiz, and what possibly rich franklin will become if he looses to A.silva

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He needs to win a few first. I'd love to see him against Vera. Both haven't fought in awhile. Who ever wins should then get a match for the #1 contender for a title shot.

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Vera shouldnt get a title shot after beating tim.

Here's how I think it should go. When Tim comes back to fight give some B level fighter. I would give him Eddie Sanchez because I think eddie could beat tim and vice versa. Depending on how he wins that fight. If he wins that fight he should be granted a #1 contender match with a real top heavyweight guy. That's the only way I see it going down.

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Posted by Pitbull09

He's not going to get an easy run back to the title simply because he was champ when the division was weak and with competitors like CC, AA, Big nog, GG and Fedor, there is no way he'll make it back that high if Coture can dimantle him that easily



Agreed. The division is much stronger now. However, if he somehow pulled off victories against 2 top HVY's he would deserve it. I don't see that as being likely though.

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He does deserve one (not immediatly) but I don't want to see him get one because he's slow and has a dumb superman tattoo.

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