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post Nov 20 2010, 05:16 PM
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For all on-going and post-fight reactions to the UFC 123: Rampage-Machida card. Keep everything in this thread.

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post Nov 20 2010, 07:34 PM
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I'd like to see Rampage win...but I doubt it...

Unless Machida's not over that Shogun beating and is off his game...because Rampage still has the power to knock him out.
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post Nov 20 2010, 08:55 PM
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QUOTE (The CEO @ Nov 20 2010, 07:34 PM) *
I'd like to see Rampage win...but I doubt it...

Same here.

If the UFC version of Rampage shows up tonight, he will lose to Machida by boring-ass decision. And I am using the first conditional intentionally here, because I fully believe this is what will happen. Rampage has been a plodding, one dimensional fighter for the most part since his arrival to the UFC, and I don't see that changing here.

If the Pride version of Rampage were fighting Machida tonight, he would win the fight. I'm using the second conditional here, as, again, I believe this to be an unlikely scenario.

Machida is a tactical fighter, a counter puncher who likes to react to his opponent. Fighters looking to play his game will get finished or get outpointed. The key to these types of fighters are to blitz them with hyper aggression. Don't give them a chance to think, but force them to simply react instead. More times than not, they won't react well. See Shogun/Machida II for example.

The Pride version of Rampage was tailor-made for Machida. If he comes in swinging to set up takedown slams, and I mean vintage Rampage slams, he'd hurt Machida to the body and finish him within two. But I don't see that happening.


The real question mark tonight is Penn/Hughes III. I can't wait to see that one, as I don't have a clue as to what will happen. Though, talent-wise, Penn should pull it off. But its Penn, and you never know.
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post Nov 20 2010, 09:44 PM
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Just read that Rampage's ring entrance music tonight will be the Pride theme. Hmm... should I change my pick now? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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post Nov 20 2010, 09:49 PM
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Brian Foster just choked out Matt "The Immortal" Brown. Why would an immortal feel the need to tap to a choke?
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post Nov 20 2010, 10:04 PM
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Well, Rampage claims he's bringing back Rampage from the Pride days. But I'm not buying it. I certainly hope so though. I like Rampage and can't stand Machida, and would love nothing better than to see Lyoto get power-bombed to hell.

We'll see though.
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post Nov 20 2010, 10:09 PM
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George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon coming up.
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post Nov 20 2010, 10:22 PM
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Very entertaining first round. Impossible to call. Lauzon looked good early and very late, Sotiropoulos looked good in between.
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post Nov 20 2010, 10:26 PM
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Lauzon shot his load in the first. Sotiropoulos finishes him with a Kimura in the second.
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post Nov 20 2010, 10:27 PM
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Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch up next.
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