QUOTE(Bill The Butcher @ Aug 6 2007, 11:37 PM) [snapback]353049[/snapback]
That's awesome. I'm really looking forward to this card. That's cool it will be on Spike TV.
I'll have to take Rampage, Crocop and Bisping in these fights.
I'll be honest here. I haven't seen much of Dan Henderson. But I read a lot about him. (LOL, take it easy on me. At least I'm being honest.) He is definitely a beast and one of the top dogs, but I heard he has trouble with bigger guys, and Rampage is a monster in my opinion. He has a gnarly chin. He may not have the best defense in the clinch, but I think he improved his stand up game tremendously and he is a well rounded wrestler. But I think he takes Henderson in a hard fought decision. Possibly a late round stoppage.
I only seen that Kongo guy fight once. And he is one big dude. But the one fight I seen, he sucked big time on the ground. If he keeps his distance and uses his reach, it will be interesting to see how he does against Crocop. I haven't seen a whole lot of Crocop either, but from what I've seen, he doesn't like being pressured. He likes to sit back and pick his shots. So, going back to Kongo keeping his distance, might spell doom for him. And Crocop will just chop him in half with some leg kicks. But if he pressures Crocop, Crocop could take him down and expose him there. That's why I'm picking Crocop in this one. By Knockout.
I'm picking Bisping, because I never seen the other guy fight. HAHA! Bisping seemed pretty entertaining to watch. Exciting. So, I'm picking him to win.
What are your thoughts? Who do you think will win?
I know, I know...I'm a fairly new MMA fan.
Dan Henderson is the current Welterweight (183lb) and Middleweight Champion (205lb) in Pride
. He is also a former olympic wrestler with one-punch knockout power who has wins over names like Wanderlei Silva
, Vitor Belfort, Yuki Kondo, "Ninja" Rua, Renzo Gracie, Babalu Sobral, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
, Carlos Newton, and Allan Goes.
Rampage has very good standup, and has gotten even better in that department since coming to the UFC
. Rampage is shit in a thai clinch, as he comes into it with his head WAY too far down. Henderson has been known to throw knees, and he just may take advantage of Rampage's weakness in this department. I don't expect a Chute Boxe
style beatdown like Silva and Shogun put on Rampage, but I do expect Rampage to eat some hard shots nevertheless. On the ground, if it goes to the ground, Dan clearly has every advantage. I don't expect either fighter to try and take it to the ground early though, not until one of them gets hurt. But by then it may be too late, considering the kind of leather these two can throw.
In the end, I expect Dan Henderson to come out on top by UD. Rampage just isn't on Dan's level, IMO.
As for Cro Cop, he's shit on the ground. His only ground defense is to tie guys up until the ref stands them up again. However, this does not matter in the slightest for this fight, because Kongo's mat skills are just as horrible, or worse, than Mirko's.
Expect a brief, brutal standup war that ends with Kongo getting KTFO by the greatest pure striker in the sport today.
Bisping and Hamill is another decent little scrap, one that is a toss up dependant on a number of factors. Hamill is another wrestler who, for whatever god awful reason, has decided he wants to be a striker. If he stands and trades with Bisping, expect Bisping to win by early stoppage. If Hamill takes it to the ground like we know he can, I expect the deaf bastard to put up a good fight, possibly winning by SD or MD.
All in all, this is a GREAT card and I'm sad as a motherfucker that I'll be in Shanghai and probably having to stream this shit like I'm stealing it.