Originally Posted by Rogga
I feel the same way. Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch? I thought he came to the UFC to step up in competition?
I know fighter scheduling has a bit to do with it (Belcher just fought Palhares, Belfort got injured, etc.), but even if Lombard beats Boetsch in the first round, I still wouldn't be like, "Title shot!" It's like all the people who suddenly think Nate Marquardt can beat Silva, somehow forgetting they fought before and that fight wasn't even close.
People on TV say I should be excited about Baroa vs. Faber. Meh.
I'll read about the fights on Sunday. If I missed out, I missed out.
That and the fact that uhhh Nate is now a WELTERWEIGHT and not a middleweight.
Boetsch knocked out Oakami (even if he was losing) who was just ranked in the top 5, before his lose to Silva.
Your argument is pretty weak.
For what it's worth, I think Belcher is probably the most underrated contender at this point. Lombard is a beast but I think if he fought someone who had decent footwork that allowed them to keep distance, he wouldn't hulk smash them. I do believe if Hector touches anyone's chin, they're going down.
Weidman probably does represent the biggest challenge to Silva with his wrestling credentials. I pointed it out the other week but the middleweight division is light on wrestlers in general - but also good MMA wrestlers. LW, WW and LHW seems to have gotten them all.
It's my opinion that if Sonnen stuck to the game plan, he had that fight won through a slow and grinding decision.