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Tallica19812011-04-13 21:13:51 +0000 #1
The last Strikeforce show has made me more ecxited about cross promotional matchups in a way that i haven't been since the days of Pride.

How would you break down the following fights in a couple of sentences?

Melendez v Edgar - Really hard fight for me to call. I was leaning towards Frankie, but Melendez is one of the most improved MMA fighters over the past couple of years. I think I would give a slight edge to Melendez now.

Melendez v Maynard - I think Melendez makes him look bad. I think Gil can stuff his shot, and make him look bad on the feet. If gray gets him down, he won't keep him there.

Melendez v a motivated Penn - Another tough call. I think BJ could take him if he came in and worked a good boxing game. Depends on how long BJ can keep stuffing the takedown.

Diaz v T. Alvez - After watching him weather the storm against Daley and break him down, I think this is one of the most exciting fights to be made in all of MMA. Don't know who to pick.

Diaz v Fitch - I think Fitch plays it smart and can grind him out.

Diaz v Penn - I think this fight is hard to pick too. Diaz can use his range on the feet, and the ground would be interesting. Penn has the advantage on the floor, but not sure if he puts diaz away. Diaz at 170 would probably outlast him and start picking him apart on the feet. Diaz takes a 5 round fight, not sure about a 3.

LordZardoz2011-04-13 21:25:06 +0000 #2
I have not seen enough of Melendez's fights to have an informed opinion about how he would do against the top guys in the UFC. But I did watch the replays of the last 2 Nick Diaz fights prior to the main Strikeforce card.

Nick Diaz vs BJ Penn: This would probably be an awesome fight to watch, and I would say it is a close one as both fighters have basically the same strengths; Both are dangerous strikers with a top level submission game. I think that if Diaz sticks his chin out like he did against Daley, that BJ will blast him. Outside of that, I think Diaz gets the finish.

Nick Diaz vs Josh Koschek: I would say that Koschek takes him down and lays on him for a while and finds a way to get caught in a submission attempt.

Nick Diaz vs Jon Fitch: Diaz likes to attack his opponents where they are strongest. I say Diaz will try to take Jon Fitch down and then lay on Fitch while grinding out a win with short elbows.

Nick Diaz vs George St Pierre: I say Diaz is screwed. Nick likes to attack an opponent where they are strongest, and Georges St Pierre likes to attack on opponents weak points. Georges has only lost when he either was intimidated by his opponent (against Hughes the first time), or when he was looking past them (against Matt Serra). That would not happen here. I think that this fight looks something like a cross between GSP / Hardy and GSP / BJ Pen 2.

Tallica19812011-04-13 22:02:15 +0000 #3
I really think gilbert has to be #2 in the world right now. #3 at the lowest. He is basically undefeated. He has avenged his 2 losses in dominant fasion and has gotten exponentially better since.

How do you see a Diaz/Alves fight? I think the big wrestlers at 170 give him fits (fitch, Kos, GSP) until he proves otherwise. Anyone else in in for one hell of a fight.
LordZardoz2011-04-13 22:01:31 +0000 #4
I am also not as familiar with Thiago Alvez except for knowing he is an aggressive Mui Thai striker. Wikipedia also says he has a brown belt in BJJ. He looked great vs John Howard (that fight I do remember watching).

Alvez has been taken to a decision in his last couple of fights, and it does not speak well of a fighter known for striking to be taken to a decision that many times in a row. Both Diaz and Alvez are good strikers with BJJ. I think that Diaz has fought and beaten better strikers Thiago Alvez, and I am convinced Diaz has vastly superior BJJ.

My guess is that it would look like Diaz vs Cyborg. Alvez will keep it standing until Diaz gets the better of it and then try to go to ground and get caught.

Best80smovieRAD2011-04-13 22:48:21 +0000 #5
This thread title made me immediately think of DX

ATroms2011-04-13 22:13:06 +0000 #6
Melendez vs Edgar - Total toss up. I dont necessarily believe that Edgar has expanded his arsenal, rather mastered all of the potential he was showing back in 2007. Edgar wins by unanimous decison

Melendez vs Gray - Another tough one. I give the edge to Gilbert here only because Gray would have to put him on his back, keep him there, and probably win the fight on strikes from top postion via decision. Gilbert wins by split decision

Melendez vs Penn - If a motivated 2007 version of BJ fights the 2011 version of Gilbert (at 155), i see something very similar to the Joe Daddy fight at UFC 80. Unfortunately for BJ that seems like ages ago... Gilbert reduces him to rubble from top postition of some sort, Gilbert wins by unanimous decision

Diaz vs Alves - Nick has shown numerous times that he can beat you after being wounded. Alves just hits too hard for that this time around... Alves wins by 2nd round TKO

Diaz vs Fitch - Nick runs his mouth off too much pre-fight and gets a different kind of monster out of Fitch. Jon finally gets himself a TKO stoppage win by damage to Nick's face, possibly between rounds.

Diaz vs Penn - Tough one here... If the fight were to be stopped for any reason id say BJ's the winner. If it goes to decision, Diaz wins whether its 3 rounds, or 5...



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