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    I was thinking about some of the fighters that won this weekend and who they might fight next. Lesnar will be fighting Nog or Mir and Florian will be fighting Penn but I think there are some good fights out there for some of the other fighters.

    Demian Maia vs. Thales Leites- Both guys are animals on the ground so that could be a great battle. I think this matchup because I think it will be a bjj guy who will beat Anderson so the winner of this could get a shot.

    Maia vs. Marquardt- another potential match up for Maia that would really test his game.

    Dustin Hazelett vs. Sanchez- Both are great grapplers it would be interesting to see how Hazelett would hold up under the pressure from sanchez and if Sanchez could avoid the subs.

    Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin- Gonzaga has fought a couple of cans his last two fights so its time to get him back in some serious fights. This would be Carwins first real test so we could find out how is if he is pushed past the first few minutes and how good is top game is against a legit grappler.

    Aaron Riley vs. Jeremy Stephens- both of these guys like to stand and bang and they both have great chins so it could be another war.

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    I would love to see Maia vs Marquardt.

    I personally would like to see how Cain Velasquez would do against Gonzaga. It might be rushing Cain in against a very seasoned fighter a little too soon, but I'm also anxious to see what Cain can do against some of the better Heavyweights.


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    Sanchez is an awful match up for Hazelett IMO. Sanchez is a world class grappler, having competed in ADCC and having had very competitive grappling matches with the likes of Marcelo Garcia. I'd rather see Hazelett against one of the big time wrestlers in the division. Maybe Fitch, but I think that's too far too fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DH View Post
    I would love to see Maia vs Marquardt.

    I personally would like to see how Cain Velasquez would do against Gonzaga. It might be rushing Cain in against a very seasoned fighter a little too soon, but I'm also anxious to see what Cain can do against some of the better Heavyweights.
    Those would both be very interesting.

    And a side note: Gonzaga keeps being thrown out as a potential pitfall for Brock, but I have never seen him show much BJJ from his back. He is a good grappler and has good takedowns, GNP, and top control, but he was dominated on his back by both verdum and Randy. Does anyone know just how deep the BJJ background is for Gonzaga, or does anyone know of a fight he won using BJJ from his back? I have admittedly only seen his last half dozen fights or so and would like to hear from someone better informed about him. The answers would also help form my opinion of how Cain would fare.

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    I was one of the ones who brought up the Gonzaga / Lesnar matchup - not necessarily as a pitfall prediction but as an interesting matchup and someone who could be a challenge. Gonzaga is a bit of an enigma in that he is one of those guys who has looked really, really good at times and not so good other times. Not sure whether that is a matter of focus and preparation or a matter of competition level. He is closer to Brock in size, has good standup (with both punches & kicks and hits harder than anyone Brock has faced), and as far as his BJJ - he is a black belt and 2006 world champion.
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    I'm SO glad to see the always entertaining Aaron Riley back in the cage and getting his hand raised. He is a classic overachiever with limited athletic ability and an almost Nogueira-like chin.

    Riley has always been one of my very favorite fighters and I've been to close to half of his fights. His 2nd bout with Yves Edwards was the stuff of legends--still one of the best fights I've ever seen.

    Biases aside, he's had zero boring fights that I've seen. He loves to bang and he's a fighter who will take your best shot in order to try to land his best shot. That's a great trait for a fighter to have. I hope JB White keeps him in the stable b/c he's made a career of being in exciting, action-packed fights.
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    Dingo is Riley an Indiana boy?

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    Yes. He started fighting at 16. He also wrestled in HS, but he didn't make it to state or anything. He helped legitimize HooknShoot as one of the best minor league MMA orgs in the country.
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    Dingo - Speaking of Indiana, have you ever been to Anderson? Just watched "Driving Dirty - Thundercars of Indiana" on HBO. Two comments:

    1. It's a shame what is happening to that town.
    2. The people that compete at that racetrack ... well, all I can say is ... wow.


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