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Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:15 pm

WOW

There are two different brackets floating around. This one was released prior to the next one:

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I'm hoping for the former because it sets up a HUGELY exciting final whereas in the latter, that fight will most likely take place in the SEMI's of the left bracket.

Either way I'm super pumped. AA and Fedor fighting the day before my birthday, too :lol: . I have no problem calling this one of the most amazing lineups in MMA history
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:21 pm

The first two pairs of quarterfinal fights will take place at Strikeforce 31 and 32, on February 12 in New Jersey and March 5 in Columbus, Ohio respectively.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby hoffmeister » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:30 pm

Yeah this is great. I wanna see Overeem vs Fedor in the finale.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby JP » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:09 am

hoffmeister wrote:Yeah this is great. I wanna see Overeem vs Fedor in the finale.


thats it!

fedor has been having a free ride for too long will be nice to see him facing a solid guy.

(that one submission nonwithstanding)
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby Clem Snide » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:54 pm

Is Fedor past his peak yet? I don't follow too closely.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:39 pm

Clem Snide wrote:Is Fedor past his peak yet? I don't follow too closely.


IMO yes, but just barely. He's still the top HW in the world and still a major threat to all but maybe 1 other fighter out there.

That being said, I can see him retiring after this tournament.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby JP » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:16 pm

my answer would be who knows - but he doesnt have the evidence to back his hype up. Continuously avoiding to enter the biggest arena in the game and only fighting, what, once a year? So he is not really proving himself.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby Clem Snide » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:22 am

^Aye it does seem a shame. I can see him finally going to UFC for some huge pay day in a year or two to fight some other old HW, but it will be too late to mean anything.

still a major threat to all but maybe 1 other fighter out there.


Who's that, Arlovski? Or BJ Penn maybe..? :D
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:49 pm

Clem Snide wrote:
still a major threat to all but maybe 1 other fighter out there.


Overeem :) A threat to him still, but not a "major" threat.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:50 pm

UK viewing details.

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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby SpugFab » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:09 pm

Sigh :(

I like the look of this, but not at £25.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:01 pm

Alright who's got predictions?

I'm thinking Fedor by submission and AA by KO.

Silva is essentially un-knock-out-able, so I see Fedor rushing him, dropping him and latching on a sub. He won't be as careless as he was against Werdum, and Silva's ground game isn't as polished as Werdum's anyway. Silva is dangerous from any position, but if he couldn't KO AA he won't KO Fedor.

The Kharitonov/Arlovski fight is much closer. They're both extremely similar stylistically--both have a Sambo base (Kharitonov used to train with Red Devil, Fedor's former team), and both have resorted to classical boxing later in their careers. I'm having trouble looking at this objectively b/c AA was the first big name fighter that I was a real fan of, and I want to see him come back with avengance.

That being said, Kharitonov has only had 3 fights in 3.5 years, two of which are wins against cans. That's not to say AA did much better (three straight losses), but his competition was significantly more accomplished than Kharitonov's and AA looked really good against Fedor and Silva. Kharitonov also just got humiliated by a no-name K1 fighter on NYE, a fight for which he essentially didn't train.

It looks like AA's mind is getting back on the right track--he's back with Dino Costeas, the BJJ coach who was the mastermind behind the old AA's title run and reign. This guys role in AA's camp can't be overstated. All this being said, I think AA takes this and moves on to face the winner of Barnett/Rogers, neither of whom are super threatening to Arlovski.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby Heinrich » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:59 pm

Id say Fedor gets a decision. But I know too little about Silva to have a meaningful reason behind it.

And as much as I would love to see Arlovski win, Im afraid when Silva could beat him in boxing, Kharitonov probably will too.
Im still gonna root for AA.
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby KC Masterpiece » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:34 pm

jesus worst night of my mma-fandom :cry:
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Re: Strikeforce HW GP

Postby Twoism » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:55 pm

Hey guys, new vegan here and I'm a huge MMA fan.

Really disappointed with Fedors loss but that's MMA. He didn't seem to have much of a game plan and I gotta say Silva looked impressive. Fedor did well to survive the second round and I reckon he could have won had it gone to the third round. But that's irrelevent really because it would have been wrong to let him fight with a completely closed eye - props to Silva.

A lot of haters say Fedor was always hype but his record speaks for its self. Yeah hes not fought much the last 5 years and he hasn't fought top 10 HW fighters but he crushed 2 former UFC champs (admittedly past their prime, but only just) but these were still tough guys.

Hope Fedor doesn't retire but if his desire to fight is gone then maybe he should. I hope he comes back with avengence (and a game plan - seemed like he thought he would just "zulu" him).

I'm not surprised with Karitanov's win. He showed a lot of potential in the 2004 HW GP but never materialised. His boxing has always been dangerous though and Arlowski has always had a weak chin.

Overeem has gotta be the favourite now without a doubt.
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