I was a doubter of the quality of the affliction mma athletes at first, but now... I can't help but be impressed. I still think most of these guys would have a hard time back in the UFC, but maybe I'm wrong. After all I thought Baby Fedor would destroy buentello until I saw how far buentello has come.
As long as Affliction can hang in there they will improve. It's guarunteed, every day the sport attracts more attention, more exposure, and thus more athletes. And they all can't go to UFC. Not to mention wiht no real organized amateur circuit, UFC can't just grab all the talented guys.
This looks like a solid card.
Hopefully they learn to market their up and comers. Basing around Fedor is a safe bet, but long term they are going to need other headliners.
I agree they need to market for guys other than fedor. I think relying on Fedor is a mistake, and elite xc showed us what happens when you put your company's fate on one man's shoulders. Obviously Fedor is a much much much more experienced fighter, but anyone can lose, anyone can get caught.
Picking Sobral over Mousasi was a tough one. Babulu has faced much tougher competition than Mousasi and to me he make a safer pick. Go look at Babalu's record. He's been in with some tough SOBs. I will rooting for Mousasi.
Heiron was an easier one for me. If you were fighting Daley, how would you fight him? The question for me in this fight is can Heiron take him down? If he can then he wins. If they stand and bang, it's anyone's fight.
Yeah...Sobral is a tough SOB...who has beaten tough SOB's...but Mousasi is a different type of challenge. The only way he'll beat Mousasi is if he hangs for 3 rounds and eeks out a decision over him. But I don't see it lasting that long.
As for Hieron and Daley...I do agree that if Hieron does take him down,he can win. He's no submission expert..but he has good wrestling. But he does have a knack for thinking he's a "banger" sometimes....which he is not. Daley is on another level in that aspect.
We'll see if Daley's training with Manhoef and Alliance MMA(Brandon Vera and Ribeiro brothers) will give him that extra edge over Hieron.
We'll have to see. Most people may not know, becuase of most of his fights, that he is/was an very good an well known grappler before his MMA days.
I would have to go back and watch, but I recall him doing pretty good against Fedor. I thought he may of even taken him down? His submissions should still be pretty good as well. I think my biggest concern is just his age, more importanly his MMA age.
I making my prediction on the assumption that Hieron doesn't stand and bang. I agree that this assertion is a big one.