Sorry for the hijack but this is an interesting discussion
I agree with xen on all points except BJ would get faber out of there.
Faber beat jens solidly, but Penn annihilated him. Penn annihilated sherk. Destruct and destroyed joe stevenson, beat the piss out of Gomi. slapped around both renzo and rodrigo gracie, fought better against machida than rich franklin, tito ortiz, and sokodjou. Also lost a narrow decision to GSP, and is 1-1 against matt hughes
so, i dont see Faber offering any threat to BJ[/quote]
Valid points all of them but the Math doesn’t add up. Styles make fights so “So and so beat so and so therefore beats this other guy” doesn’t add up to much.
Penn’s style and skillset is a great matchup for Machida though this is a ridiculous accomplishment because of the weight and what not.
I knew right off the bat that BJ would beat Pulver style-wise but that I could never call Faber/Pulver.
If Gomi and BJ met NOW i think gomi would fucking destroy BJ. Or at least be one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. Gomi is a completely different animal now.
Joe stevenson should have never been matched up with BJ, i mean sure he had to beat him to get to the interim title but it was never really equal fighters. I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did really.
Sherk/BJ was even worse…there’s nothing in Sherks skillset (that we’ve seen him actually use) that could contend with BJ. At the MOST he could get a freak knockout, because even on the ground he’d end up just getting subbed.
—> fyi I predicted the same with Hendo/Silva, skillsets were just too different.
Style-wise I think everything that sherk was SUPPOSED to be able to do to BJ (Pressure, GnP, frustrate him standing, clinch, leg kicks (if u notice bj and his camp don’t really check kicks) ) Faber can actually pull off. On top of this he has other skillsets to fall back on.
based on style i see him doing more than razor rob (who as of recently hasn’t shown me much) or jamie varner (i need to see varner fight more actually).
Perfect example of style though is Gomi when he fought BJ versus the Gomi we see now.
Pure wrestler vs a very developed striker now with the most powerful punches at 170lbs. He literally BROKE Nick Diaz’s face. and those were shitty arm punches when he was dead tired. Diaz is a fucking warrior but a game Gomi takes just about anyone…especially if BJ moves up 170 again… Hell if he moves up to 170 he has to get past GSP first… and if GSP is on his game then this will be laughable.