Champions like GSP and BJ Penn previously have removed following their challenger to player and gain, that for me allows the challenger chance to turn protection into strike and allows the challenger an improved chance at whipping the champion.
BJ Penn shown at UFC 107 he’s by the very best fighter at 155 and has to drop ever as the most effective at 155. What involved me more is how many challengers suggest they are able to set BJ out and have the skills to do so. BJ has struggled up welterweight and won battles, he’s struggled legends such as for instance Matt Hughes and GSP for brands, he has also previously struggled current gentle heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida when pressing over 205 catchweight. Recall BJ Penn has been champion at both welterweight (champion at UFC 46 and stripped when he signed for K-1) and lightweight defended because UFC 80, he has beaten Joe Stevenson, Sean Sherk, Kenny Florian and lately Diego Sanchez at UFC mayweather vs mcgregor.
In addition, it goes for GSP, he has defended his subject 3 times, every challenger implies they will beat GSP, again his skills, perseverance and champion attitude ensures he wins the struggle before he enters the octagon. GSP has been champion because UFC 83, he’s defended against Jon Fitch at UFC 87, BJ Penn aka “greasegate” at UFC 94 and Thiago Alves at UFC 100.
If you move up to middleweight, what can you claim about Anderson Silva? The Brazilian has beaten every challenger in front of him for years, he moved as much as gentle heavyweight and beaten a former champion in Forest Griffin and harmful striker James Irwin. There are many calls for Anderson to intensify and struggle education partner and current champ Lyoto Machida but refuses do to being friends. Very noble but fundamentally he gets the skills to beat the dragon.
The only real problem in this argument is if Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar are adequate to be long haul champions at their respective weights. Lyoto has only defended his title when, which had depends upon issue the effect against other Brazilan Shogun Rua. The rematch is born for March 2010. You then have former WWE champion who is a thought in his 4 fights in the UFC, he has beaten star Randy Couture, Joe Mir at their rematch and Heath Hearing.
His downfall maybe when he battles tactical and really technical practitioners as his organic energy and shear measurement will scare 90% of heavyweights. Brock seems to be finding within the worst of his accidents and has been penciled into fight in July against number one challenger Shane Carwin. For me equally have the capacity to be champion for a lot of battles but doubt they’ll for the shear truth the quality of challengers in both weights.
Shogun Rua, current number one contender and recently missing to Machida at UFC 104. The rematch is penciled in for UFC 113. Rua hasn’t found his most useful since joining the UFC but Dana White and Joe Silva see him as the number one. There are three practitioners who positively would give Shogun dilemmas if he wins the title.
Anderson Silva, current UFC middleweight winner has fought twice at the heavier fat and damaged both former winner Forrest Griffin and John Irwin within the initial rounds. He does not battle with the heavier practitioners and individually speaking I think he can trouble anyone. He has explained he would not fight stable companion Lyoto Machida.