My thoughts on Fedor part 2.
by, 03-08-2010 at 06:11 AM (819 Views)
10. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32 - 5 Ė 1) He is the fighter that really started making me think about this more and more. A lot of what I said about Cro Cop @ 8 can be said about Big Nog. He beat a lot of what we thought, or at least what I thought, were really good approaching great fighters. However, it could be that he beat a lot of really good approaching class B fighters instead. Unlike Cro Cop, there is a pretty good chance Nog has slowed down since coming to the UFC. The dude has been in some great battles. The question is, were they great battles with great fighters or just good fighters. Thatís what I'm not real sure about anymore. Nog has looked like crap for the most part since coming to the UFC. He nearly lost and some refs might have even stopped it when he fought Heath. Timmey was owning him until Timmey had a brain fart; and Mir just made him look like heís 40+. He did look much, much better fighting Randy but we really don't know where Randy is right now either. Donít get me wrong, I think Nog was/is/can be a great fighter, I just have some doubts now. He really had a hard time finishing Sapp and took a lot of damage in the process. So while I still have doubts, I will say this is a good win even though Fedor couldnít do what Mir did and thatís stop him. Value is 8.5 out of 10.
11. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32 - 5 Ė 1) See #10.
So thatís his last 11 fights and I feel pretty good saying he only beat 1 really good HW in Nog. Lets look back a little bit farther.
12. Naoya Ogawa (7 - 2 Ė 0) Sakuraba, he was not. Umm, I guess his big win against the Giant earned him the right to fight Fedor. Huh, ok. How about a value of 1 out of 10?
13. Kevin Randleman (17 - 13 Ė 0) At this point, all the crap that Randleman had stuck into his body had caught up with him IMO. He could have been a pretty good 205er but kept trying to fight HW. I do like this fight because it gave us one of the greatest slam highlights ever but whatever skill Randleman had was pretty much gone at this point. He was coming off back to back losses when he caught Cro Cop with a big devastating punch. Beating Cro Cop earned him the right to fight Fedor. I highly doubt Randleman was in the top 10 at this time since he really wasnít even a real HW. But either way, Fedor beat him just like 4 of the next 6 other fighters did and like 2 of the previous 3 did. Randleman has only won 3 of his last 11 fights so I guess I will give the win a value of 3 out of 10. It was billed as a great fight and until I just got done looking at The Monsters numbers, I would have thought I could have scored it higher but I canít.
14. Mark Coleman (16 - 9 Ė 0) It would be easy and lazy to say see #6 but I donít think thatís fair with this one. While Coleman was already on the downside of his fighting career, he was still a pretty good fighter IMO. He had revived his career in Pride and won 7 of his 9 Pride fights against some pretty good names. Maybe only good class B fighters but they were still good wins. I think I would give this fight a value of 7 out of 10 just because Coleman had been doing good. This may be a higher score than it should be, but Coleman did have a pretty good ground game.
15. Yuji Nagata (0 - 2 Ė 0) Who in the Yakuza did this guy piss off??? They make his only two fights against Fedor and Cro Cop. Iím thinking 0 out of 10 would be a good value for this guy.
16. Gary Goodridge (23 - 19 Ė 1) A guy that still had very good hands but was already old and fat. It had been about 6 years and 19 fights since Big Daddy had a good win. Again, just another named fighter Fedor beat. 2 out of 10 seems fair.
That covers the last 6 years of his career. Guys, I have convinced myself. Fedor is not the god I thought he was. Is he a good fighter, oh heck yeah! Is he the best ever, I donít think so. Is he the best HW right now, Iím starting to question that as well. He is not the MMA god like we all pretended he was/is. Sadly, this weekend most likely won't teach us anything new. Fedor will just beat another guy he had no business fighting.