10/15/2009 12:53pm, #1
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Current UFC Champions: Dominant for how long?
I am interested what other Bullies think of the likelihood of the current UFC champions retaining their belts for an extended period of time.
Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar
Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida
Middleweight: Anderson Silva
Welterweight: Georges St-Pierre
Lightweight: BJ Penn
I am under the impression that, at present, many of the champions seem to have or come close to clearing out the top-tier challengers in their weight-class. Are the current UFC champions expected to dominate their divisions for an extended period (i.e. a dynasty)? Or is my projection completely off-base, and it is seen as more likely that we will have one or more new champions?
10/15/2009 12:59pm, #2
I'm sure Lesnar's reign is the most unsecure one. While heavies are quite thin on good challengers Brock just doesn't have that much experience yet.
Others -- it's MMA, so you never really know. Anything can and will happen given enough time. All of the other four seem shoulders above opposition in their own weight classes and Silva even in the one up.
Who do you consider the most serious candidates for defeating the current champs? I haven't been watching MMA that closely lately, so I can't really name anyone except maybe Carwin for HW.Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
10/15/2009 1:00pm, #3
Lesnar, not very long. Too many hungry up and comers.
Anderson, a while yet.
Machida, at least a year. He will be unstoppable until someone figures out how to beat his style.
GSP, hopefully forever.
BJ, meh. He could loose it at anytime.
10/15/2009 4:17pm, #4
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We'll get a much better picture of the HW division after the Carwin fight, where I think Lesnar will really have to pull out all the stops to hang on to the belt. The competition is still pretty fierce though, and Velasquez, Kongo, and Nelson come to mind as potential top-level challengers.
It's hard to imagine Lyoto, Anderson, or Georges losing the belt, as they all certainly seem many levels above their closest competition, especially after their recent victories. Anderson will probably retire before giving up the belt, since he's only got a few fights left on his contract. Lyoto's such a wildcard, I can't currently think of anyone who can take him, but the LHWs are a stacked division, and we haven't seen him pushed to his limit yet. Georges is probably the most dominant champion of the three in terms of skill relative to division talent, but we've seen that a single bad night can really set him back a peg. For GSP and Machida, I think the night they lose their respective belts will be the one nobody saw coming.
Penn did well against Florian, and no one really comes to mind when I think of legit challengers, but I wanna see how he holds up with his new conditioning program before proclaiming him unbeatable.
10/15/2009 4:26pm, #5
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Anderson might retire soon, Machida seems to have similar fighting style with Anderson and might hold on to the belt for a few more years. GSP and BJ Penn also seem secure. Brock might not be the champion that long.
10/15/2009 5:12pm, #6
I reckon they will all struggle to hold on to their belts for more than 10 or so years, maybe even earlier depending on whether someone better comes along.
10/15/2009 5:53pm, #7
GSP is going to hold the belt until he retires.
10/15/2009 6:22pm, #8
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