Originally posted by blunderdog
I don't know if Lawler was tentative because he's had problems with Woodley before in workouts or if he was trying to conserve his energy knowing that the muscle-bound Woodley had a history of tiring in the later rounds. Woodley might have trouble with Nick Diaz because of Diaz's size. Diaz also has tremendous cardio and runs marathons. Woodley's chin i ...[text shortened]... aging Nate Marquardt. The one Woodley definitely has to avoid is Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.
This is certainly a different fighter now in Woodley. Robbie although all your points were really good, I think Robbie was not conserving energy. He comes out swinging from bell to bell. I think he knew Woodley could take him down, and Woodley attempted a few level changes and on the second level change, he faked and came up with the over hand right. And that punch would have put anyone away in that division.
But I am still not sold on Woodley. I don't think his chin is suspect just yet. If he gets hit again, and goes out cold? Then absolutely I will think that as well. As for Diaz, although I think Diaz is a better all around fighter, in all aspects of the sport, he is not strong enough to stop the take downs especially against the highest rated wrestlers. Woodley will just keep taking him down every round and unless Woodley does something stupid? Woodley I think would win based on that. Diaz would have to stuff those take downs and his jits would have to really aggressive.
I wish Diaz, both of them, would have worked harder over the last decade on their wrestling a bit. But their Jits should be enough to stop any wrestler if they are strong enough to hold them when grappling.
I never heard in any of the interviews that Robbie had trouble in practices with him, except with wrestling. But nothing that would give him pause in any way.
But that does not mean it is not true just because I did not hear it. I think Woodley is a bit to cocky already, calling out GSP????? GSP would kill him. And Wonderboy Stephens if he is able to hold him off and stuff the takedowns? Woodley will never get near him to hit him. And I think Woodley would get knocked out cold. But if Woodley gets him down? Woodley wins. Who ever imposes their will early, and more often will win that fight. But Woodley is doing mostly talking about "getting his pay day." Not a way a champion talks on national tv wearing the belt. Plus he said he did not care what the fans thought.
I don't think he will have the belt long and I really hope if he fights Diaz? I hope and would love Diaz to win it. I was happy for Bisping when he won. Nobody deserves it more then Bisping. He fights Henderson again next it looks like.
If GSP comes back for UFC 205, think about how big that even will be? It will have to be an outdoor stadium to hold such an event. And I agree with you that Woodley should avoid Wonderboy. In fact he already said on live tv, on Fox Sports 1 to DC and Florian that he will not fight Stephens. I think he knows he would be in trouble.
What do you think of Jones destroying his career? And who do you pick for Connor vs Diaz?? Great post on your part. It's great to see someone who knows the sport as well as you do.