Now, first let me preface this by saying that by no means do I think that Paulo Thiago is an elite WW (yet). The KO he scored over Koscheck was more a result of a brain fart on Kos' part than anything.
However, I just don't get all the negative feedback he's gotten so far. The truth of the matter is, Paulo is still a bit of a question mark. Sure his striking's a bit sloppy, but he proved that he at least has power; however, his jiu jitsu skills are top rate, and he actually has some pretty good wrestling- if you watch his fights, he often executes some huge takedowns/ judo throws. Here's a highlight of his fights in Brazil:
As you can see, he rocks several opponents standing, and finishes up with a sub. IMO, he's still quite a good prospect. Even though Fitch will probably beat him (probably by decision), I think he has a bright future. If he can somehow replicate his miraculous victory over Kos, then he'll be right in the mix for a title shot.
What does everyone here at the BE community think of Paulo?
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