Alright folks. The first fight is in the books. According to us BElitists, Cain Velasquez wins by a land slide, garnering 67 percent of the votes, the majority of which coming by way of KO/TKO.
Time for round 2.
The brackets are as follows:
(the Numbers in front of the name are the promotional rankings, and the number in the parenthesis are the USA TODAY / SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings)
- UFC #1 Cain Velasquez (#1) vs.
Strikeforce #8 Sergei Kharitonov (#30)
- UFC # 4 Shane Carwin(#6) vs. Strikeforce #5 Josh Barnett (#11)
- Strikeforce #2 Fabricio Werdum(#4) vs. UFC #7 Brendan Schaub (#13)
- Strikeforce #3 Alistair Overeem(#8) vs. UFC # 6 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (#9)
- UFC #2 Brock Lesnar (#2) vs. Strikeforce #7 Andrei Arlovski (#16)
- UFC #3 Junior Dos Santos (#5) vs. Strikeforce #6 Brett Rogers (#12)
- Strikeforce #1 Fedor Emelianenko(#3) vs. UFC #8 Roy Nelson (#14)
- Strikeforce #4 Antonio Silva(#14) vs. UFC #5 Frank Mir (#7)
What I will do (if anyone has read this far along) I put up a new poll every couple of day, until we have the official #1 Heavyweight crowned.
Time for the voting
Pro's for Werdum:
- JiuJitsu:Its no secret where Werdum's strength is. He's coming off of a first round submission win over the greatest Heavyweight of all time, and if he can get the fight to the ground, he shouldn't have a problem with Schaub.
- Experience:Werdum has been a consistent top 10 HW for the past few years now. He's fought some of the best in the business, holding wins over Fedor, Bigfoot, Aleks Emelianenko, Overeem, and Gab Gonzaga (x's 2). He's also fought, and lost, to Dos Santos, Arlovski, Big Nog, and Kharitonov. Even with the losses, that is some very stiff competition.
- Well rounded-ness: Although Werdums strengths are on the ground, he does have serviceable stand up, and has shown that he can deliver some brutal enough G'n'P to end fights. His striking probably wont win him a fight against Schaub, but it might be good enough for him to set up a take-down or to bring the fight to the ground when needed.
Pro's for Schaub:
- Well Roundedness: Although Schaub hasn't fought the competition that Werdum has, he has shown that he is a true Hybrid fighter. He doesn't come from one specific back ground, but has shown that he's serviceable in both wrestling and stand-up, and although we haven't seen it, he holds the rank of Purple belt in BJJ (which will probably do nothing for him against Werdum). Against Gonzaga, and better striker then Werdum, Schaub was able to find his distance and pick Gabe apart throughout the whole fight. If he could find his range against Werdum, and not follow him to the ground, he has a chance of winning by UD, or KO.
- Camp: Right now there isn't a more popular camp in MMA then Jacksons Submission Fighting. And while Schaub technically fights out of Grudge Training in Colorado, the two camps are really one in the same. That said, Greg Jackson and Trevor Whitman really are master game planners. They would have Schaub preped and ready for everything that Werdum is going to throw at him. Whether or not Schaub would be able to follow the game plan, and keep the fight standing is another story, but you can bet that "The Hybrid" will know exactly what he wants to do, and how he wants the fight to go, well before he gets into the ring/octagon.
Alright peeps. Lets see who will advance in this battle of young Heavyweights!