Originally Posted by Reborn
BJ Penn would destroy him at 155. Faber's height is really going to limit him in moving up to 155 as I see him being a great match up for Sean Sherk but having a similar outcome as Sherk when attempting to fight BJ Penn.
EliteXC is a joke and it makes me sick that a lot of people watching MMA for the first time had to watch a bunch of amatuers. The worst of all the stoppages was the Gina Carano-Kaitlin Young match. It wasn't even stopped by the doctor or the fighter. When the commission gets involved simply because it was a females face about to split on network TV it's time for it to stay on cable.
If it's going to be tamed down for network TV with multiple early stoppages then it should stay on cable.
Penn brought Faber into his last training camp to simulate Sherk. I agree that Penn would own Faber, but Penn would own anybody at 155. Faber wants to avenge his only loss, to Tyson Griffin at 155. If he can beat Griffin, he can be competitive at LW, particularly after Penn leaves the weight class to fight GSP. I would like to see Faber fight Frankie Edgar at 145 first.
I wasn't too disturbed by the Carano-Young stoppage, because I wasn't that interested in that fight. If the backlash against a woman getting her face split open takes women's MMA off the card, I say good. I thought the Kimbo-Thompson stoppage was a bit premature, but the fight probably would have ended 10-15 seconds later. What was EliteXC thinking letting Thompson into the cage with that nasty cauliflower ear? Drain and tape that sucker! The Smith-Lawler stoppage was completely inexcusable.
Originally Posted by m@T
ya, Zuffa has to work out what it wants to do with WEC though. If it wants it as a minor league - ok, fine...then get the top talent into the UFC (where Faber and Condit and one or two others would therefore belong), and use it accordingly. If it wants it to be a lighter weight supplement to the UFC - then maybe throw out the bigger boys altogether, bring a few heavyweights into the UFC (where the heavyweight talent pool is drying up) and look get the top fights in the lighter divisions more exposure on UFC cards for WEC titles ... or something. At the moment WEC is a little neither here nor there.
I've read that the UFC is thinking of getting rid of the WEC's higher weight classes, which are very thin. The problem is that with the exception of a few fighters (Condit, Filho, Sonnen), most of the fighters in those classes are not UFC-caliber. Where would they go? And Filho, who was one of the top MWs in the world when he fought in PRIDE, won't find Anderson Silva because they're friends.