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  1. How about a hundred bucks towards a new iPhone?
  2. I feel ripped off. I re-upped a year ago for three years on a new Torch. I am a big proponent of buying Canadian when possible, but had i known then what I know now, there's no WAY I would have gotten another bb.
  3. My rudimentary analysis of the Silva vs. GSP fight: Striking: Silva has a clear advantage here. Silva has a God given talent for knocking guys out. Looking at him, you wouldn't think so. His arms aren't particularly big, but it just seems that when he hits you, you go down. Remember that Griffin/Silva fight? He pawed at him and damn near knocked Forrest out. It was amazing. Add into the mix his kicks with those freakishly long legs and you have a KO waiting to happen. GSP is an excellent striker, and if you don't believe me, just ask Koscheck. He has excellent kicks, very accurate punches, and his strikes don't lose power as the fight progresses due to his endurance. His striking accuracy is 57% and his average landed strikes per 15 mins is 57.46. Silva's is 67% and 45.17 respectively. GSP is moderately less accurate and moderately more active. Not much to chose from in this as one essentially cancels out the other. But in power, Silva takes this category. Takedowns/Takedown Defence: There are few fighters in the UFC better at taking an opponent down at will than GSP. His wrestling is exceptional (regarded as the best in the UFC), and his intelligence about when to shoot or clinch for a takedown gives him a clear advantage here. It is unlikely that Silva will be able to stuff GSP throughout the match, and eventually, unless he is able to KO GSP, he will find himself on his back with GSP on top of him. Silva has never faced a groundfighter quite like GSP. Sonnen was a fierce challenge for him, and if it were not for his one mistake he may well have beaten Silva. GSP is a better wrestler than Sonnen, at least as good and ground striking, and a far superior BJJ practitioner than Sonnen. With Sonnen, Silva only had to worry about the strikes, and could adjust his defence to suit that. With GSP on top of him, he will have to defend against strikes and submissions, plus GSP's excellent ability to pass the guard and improve his position in general. Silva is quite capable of attacking from his back, both in BJJ and strikes, so GSP will have to worry about that as well. On the ground, GSP has a very clear advantage. Psychological: This will be GSP's first fight at 185, so there's an advantage there to Silva. However, GSP will be pursuing a belt, while Silva will be defending, so the pressure is more on Silva in this aspect...advantage GSP. Both will have the 'Best Pound for Pound Fighter' title to shoot for, so that's a draw. Some other factors: GSP has not lost a round since the first Koscheck fight...that's 30 consecutive rounds where he was on top. Silva hasn't lost a fight in the UFC, 14 straight wins. As far as domination goes, Silva takes it for overall domination of his division, but GSP takes it for recent domination...Silva clearly was losing against Sonnen and has had some sketchy moments in other fights in which he found a way to win. Overall, I'd say this is a very even matchup. It will come down to whether or not Silva can KO or do enough damage to GSP prior to GSP getting him down early in a round. If Silva can do that, and keep the takedowns to the last minute of each round, he will win. If GSP can get Silva down in the first minute, especially away from the fence, he can and will stop Silva. If I HAD to bet money on it, and I likely will, I'd take GSP in a late round Submission. If Silva wins, it will be a KO early.
  4. First off, I think Cain is the superior fighter, so don't misinterpret what I'm saying. But JDS is supposedly a pretty decent BJJ tactician, although his fists have carried him all the way to the #1 contender spot. It will be interesting to see how he stacks up in this area, especially if someone gets him on his back. If I had to bet money on it, I'd say that JDS is the BJJ fighter, Cain the superior wrestler and striker, and that JDS would be very fortunate to get Cain on his back and keep him there. In the end, aside from the standard 'puncher's chance', JDS would have to put Cain on his back and somehow submit him, which would be very very difficult to do. Only a fool would stand and trade with Cain.
  5. We haven't really seen Cain Valasquez's ground game much either, but that doesn't mean he isn't an elite fighter. Oh, and my pet peeve? Cain being called the first Mexican Champion in combat sports. He IS NOT Mexican! He was born in Salinas California!
  6. Silva is one of the best, and MIGHT be the best pound for pound fighter right now, but that has not been determined. The GSP/Silva fight will happen as soon as GSP dismantles Shields and can then correctly say he has no one left to fight in Welterweight.
  7. lol, tae kwon do?!?!?! You DO know what that is, right? Fancy Korean kicks, that's it. No ground element to speak of. And there's a lot of guys with Black Belts in BJJ, and as my uncle used to say, 'I can have a licence to piss across the Fraser, doesn't mean I can do it.' Silva got SCHOOLED by Sonnen on the ground. What do you think the best wrestler in MMA will do to Silva, one who has better BJJ, better striking, and better gas than Sonnen? If Silva doesn't shore up his ground game, he's ripe for the beating.
  8. Based on what? He's beat only a couple of top fighters. GSP dismantled Hughes, Serra, Koscheck twice, and did all 3 very convincingly. Silva needed all 25 minutes to beat Sonnen, a 2nd rate fighter at best. Silva can't fight on the ground, GSP has no holes in his game. The pound for pound best fighter is very much in doubt.
  9. Then it never gets decided.
  10. GSP lost to Serra in 2007, that's quite a while ago. Since he's gone on to win 8 in a row. He also avenged the loss to Serra by beating the crap out of Serra in the rematch. The middleweight and L Heavyweight Divisions are very thin, and the Welterweight is considered the most competitive. Both fighters beat their opponents by such a wide margin that it is impossible to tell how'd they'd match up against a real tough competitor. I'm not saying Silva ISN'T the pound for pound best fighter in MMA, I'm saying it has yet to be determined.
  11. That's yet to be determined. To assume how a GSP/Silva fight would turn out is a little silly.
  12. Based on what? The beating he took from a second rate fighter (Sonnen)? The beating he gave to Maia, a fighter with NO stand up? C'mon.
  13. GSP is not the best pound for pound fighter, and neither is Silva. Neither can lay claim to that until they fight. GSP did what 99% of UFC fighters would have done with Hardy's arm. He had it locked in and torqued it. Hardy's face was in total agony, and had GSP torqued anymore, he would have snapped his elbow or arm, and most fighters stop short of that. Hardy was just not going to submit. I agree that GSP should have finished Koscheck, but he didn't. What he did do was beat the hell out of him and leave the octagon virtually untouched. Koscheck is a damn good fighter, and GSP schooled him. He is without a doubt the best 170 pounder out there, maybe of all time. He needs to finish the next fight to silence the doubters, and then ground and pound Silva to silence the rest.
  14. Old Time Hockey: I don't disagree with you on the importance of Passchendaele. The reason why Vimy was so important to the war and to Canada was due to the fact that the French and the Brits were unable to capture it (the French tried twice). As well, the Allies and the Germans both placed so much importance on the Ridge prior to it's capture. This was due to the concentrations of forces on both sides, as well as the fact that Vimy provided line of sight for a vast area to the east. If the Germans lost the Ridge, they would have to withdraw a considerable distance east as they would essentially be fish in a barrel if they attempted to stay. The Ridge was almost impossible to assault from the West, but it was totally impossible to assault from the east. The artillery barage was enourmous. From Wiki: 'four hundred eighty 18 pounder field guns, one hundred thirty-eight 4.5 inch howitzers, ninety-six 2 inch trench mortars, twenty-four 9.45 inch mortars, supported by 245 corps-level siege guns and heavy mortars available to the Canadian Corps. This firepower gave a density of one heavy gun for every 20 yards (18 m) and one field gun for every 10 yards (9.1 m) of Canadian Corps frontage,[33] representing a considerable average increase, including three times the heavy guns, over the distribution of artillery at the Battle of the Somme a year earlier.' As well, the amount of shells available for the barrage was three times the norm. They also employed a new fuze that allowed the shells to expode with the slightest contact, allowing the cutting of barbed wire. Barbed wire entaglements may seem relatively benign, but they slow the advance and the assaulting troops have to stop and cut the wire, making them easy prey to enemy machine gun and rifle fire. Barbed wire (and other tactical innovations) is one of the principle reasons why WW1 was so deadly. For Canada, it was the first time in our history that all 4 divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (the Cdn Army) fought as one, under Canadian Command. This is very significant from a National pride stance. The success of the Battle has been atributed to the ferocity of the Artillery barrage (heard and felt by the British PM outside his residence in London), the tactical innovations used by the Canadians (creeping artillery barrage, super quick fuzes, counter artillery barrages), and the ferocity and inteligence of the Canadian troops. Vimy is a prime example of how to successfully attack a dug-in, well-defended enemy position with no tactical advantages. It is also a prime example of how ferocious a force the Canadian Army can be. Losses: Vimy: 10,600 Canadians, German losses unknown (significantly higher). Passchendaele: 244,897 Allied, German 400,000. From a 'bloodiest' perspective, Passchendaele is astronomical. Lest We Forget.
  15. Some pics of Passchendaele. I'm sorry for the size of the images...I can't seem to figure this thing out... This is a before and after image.... A shot from the battlefield: