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UFC LHW 16-Man Tournament

Sorry for the delay in getting the new tournament posted.  Just returned from a long trip to the Florida Keys.  Lets get started....

This go-round we will again be switching up the tournament format.  Unlike the LW thru MW divisions, there really isn't  a clear cut, dominant world beater in the Light Heavyweight class.  Since Chuck Liddell ruled the division from 2004 - 2006, the LHW championship has essentially been a revolving door, as no one has managed to successfully defend the title more than 1 time (Machida will be the next to have that opportunity).  For that reason, I have included the current LHW Champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in this tournament.

We will poll each fight individually, for 1 day, beginning with opening round Match #1.  MMA Mania has the most knowledgeable MMA online community, so please feel free to post your pick in the comments along with your analysis of how you see the fights breaking down.  Hopefully this will give us something to do on slow news days.

***NOTE***  In the event of a tie, a randomly selected Maniac will act as the tie breaker.  That Maniac will be the 1st person to write a comment in the post thread.  So if you are the 1st to post a comment, make sure to include which fighter you voted for!!!!

 

1   L. Machida

16 K. Jardine

Match1                        Winner 1/16

                                         QF1                  Winner QF1

Match 2                       Winner 8/9

8   F. Griffin                                       

9   R. Franklin                                                                                                      

                                                                   Semi-Final 1

5    R. Evans                                                                 

12  R. Bader                                                                    

Match 3                       Winner 5/12                              

                                        QF2                    Winner QF2

Match 4                       Winner 4/13                                 

4   Q. Jackson                                                                 

13  L. Cane                                                                   

                                                                                                    Tournament Championship                                                                                                                                                              

6   A. Nogueira                                                                   

11  J. Jones                                                                   

Match 5                     Winner 6/11                                 

                                       QF3                     Winner QF3

Match 6                     Winner 3/14                                 

3   A. Silva                                      

14 C. Liddell                                     

                                                                    Semi-Final 2                                         

7   T. Silva

10  R. Couture

Match 7                      Winner 7/10

                                        QF4                     Winner QF4

Match 8                      Winner 2/15

2   M. Rua

15    B. Vera           

 

 

Match #1:  We open the Tournament with an intriguing matchup between current Champion Lyoto Machida and former top contender Keith Jardine.  The Dragon brings a unique and refined style, forged from his background in Machida Karate, identifiable by his unorthodox stance and leaping punches and kicks.  He often utilized a combination of speed and directional change to keep his opponents off balance.  Conversely, The Dean of Mean has what can only be described as a herky-jerky crazed baboon style.  He throws punches from odd angles and utilizes extremely vicious leg kicks, while confusing his opponents with his start-stop type rhythm.  Time to get this Tournament started….. 

So lets hear it Maniacs.  Will the favorites move on, or will we see an underdog rise to the top?  You decide.

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