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UFC LWH 16-Man Tourney: Match #7

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                        1  L. Machida

                                         QF1                  Winner QF1

Match 2                       9  R. Franklin

8   F. Griffin                                       

9   R. Franklin                                                                                                      

                                                                   Semi-Final 1

5    R. Evans                                                                 

12  R. Bader                                                                    

Match 3                       5  R. Evans                             

                                        QF2                    Winner QF2

Match 4                       4 Q. Jackson                                

4   Q. Jackson                                                                 

13  L. Cane                                                                   

                                                                                                    Tournament Championship                                                                                                                                                              

6   A. Nogueira                                                                   

11  J. Jones                                                                   

Match 5                     11  J. Jones                                

                                       QF3                     Winner QF3

Match 6                     3  A. Silva                                

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 #6:  In what seemed to be inevitable, The Spider handily torched the Iceman by gathering 85% of the vote.  Silva now moves on to face Bones Jones in likely the most dynamic match-up of the tournament...

Match #7:  This fight will provide an interesting clash of styles.  Thiago Silva is coming of a loss to Sugar, while Randy is coming off a win over Vera.  Common sense would say that Randy will look to work the clinch to avoid Silva's power and look for TDs and top control.  The question is did Thiago learn from his loss to Rashad and work hard to improve his TD defense?  If Silva is able to keep it on the feet and avoid being smothered against the cage, it will likely only take one clean shot to put Randy in the hurt locker.... 

Thiago Silva throat slash after Jardine win UFC 102

UFC 109 Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman

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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