Chris Leben Expecting To Beat Aaron Simpson "Rather Easily" At TUF 11 Finale

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DCRage
6/16/10 1:29:13PM
And if his comments recently are any indication, his win last time out has given him an extra boost of confidence going into Saturday's fight. "There was a lot of pressure. My fight before that (against Rosholt) was a terrible performance on my part and going into the Jay Silva fight I knew that I needed to change things. I went out to Oregon for over a month, just buckled down, put my nose to the grindstone and trained hard, and it definitely showed when I went out there. When I perform at my best, I think I beat anybody. [Simpson] is a phenomenal athlete and he’s obviously accomplished a lot in his wrestling career. Obviously there are some holes in his game – wrestling is his number one attribute, he doesn’t move his head a ton and he’s a little bit heavy on his feet. It’s gonna be a great fight, and if I execute my game plan and perform the way that I know I can, I think I should take him out rather easily."

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Chael_Sonnen
6/16/10 1:37:13PM
I think Simpson is going to dump Leben on his head repeatedly en route to a decisive victory....at least I hope....can't stand Chris.

emfleek
6/16/10 1:38:33PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

....can't stand Chris.




What can't you stand about him?
Jackelope
6/16/10 1:41:37PM
I'd be surprised to see anybody walk through A-Train "Rather Easily"

Leben has got an iron chin and some heavy hands for sure, but that's about all he relies on. Simpson has shown he's got tenacity, cardio, great wrestling, heavy hands, and a hell of a chin. He took some massive shots from Tom Lawlor and hung in there tough. Nobody is going to just walk through a guy like that unless they happen to land a huge bomb early IMO.

george112
6/16/10 1:51:15PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

I think Simpson is going to dump Leben on his head repeatedly en route to a decisive victory....at least I hope....can't stand Chris.





i agree with Simpson taking him down to a UD. no problem with that. do what your good at
BlueSkiesBurn
6/16/10 2:47:53PM
A-Train via UD was my pick.
Aether
6/16/10 3:20:51PM
I believe Chris Leben is "Rather Mistaken" if he thinks he's going to beat this guy easily or at all, frankly. Chris is always looking for that one big punch, and that simply isn't a good gameplan. You should be trying to win every second of the fight AND looking for that bomb at the same time.

Simpson also seems to be able to eat some pretty damn hard shots and recover very quickly. I'm really impressed with this guy, personally. He's so damn fast, has great wrestling, awesome conditioning, hits hard. I think he just needs to tighten up his standup and he can be a top10 or 5 guy down the road, he's pretty reckless on the feet sometimes.
noahgenda
6/16/10 3:27:33PM
simpsons road isnt very long at this point, im not sure how far down it he can get. dudes already like 37 or something
BlueSkiesBurn
6/16/10 3:31:23PM
He's 35. Shane Carwin didn't start until his mid thirties, I'd say he's done alright.
postman
6/16/10 3:55:03PM

Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

He's 35. Shane Carwin didn't start until his mid thirties, I'd say he's done alright.



There was that other guy that started at like age 33 what was his name I can't remember it?

























oh yeah Randy Couture
noahgenda
6/16/10 4:39:20PM
well none of these guys are actually just getting started in their 30's


and this is kind of an aside, and i know i will catch hate for it, but im not really that impressed by randy coutures career. obviously i think he is a good fighter and he has done some impressive things - im not bashing him at all, i just dont understand why so many people deify him.


as far as me saying i dont know how much longer of a road simpson has to get down, and then you comparing him to other fighters getting their first fights "late,", i dont see it. are you predicting him to fight into his 40's? cause it probably isnt going to happen, and hes only going to get slower if he does. and i dont think carwin has really transitioned and honed his striking game significantly over the last couple years. he has tons of power in his hands and has from day 1. i just dont see a 35 year old wrestler vastly improving his striking technique in 3 years to become a world beater


not to say i think simpson is anything close to a bum, if anything he is a problem for most guys in the division, and i picked him to win this fight by UD. i just dont see the championship contender "down the road" logic
BlueSkiesBurn
6/16/10 4:44:09PM
We actually agree on something again, noah. I've been mulling around ever posting that but since you did it first I'll back you up. I'm not a Couture fan, either. I've never been impressed.
Aether
6/16/10 5:35:36PM
no one said he would be a championship contender. Possibly the reason you don't understand that logic is because it was never written anywhere.

He's 7-0, you're talking like he's been around for so long that there's no room for improvement, or that he's going to retire any day now. You're very mistaken if you think a 35 year-old fighter of this caliber doesn't have time to improve to a top 10 ranking.
noahgenda
6/16/10 5:38:13PM
please explain the difference between top 5 and contender
Aether
6/16/10 5:47:38PM
"could be a top 10 or 5 guy down the road"

and

"could be a championship contender"

Are these the same thing in your mind? Many top 10 fighters never come close to a title shot or being considered contenders, and often a guy ranked as high as 4th or 5th will never actually get a shot.

The difference is very obvious, you just took a small sentence fragment in order to twist my meaning to suit your argument.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/16/10 5:57:57PM

Posted by Aether

"could be a top 10 or 5 guy down the road"

and

"could be a championship contender"

Are these the same thing in your mind? Many top 10 fighters never come close to a title shot or being considered contenders, and often a guy ranked as high as 4th or 5th will never actually get a shot.

The difference is very obvious, you just took a small sentence fragment in order to twist my meaning to suit your argument.



Jardine anyone?
icantthinkofanything
6/16/10 6:03:51PM
I think Aaron Simpson should win, he was running through Herman before Ed hurt his knee. I was suprised he got so beat up by Lawlor on the feet, but that showed Aaron's good chin and or recovery ability. I can't help but think Lawlor who was doing so well vs Aaron, got beat by Doerkson (a late replacement and underdog...i wonder if Doerkson earned a contract with that win). I give Leben a chance due to that mmath, and Leben being a guy with a lot of ufc w's.. Leben was better when he would mix the striking and takedowns up, and is only surpassed by Kendall in being unpredictable about each performance imo.
noahgenda
6/16/10 6:23:19PM
if you are top 5 in your division you are a contender. contender doesnt mean fighting for the belt, it means highly rated with the possibility of fighting for the belt some time in the future. why do you think they talk about championship contenders in college football before the season even starts? they dont wait until the bowl games are announced and say, "looks like the contenders this year are team x and team y" by that time it is obvious. jardine hasnt ever won more than 2 fights in a row in the ufc, he was obviously never a contender. if you had him rated in the top 5 at lhw that was a personal problem


as far as twisting a fragment of a sentence to fit your needs goes, youre doing the exact same thing homie. the substance of my statement stands whether i used the terminology contender or top 5
lohmann
6/16/10 6:35:04PM
It's Chris Leben.

One of his biggest claims to fame was saying he would walk through some guy's punches and send him back to Japan.
BlueSkiesBurn
6/16/10 6:58:04PM
You got rid of the Spider, lohmann, I'm not sure if I like the new look.
BustedKnuckle
6/16/10 7:15:18PM
I like Lebens confidence here but I dont think he is going to pull off the victory. Simpson will wrestle and GnP hisway to a UD for sure.
CanadianCripplr
6/20/10 1:25:48AM
lots of guys wrong in this thread. I cant believe simpson didnt listen to his coach between rounds when he told him not to brawl or something along those lines. way to listen a train.
Jackelope
6/20/10 1:28:24AM

Posted by CanadianCripplr

lots of guys wrong in this thread. I cant believe simpson didnt listen to his coach between rounds when he told him not to brawl or something along those lines. way to listen a train.



Regardless of the winner I'm thinking most people on here were arguing the fact that he wouldn't walk through him "rather easily"
BlueSkiesBurn
6/20/10 1:30:05AM
Hey, it's a problem with wrestlers. Simpson probably had to get "koscheck'ed" so he'd realize that you can't just stand and bang with everyone. Wrestling is what got you there, wrestling is what you should stick with. Koscheck learned his lesson and I'm sure Simpson will as well. I'm upset with the loss (points and wager-wise) but I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing for Simpson. He will learn to use his strengths and come back better than ever. It's not that you lost, it's what you learn from the loss.
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