Fedor Emelianenko -
not particularly prone to leglocks, better striker, a push at worse on the takedown game, better in transition fighting
- Hard to define a prime Mark Coleman, as there were essentially 2 primes for him, his early days in UFC, then around the 2000gp in Pride, I would take the Pride Coleman over Shamrock any day of the week, as his wrestling is tons better, one of the few stronger people than a prime Shamrock, and only got subbed by the most technical, which Shamrock was not, in terms of GnP allowed MMA. If fought under Pancrase rules, Shamrock would probably win since Coleman lives by the ground and pound, so I guess you can't really even include a prime Shamrock fairly.
- Two enigmas, but Kerr has all the right tools to bulldoze Arlovski, who never really had good wrestling, even before his recent fall off, and while his striking is deadly when somebody is willing to play ball, Kerr would not be, and Kerr has the sub defense to stay out of whatever Arlovski throws at him.
- Tough call, really is, but Igor is more proven accomplishment wise in non Pancrase MMA, IMO. Also I think Igor vs Enson is a good reason why Igor would pull it out, while we all picture Igor as two cinderblocks attached to a tree trunk, he would often use a strategy that was the prototype for what would become Fedor's GnP attack, punch into a clinch, if you don't get the KO, work from the guard and hurt the guy. Bas did not have great TD defense, and would often let people work from his guard, which would come back to haunt him in this close matchup.
- While Prime Mir has become underrated lately due to the guy currently fighting in his place, Randy is just to much, striking, wrestling, sub defense, and CARDIO, for Mir to handle. Mir made a living off of sort of strange subs and good wrestling, and could definitely hit one of the subs, but I wouldn't count on it with Randy's new sub defense.
Kevin Randleman -
Even Pre tentative Tim would be unprepared for the explosiveness of Randleman, and would not have the subs to put him away. Hell, given Sylvia's propensity to get hit, he might just get himself KO'd by that Monster left hook.
- Too much of everything, Mo could beat alot of the people on here, and could conceivably beat Ricco, but a prime Ricco, who should have gotten the win against Nog, subbed Nog in ADCC, and beat Couture would handle his business against Mo.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Better boxing, chin made of some sort of Titanium and Diamond alloy, and a sub game from hell would be too much for even the most brutal reincarnation of Frye, which really says alot about prime Nog, moreso than Prime Frye, who is often overlooked for ATG status.
- even a prime Coleman would still be prone to getting caught with a sub, which Fedor has proven to be able to get, if anything the Coleman with the best chance to beat Fedor already fought him, he wasn't as good of a fighter, but he was better with subs at that point, and even that wasn't enough. Headbutts would come into play, and that might give Coleman a win,
maybe, but the smart bet is on Fedor I would have to say.
We pretty much saw this, while it wasn't quite prime Kerr, Kerr was always a little too willing to strike with strikers, and that would again bite him in the ass.
- Again, we saw a pretty close example of this, and Randy won by being the smarter fighter, with the more technical all around game, Randleman could win, as he can beat anybody, but he probably would fall short again.
I honestly thought Ricco won their fight, it was pretty close to their prime, and Ricco had the game to outgrapple Nog. Nog's only thing close to a sub weakness leglocks (Barnett in 1 and Ricco in ADCC). Ricco is also the better wrestler, which would lead to him winning the fight, likely by decision.
Just a more developed, bigger, more polished Igor, v2 if you would say. Although Igor might land a bomb and end it, thats not the way it would go most of the time.
I don't think the first match was prime Randy, not to take anything away from Ricco, as it was still a very good Randy. But Randy was doing a very good job up until Ricco wore him down physically, which I don't see the new Randy succombing to, add in better striking and Subs, and Randy takes it this time.
I think we will see a close approximation of this this (Prime Randy might have been a few years ago) soon enough, and it will be a great fight
Ok thats a copout, but logic says Fedor, but I think Randy will win the fight, but since we are doing prime for prime.
A Fedor who has been facing high level opponants and being busy would probably find a way to win, as much as I love Randy (although I like Fedor nearly as much)
Although I think Randy will win this fight if it happens soon, as neither fighter is in their "prime" with Randy getting older and Fedor being so inactive and injured, I think Randy will pull it off in a way similar to Mark Coleman looked good for a while until the sub. I think Randy will dirty box into a takedown, and then keep Fedor on his back, steadily inflicting damage in a controlled pace, while staying out of Fedors explosive subs. ***** at me all you want.