Originally Posted by Smedroc
I see what your saying but i think Phil just peaked rather not trying to evolve. Outside of Jones he fought the best in the business and on paper he had some amazing wins. I mean he beat Glover last time out.
Phil had pretty good technique across the board. He wouldn't have survived fights with Glover and Machida if he didn't. His striking did improve some but the biggest issue was that he is relatively pillow fisted for that division. He couldn't knock dudes out and fought pretty safe so that led to some boring fights and a contract with Bellator.
OSP on the other hand can knock dudes dead but his technique is horrible. There's a lot of basic fundamental technical **** that he can start doing right now to tighten up his game. For Davis to evolve at this point he is going to have to go live in Holland or Thailand for 3yrs to try and develop demonic striking power.
Many would argue Davis lost the fight to Machida. I'll give him the win over Glover. But Glover is suspect (like Connor's road to the title in not fighting any top contender). Davis really is a good but boring MMA fighter.
But like Weidman said last night, you have to be an expert. Davis wasn't an expert in wrestling when battling an elite wrestler or someone who knows how to defend against it. Davis' striking wasn't good enough when it was the sole weapon he could employ in a fight. Davis definitely plateaued and did not seek to keep up/compete with the top 5 murderers row in LHW (JBJ, DC, Rumble, Gustafson, etc). He was going to morph into a gatekeeper like Okami. He would pick apart up and coming competitions but would be unable to hang with the elite.
And I probably shouldn't have compared OSP to Davis. OSP like Uriah Hall whom has some amazing potential, is exciting but possess some serious fundamental issues. Similar to Deontay Wilder in boxing. But I say enjoy it and realize what you're getting.
As far as straw weight, I have no clue. Like women's Bantam weight, it's he Wild West and level of competition isn't as mature as other divisions in the UFC. But Paige, despite how sloppy she was, has a lot of potential. Seriously, two to three more camps at Alpha and she'll be a different fighter.
I remember last year looking at Holloway getting decision'd by Connor as a can. He's developed and matured into a legit fighter and possible threat at feather weight.
And tying back to OSP and Davis, you have to challenge yourself and get better especially in a sport where multiple martial arts disciplines are used.