Originally Posted by khaldun007
If monson can take it to the ground and keep it there the champ will be submitted.
If monson can't then sylvia will knock him out. I think we all know that and they both know that.
Expertly said and I totally agree. Tim is not a world class striker but a good one. With his his size and reach advantage he will give just about anyone a tough fight. Monson is strong and has great submissions (ADCC Champ x 2), but he has to overcome Sylva's reach. If Tim is smart he will keep the fight at a distance never allowing Monson to close the gap. I think Monson will have to use Tim's confidence against him. Tim is probably going to come in the fight thinking it will be an easy one due to his last 2 wins over Arlovski and the size difference. Monson needs to keep it in the middle, wait for Tim to go for a high kick, close the gap and take him down. The reason I would not suggest that Monson try to take him down near the cage is two 2 reasons: Tim likes to grab the cage (Tim vs Assueria Silva) and the cage might hold tim up, allowing knees or elbows to come into play.