isn't Fedor like, the world's best Sambo fighter? or am I way off?
Yeah, that's another way of putting it! I was just trying to make the disparity between Fedor's credentials in Sambo and both Couture's and Vera's in wrestling clear
Tim is much faster than Choi who is a poor techinical striker and is really just powerful. Tim throws way more jabs than Schilt.
Tim's faster than Choi, but Semmy's no slouch with his hands either and Fedor got inside on him just fine. Hell, even without his hands Semmy could just use his knees and Fedor dealt with him accordingly.
Also Schilt is a toothpick while Sylvia is a bigger fellow. It's much easier to trip a toothpick than a fatty.
Tim Sylvia has skinny, awkward legs. If I had to equate Tim's stance to a Disney character, I'd have to fuse his lower-half with Bambi and his upper half with Shrek.
Abysmal is a tough word. I mean the guy has faced a lot of guys with good takedowns and no one really seems to take him down at will apart from his fight with Randy which is hard to look at due to Sylvia's back.
You're right, abysmal is a strong word. However, it's certainly not good. Every time a fighter has introduced leg-trips against Tim, his awkward build has been of detriment.
But it's not Sambo it's MMA. And his size is a huge advantage. If Vera who is an excellent wrestler only took him down once I think it's fair to say Tim isn't horrible against leg trips since Vera tried a couple.
Combat Sambo is pretty much judo, and Brandon Vera took Sylvia down with a leg-trip which is generally a judo/Sambo move. Why do you think Vera could pull that off, and think Fedor would have trouble when he's the best at Sambo in the present age?
My point is Vera went 1 for 1 with the leg-trips against the cage, Randy took Tim down with a leg-trip, and so did Nogueira. Tim Sylvia's lanky awkward legs are apt to getting tangled in close quarters, especially against those versed in trip-based martial arts such as sambo and judo.
It is a more dangerous top game but it's also a different top game. I mean it's not the same attack he is going to be facing.
It's different in that Fedor can pummel you retarded inside the guard, outside the guard, and submit you as well. That's a lot of stuff to worry about, and I think Tim knows it.