Gettin inside on Schilt isn't exactly something that is that hard to do. I mean a lot of guys have gotten inside on him in MMA while Sylvia has made a career and won two titles by keeping guys at a distance.
Yes, and he lost his title to a substantially smaller fighter that effectively got inside on him after opening with strikes. You can say Tim didn't belong in the cage for that fight, but in reality, his back had nothing to do with him dropping his hand after an inside leg kick, and eating a massive punch. Tim's fight with Randy was over the moment he was rocked, not just because Randy manipulated Tim's injury.
Are you sure that Vera was 1 for 1 because I seem to remember him attempting more than 1 takedown and Sylvia stopping him at least once but maybe I'm off base.
He went for numerous takedowns, but he only went for one leg-trip the entire fight and it paid off.. too bad for him it was near the end of the round (if I remember correctly).
I don't think he can get inside but if he does Sylvia does have the size advantage to pin Fedor up against the cage which is a spot he won't be able to really trip from.
Yes, the cage could play a tactical if the fight takes place in it. I just think Tim's fought everything Tim offers before. He's beaten bigger/more powerful/quicker strikers in Choi/Cro Cop, he's fought better wrestlers in Coleman/Randleman, and he's battled against guys with much better ground games such as Nogueira.
Tim Sylvia doesn't possess the luxury of having experienced a fight with a World Combat Sambo champion, nor has he faced someone as explosive as Fedor on the mat.
I agree but agaisnt a guy with such long arms it is a lot harder to pummel him in his guard especially if Sylvia can control his posture using his size.
Definitely hard, for sure. But it's also very hard to sit in Nogueira's guard, and beat his face in for 20 minutes too, and Fedor did that 2 times.