His back is a reason that happened because he wasn't even moving in their. Yes he dropped his hands and got caught but with how slow he was in that fight it is very possible that w/o the back injury he never gets caught like that. Because he let Randy inside very quickly which is something he never does.
Tim Sylvia has very quick hands for his size, but his head movement isn't great. Watch his fight with Nogueira again, Nog waded through Tim's reach and eventually started landing the jab. Tim struggles with grapplers, and he's aware of it. I just firmly believe that Fedor will be able to get inside Tim's reach, simply from being more explosive and fluid with transitioning from strikes to grappling than anyone in the sport.
Can we stop mentioning Choi because he is a monster of a man with power but no real techinique to speak of and no MMA training. In fact Comparing Sylvia to Choi doesn't make much sense. Fedor didn't want to stand against Choi for obvious reason and Choi for some reason kept taking Fedor down. That won't happen in this fight.
I'll stop mentioning Choi, but my main point was Fedor managed to get inside using strikes then engaged in bodylocks. Choi took Fedor down once, but the second time the fight hit the ground, Fedor waded through into Choi with a punch, tried to take Choi down, but instead, Choi directed his weight during Fedor's throw and ended up on top. Tim Sylvia doesn't have the size Choi has to reverse the throws, so once Fedor gets inside he shouldn't have a problem with getting Tim to the mat, based on his past fights.
Cro Cop is a different fighter due to his size. I mean Cro Cop is a small HW. Sylvia is about as big as they come.
The main reason I brought up Mirko was to point out that Fedor has fought a quicker and more skilled striker. Yes, Cro Cop's reach isn't as big as Tim's, but that doesn't change the fact he could punish Fedor coming in for the takedowns based on hand-speed alone.
Schlit is a pretty average MMA fighter. So taking him down doesn't mean much.
Taking him down may not impress you, but taking him down at will and controlling his length on the ground for three rounds should.
He fought Randleman and Coleman but didn't take down Randleman and he fought Coleman when he was a very old man.
He didn't take down Randleman, he reversed him beautifully. Worst comes to worst, Fedor could always pull half-guard and sweep Tim.
Well battling Nogueira while great and everything has nothing to do with this fight. Since Nogueira was attempting to submit him and Sylvia would attempt to hold him and just hope for a stand up.
Yes Nog's guard is more offensively active than Tim's, but we've seen Fedor dominate guys that are just as long as Tim on the ground. Once again I point to the Schilt fight to prove it, as Fedor controlled a much larger opponent.
Also Sylvia has faced a "world class" Sambo guy 3 times in Arlovski. And before you say Arlovski couldn't show his Sambo in their fight in the 2nd fight Sylvia stood up off the ground.
Arlovski's Sambo skills are extremely under-utilized, in fact he rarely shows his caliber because he relies on his hans so much. His sambo only comes into play with his takedown defense, and he showed a glimpse of it against O'Brien when he tripped him to mount.
There's a huge difference between being the World Youth Combat Sambo champ and being the 5x World and 4x Russian, Army Combat Sambo champion.
Fedor's sambo is the best used in the sport, let's not go comparing his use of it to Arlovski, whom primarily relies on strikes to win fights.