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Old 08-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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He'd definitely be a top 10 HW.

Sure, Cormier and Cain and JDS would probably beat him but those are three guys, not 7.

He's beat Big Nog(they wouldn't fight but still).....He'd beat Travis freaking Brown, he'd kill Bigfoot and Nelson as well as Struve....etc.


Also Anderson is nowhere near 230lbs...he's around 220 ish when hes completely fat and out of shape.

He's around 210 when he fights at LHW and would be fighting at HW at around the same weight.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I agree with Bud. He would have some wins, but when one of these wrestlers who cuts to make 265 rolls in they would probably steam roll him. I think his striking is superior to all of the HW's, but it is hard to stop a takedown from someone who outweighs you by 60 pounds or so. Sure Couture stopped Lesnar, but he had a lifetime of experience from wrestling helping him out.
I agree in that I think IF they get him down, they would cause him quite some trouble, BUT the question is, would a 265er be able to move his bodyweight fast enough to catch a 230 Silva¿ Dos Santos stops most of the take down attempts by just not being there anymore, because he has good distance management.

Silva doesn't even need much more power, because the beauty (and effectiveness) of his strikes is their timing and accuracy which are even better than Dos Santos'.

So I can see Silva making quite some noise at HW, with probably Velasquez and his fast shot giving him the most trouble.
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when I imagine Andy at HW, I see the first Chael fight, only with huge fight ending haymaker thrown on the ground. the G&P always amazes me at HW it's like they're trying to take the opponent's head off.
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Anderson is a perfect MMA middlewieght; his body and mind obviously respond about as well as anyone's can to that particular cut, and he enjoys an advantage in speed over most of the other guys in that division.

I have no idea what he would look like at HW, but I have to suspect he would be slower, his strikes wouldn't have the same effect, and he wouldn't be as powerful as the majority of the fighters up there.

Until I see him actually in the octagon at HW, I'm simply going to say AS at HW is unpossible, so the OP becomes mute.

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Finally, someone on this post that isn't a Silva fan boy, posting realistic comments. Yes, I agree Silva is the P4P best, very few even come close. But to say he'd run thru the HW class is ludicrous, he would do great at LHW and probably end up holding that belt as well, no way does he do the same at HW. First he'd have to put on weight, which would be mostly chub, (he's pretty doughy as it is)as he doesn't have a tremendous amount of muscle to begin with and that will slow him down and would also effect his gas tank. If he were to move to HW, the only people that he could stand a chance of beating is guys like Pat Barry (sorry Pat, I'm a big fan but it is what it is). Put him against JDS and he'd be dead meat in the 1st round.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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when I imagine Andy at HW, I see the first Chael fight, only with huge fight ending haymaker thrown on the ground. the G&P always amazes me at HW it's like they're trying to take the opponent's head off.
But who is there at HW to shoot for TDs like Sonnen¿ Valasquez maybe, but who else¿
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But who is there at HW to shoot for TDs like Sonnen¿ Valasquez maybe, but who else¿
There are many, many different ways to secure a TD, and I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that AS would be sacrificing some of his speed and nimbleness fighting at HW.
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There are many, many different ways to secure a TD, and I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that AS would be sacrificing some of his speed and nimbleness fighting at HW.
No, it's not unreasonable, but that would be in first place a problem if his opponents at HW were as fast and nimble as his opponents at MW, but they aren't. They are much slower already. So even if Silva becomes slower, the gap in speed, nimbleness and timing between him and his opponents remains the same or would even be bigger against the heavier HWs.

The only question is, how he would put on that weight to fight at HW.
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Anderson would be left stankin' by the majority of the HW division, completely different ballgame in terms of punching power and grappling.
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Name me 10 HWs that would even be competitive with Silva.

1 JDS
2 Overeem
3 Cain
4 Cormier
5 Werdum
6 Carwin
7 Mir
8 Nelson
9 Barnett?
10 Browne?

Are you kidding? I think a better question would be is he top 5 HW.
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what if he moved to lightweight? could he beat ben henderson?
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