Originally Posted by americanfighter
But I doubt silva has the power to ko cariwn. I mean hell if JDS couldn't do it.
Indeed, Dos Santos couldn't, but his punches are different to Silva's to KO his opponents. Dos Santos uses first multiple hard punches to pick his opponents apart and then finishes them with a couple of powerpunches. So he uses only his own power to KO his opponents. The beauty of Silva's striking on the other hand is that he is own of the rare fighters who actually is able to apply the martial arts principal of "using the opponents force against him"
. Do you really think that Silva's body strength is enough to knock his opponents down with a jab
(i.e. Griffin, Okami), without any other variables in his striking equation¿ Silva doesn't punch like Dos Santos to inflict damage only with his own power (well, often he does also that, but not in those jab cases). He times the situation so well that he puts his forwards flying fist in the way of his opponents head which itself has forward momentum
, because the opponent is just about to engage himself. That puts the power of Silva's jab in the equation (which isn't that much) PLUS the impulse of the opponent moving forward (mass * speed of the opponent). And as he times it so well that the opponent doesn't see the punch coming, it's like running blindly face first into a brick wall.
The thing is people are looking at cawing for what they see in the highlight reel KOs however i am looking at what he could be. If he comes in fighting like he normally does then yeah silva will dance around make him look silly. However I am looking at him as a giant NCAA national champion wrestler. I think if he spends a training camp with a focus on wrestling and take downs he could take down silva and finish him.
It would be a different Carwin than we are use to seeing relying on wrestling footwork and power takedowns as opposed to wild power punches to end the fight in dramatic quick ko fashion.
As I wrote earlier, I agree that IF a HW wrestler takes Silva down, it will pose quite some trouble for Silva, but I think most of the HWs are to slow with their take down attempts (except Velasquez). Carwin may have been a good collegiate wrestler, but he didn't really translate it into his MMA game like Sonnen. And the difference is, in collegiate wrestling you have two guys who engage forwards into wrestling to put the other guy on his back, in particular in HW you have not many opportunities to train against opponents who don't engage but run away. So I guess it will be really hard for Carwin to make an improvement in this area.