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Old 08-02-2012, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva top 10 heavyqweight?

I was wondering if Anderson Silva would be top 10 if he moved to heavyweight. I think it is realistic if he was to leave MW, but his manager says he may not be interested in that.

There was a proposed fight between him and Frank Mir, but Dana White says he first needs to fight at 205.

Would Anderson Silva be able to do it if he were to move up? reminder that Dan Henderson who Anderson beat at middleweight was able to beat Fedor and Noguiera who were top 10 at heavyweight
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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No - he wouldn't

... And I love Anderson

He would probably be able to beat up af few fringe-top 10 HWs but would never get close to the title... The 265 pound monsters of the division would toss him on his back and lay/pound on him and that would be that...

LHW though is much more interesting
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #3 (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.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I think he could beat mir, big nog, bigfoot and maybe cain...5 round fight maybe silva could catch him at some point...though i wonder how his chin would hold up against cains heavy hands...oh i think he might be able to beat werdum and roy nelson also
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He would beat the strikers and lose to the grapplers.

Cormier, Cain, Barnett and any powerful wrestler would beat him.

He's a better striker than JDS so Anderson V Junior on the feet most likely = a victory for Andy.. considering Anderson would be 6'2 230lbs with 78inch reach and JDS is 6'4 240lbs and same reach.

I dunno if Werdum, Bigfoot Mir, Big Country etc. have the speed to take him down, Anderson's movement is excellent and he has equal reach to pretty much everyone in the division.

I know i'm a huge Anderson fan but I feel like i'm being fair, what do you guys think?
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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He could beat a few guys at HW.

I think LHW is far more realistic and I think he would take the title pretty easily at LHW. Jones was running when Rampage and Machida swung on him, I think Anderson would destroy him because there's just no running from the Spider, he`s too quick, too accurate, and too ruthless when he smells blood in the water.

If Anderson moved up to LHW and took the title as I think he should and could, then even a Fedor stalker like myself would concede that Anderson was the GOAT.

He's so far ahead of everyone at MW it's basically a joke.

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He could beat all of them "IF" they decided to stand, but the HWs are majority very strong wrestlers or grappling based fighters. That would be a major headache to deal with cuz some are over 265 limit.

I really wonder how an Overeem, JDS, or Hunt match up would be like.

Anderson Silva may step up to the LHW division if Hendo, Gustaf, Shogun, and Machida, all lose again.
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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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He could probably get into the top 10 with the right matchups. I think he would completely destroy guys like Struve and Nelson.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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He would beat the strikers and lose to the grapplers.

Cormier, Cain, Barnett and any powerful wrestler would beat him.

He's a better striker than JDS so Anderson V Junior on the feet most likely = a victory for Andy.. considering Anderson would be 6'2 230lbs with 78inch reach and JDS is 6'4 240lbs and same reach.

I dunno if Werdum, Bigfoot Mir, Big Country etc. have the speed to take him down, Anderson's movement is excellent and he has equal reach to pretty much everyone in the division.

I know i'm a huge Anderson fan but I feel like i'm being fair, what do you guys think?

no i was thinking the same thing. although there is a weight advantage there is a big speed disadvantage. the more athletic guys like cormier, velasquez would probably get the better of him (silva still more than a punchers chance i would think)

and the slower guys like the ones you mentioned would not get a hold of him and get punched and kicked alot

to answer the original question, yes maybe at this stage he could/would be top ten

but in future as the division improves (which it will) then it would be a different answer
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