Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
After watching Sylvia v Monson, I think that Sylvia's ground game is alot better than I use to believe it was. He's got alot of power, and he's very quick and surprisingly technical for a guy as big as he is.
The only way I see Vera winning this fight is by decision. I don't think that Vera has the power that a guy like Arlovski has, the kind of power needed to knock Sylvia down and capitalize.
The biggest difference in my opinion, as far as Tim's advantages go isn't just height, it's size in general. Not only does he have 6 inches on Vera, he's got 45-50 pounds. The power in one of Sylvia's punches comes from the enormous amount of weight that he has behind it, and that really has to make a guy like Vera wonder.
I can't imagine Vera winning this matchup without the judges. If Sylvia comes out slow and uneasy after his last loss, the preceding poor performances and his surgery, I can see him being too slow and hiding behind his jab for three rounds, only to lose on the scorecards, but I can't see Vera finishing.
I think that Vera, as talented as he might be, should not be fighting heavyweights. He hasn't had the opportunity to fight the combination of talented striking and size, only really the size factor in a few of his fights, and even those weren't as extreme as it will be with Sylvia.
That said, we'll see how it goes, but I would really like to see Big Tim show some technical striking and get back to his old form. I'd like to see him hammer Vera with some leg kicks and some combinations and then beat him late in the first with a big right hook.
But that's just me.
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