Something else I forgot to mention was how SHOCKED I was that Rich wanted to trade with Silva.
Rich is one of the smartest fighters out there; what on earth made him think that standing and trading with Silva was the right move? It's things like that which make me shake my head @ Franklin, Hughes and Sylvia. They all seem to think that way; and up until now I thought it was exclusive to Hughes and Sylvia.
Silva's record shows you either get him to kick you in the face while you are on the ground and win by DQ or you submit him. Why would Franklin purposely trade with him? That was seriously shocking to me. With his thinkin like that, he was in for a rude awakening no matter what. This is the type of thinking Sylvia, Hughes and miletich boys generally have. Sylvia thinks he dominated AA on his feet etc etc. He stated he blocked his leg kicks and thats why AA stopped throwing them...that dude needs a reality check, in fact it was AA's broken leg that won the match for him, not his mediocre to bad strategy.
Hughes is the exact same way. With his "I told you so" after BJ Penn injured himself. His gameplan was to wear BJ down, but if BJ didnt' injure himself its likely 2 things would have happened. BJ would have submitted him in the 2nd round; or BJ would have gone the distance and won a decision. These UFC champions are in for the rudest awakening of their lives. The only two belt holders that don't seem to be disillusioned are Chuck liddel and Sean Sherk, mind you they are also the only two belt holders who are not at miletich. Chuck knows he's at the top of his game and just wants to fight the best out there. How would he have fared vs Wanderlei? No one can know for sure, but no one can fault him for wanting to strike with Silva. Why? Because even though striking is Silva's strength, he has an unorthodox wild haymaker style, Chuck could easily land a counter punch KO.
Mark my words now...They are all losing their belts. Hughes is losing his and once a good Heavyweight contender comes around Sylvia's going to lose his belt as well. Put him up against Mark Hunt, Crocop, Fedor, SHOGUN, or almost any pride fighter and I have a hard time he'll do anything but die.