Originally Posted by putmeonhold
Well first off I'm willing to bet you that Rich's cardio is better than Sylva's. And besides - Practically every one at Miletich is a cardio freak. Did you see Sylvia 's stomach during his last AA fight? And Rich knows his workout routines by now, he could still repeat it at the Miletich camp. I mean, it's like the goddamn champions club, you know what I mean? He has the heart skill and drive. What he needs now are resources and no other gym is going to give him such a deep pool of experienced fighters to rely on. he needs to be pushed. Gurgle and all them have done all they can for Rich. He needs to train with elites if he wants to be #1
The other person meant that Rich's cardio IS above Silva's. He's just saying perhaps Silva is just more talented (naturally or however else). His point was that even the best camp can't make a mediocre/good fighter better than a great fighter. (And it is true that Rich Franklin's strongest attribute does appear to be how well he takes care of his body and how dilligent he is about his training. So while joining a camp full time makes a huge difference, if there's any fighter out there who it won't benefit, that fighter in Rich Franklin)
As for team Miletich, Spencer Fischer is the most impressive fighter IMO. Tim Sylvia is a big oaf that takes advantage of his size and luck. Arlovski owned him once, then Sylvia got lucky and capitalized on a mistake by AA, and the third fight Sylvia got lucky that AA broke his own leg. Again, please don't think I'm talking shit about Tim Sylvia, I am not. he is one tough guy with strong strikes. He is just not above and beyond and he in no way dominated every match that came his way.
Hughes is the same deal. Hughes reign is going to come to an end, he's lucky it lasted this long. Hughes faught Sherk and came out the winner in that bout; but Hughes had the clear advantage in that fight anyway. He had better reach and wrestling is his thing. Even then; Sherk seemed too meek the first 3 rounds but held his own and arguably won the last two. Vs GSP the first time hughes was also losing, but then capitalized on a HUGE mistake by GSP. Sure capitalizing on mistakes is what makes you the champion; but it was uncharacteristic of GSP to make such a mistake. That is what makes hughes lucky.
Vs BJ penn hughes was getting SLAUGHTERED until BJ separated his own rib; hughes didnt' have a prayer except for that. Who else does miletich have?
It would still be great for Rich to join Miletich fulltime and I think it would be a benefit to both the camp itself and Rich Franklin; but I do not think it's "all he needs to beat Silva". Anderson has trained over @ chutebox and with Brazilian top team...those organizations are INSANE.
In conclusion, I love Rich Franklin and think he's one hell of a fighter but there is nothing out there that will easily grant him the win. He's a champion and will be back better than ever; but Silva is a specimen and it's going to be hard as hell for him to get that belt back. The best bet would be to ship him over to Russia for 5 months and have Fedor train him. Only then would my money be confidently on Rich.