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Old 12-12-2008, 01:43 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Silva's not wanting the light heavyweight title isn't the point. You don't pit a champion, main event fighter against rubbish. Silva is a middle weight, and the UFC should figure out a way to get him in against more top tier fighters, whether that means others lowering their weight or him stepping up. I blame the UFC because it's in part their job to make sure fighters are fighting who they should be, not just who they want to (for reasons of camaraderie, as with Machida, or because they want to take it slow).

I actually think that quote by Silva, about his wanting to test himself at LHW, is kinda bull -- to me there didn't seem any question he would be competitive at the weight class. The guy wants to get into boxing, well, he should watch the Pacquiao/De la Hoya fight a few times. That's how you step up in weight when you're a champion.
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:23 PM   #32 (permalink)
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all this being said...Anderson still has 6 more fights left in his contract. I would say make an agreement with Dana for 2 more fights...1 mediocre and 1 super. Fight somebody like Chael Sonnen then get GSP to move up and fight him.


I'd even like to see a Ryo Chonan rematch
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:37 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Silva's not wanting the light heavyweight title isn't the point. You don't pit a champion, main event fighter against rubbish. Silva is a middle weight, and the UFC should figure out a way to get him in against more top tier fighters, whether that means others lowering their weight or him stepping up. I blame the UFC because it's in part their job to make sure fighters are fighting who they should be, not just who they want to (for reasons of camaraderie, as with Machida, or because they want to take it slow).

I actually think that quote by Silva, about his wanting to test himself at LHW, is kinda bull -- to me there didn't seem any question he would be competitive at the weight class. The guy wants to get into boxing, well, he should watch the Pacquiao/De la Hoya fight a few times. That's how you step up in weight when you're a champion.
Silva agreed to fight Irvin as it was his first attempt at LHW- no he wasn't a top tier fighter but that was also on the put-together-quickly-to-screw-with-Affliction card. I really don't see the problem with him having fought Irvin in his first move up attempt. They wanted to try and put together a possible Chuck-Anderson fight at LHW at UFC 95 but Chuck doesn't want to fight until later.

Silva has already cleared out a lot of the MW contenders- though I want to see him fight Okami obviously- but he's beaten one the best MWs in the world in Franklin and just crushed Henderson. Cote was basically the next best thing that was left with Okami's injury. I'd like to see a rematch with Marquardt, Bisping is being groomed for a down the line title shot, Maia is rising fast and Leites is obviously in the mix.

I don't agree with Silva turning this fight down but as for going up to LHW with the current schedule of top LHWs already fighting there aren't many top level LHW to fight right now.

Silva also isn't the only one who won't fight a teammate.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:06 PM   #34 (permalink)
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This is why I havnt ordered my tickets! Both UFC events 85 and 89 promised big fights CHUCK vs SHOGUN and Silva vs Machida..

But got let down...I think UFC/Dana lies to us UK folk to make us buy tickets then ooopsie something happened lol

You USA lot have it best!
I didn't want to wait in case it sold out and I couldn't get them for me and my mates, but once again the headliner has flopped. I'll still enjoy it, but I'll never get an opportunity to see Silva live
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:13 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I don't blame Anderson at all, the guy has done nothing but demolish everyone he's been put in front of, and his last two fights haven't exactly been against world-beaters (Irvin and Cote).

If the guy is truly retiring next year, i couldn't for the life of me figure out how steamrolling Thales Leites would do anything for his legacy. I asked a few of my co-workers who watch UFC's at my place with me, and not one of them even remembered the guy.
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:42 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Weird. A Silva always wanted to fight/fought every 3 months and his last fight against Cote wasn't even a "fight" as they barely exchanged. Thought he got pretty frustrated with the way things went and wanted to fight ASAP so why isn't he ready to fight again?
Probably a combination of things; timing and management. He's nothing to prove for one. His fights have not even been marginally close at all other than with Lutter if you will. He's left a trail of destruction and instilled fear in fighters who don't normally fear. What does that tell you. He's ready for the super fights to put a stamp on his legacy. I'm not gonna mention his name, but a UFC fighter who heads our gym mentioned the same about Cote. Wasn't even close. GSP, BJ Penn, LHW title fight is certainly in order. Seriously if Brock "somehow" became champion I would love to see "The Spider" even take him out...lolz!
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:45 PM   #37 (permalink)
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i just dont see okami doing anything great against silva..

franklin > okami
Henderson > okami

hell, even cote > okami

they had nothing on silva, what chance does okami really have?
yea i agree . besides he has only 2 win streak ... i think maia or leites deserve it more imo.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:26 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I didn't want to wait in case it sold out and I couldn't get them for me and my mates, but once again the headliner has flopped. I'll still enjoy it, but I'll never get an opportunity to see Silva live
I share your grief.. However, I will say after being originally deflated with the disaster that was 85.. It was still amazing to see it live! Obviously the big name events I would prefer.. Gonna remain optomistic for 95 for now
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