Some of the finer points I'd like to see addressed is the different approach that both Pele and Spider take in defending from the bottom position as well as HOW they approach their attack and defense in striking.
From what I've seen Silva does both well more consistently than Pele.
I've seen Pele completely pass up opportunities for armbars and triangles when fighting from the guard whereas Silva goes for them.
IMO Pele seems to lose track of what he's trying to accomplish when defending on the ground. On the other hand Silva defends well from the ground, goes for subs, sweeps well and can scramble effectively to return the fight to a stand. Silva's fight with Horn was mentioned as a means to lend credence to Silva's supposed "weak" ground game....however...again...let's take a close look.
Horn got nothing done against Silva because Silva defended well from the bottom throughout the fight. He nullified Horn's offense WITH Horn in a more dominate position MOST of the time got some good work done from the guard and won a legit the decision over Horn.
Pele attacks and retreats in straight lines. He may give you a little lateral movement but essentially he's in front of you coming straight at you. It would'nt be that hard to get a line on a striker who fights this way and shoot successfully. Silva, on the other hand, presents more of a challenge because he attacks from angles and he sometimes moves to and attacks at his opponents weak side. Lastly, Pele and Silva's striking techniques are vastly different. Silva's a better judge of distance with his hands and knows how to use a jab to keep guys off balance and at a distance to set up other combos.
Two different fighters who have and will take a different approach to fighting a common opponent.
I mentioned before that Lutter fights in an orthodox stance opposite to Silva's southpaw stance and that this could be an advantage for Lutter since Silva's lead leg will be much closer and easier to drop and grab than if Silva had been a righthanded fighter. However their stances offer Silva opportunities, as well, to exploit Lutter's bad habits of carrying his left hand very low and drops it even lower when firing a right (a no no against a southpaw striker).
Many factors should be considered when comparing and contrasting fighter chances in upcoming matches. Merely mentioning their performance against a certain style, whether percieved or using knowlege application, as a means to justify a possible outcome just is'nt enough. Especially when the fighters share common opponents and at least two of them share a similar style. Anyone wanna argue?