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Old 08-19-2009, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could A. Silva and Evans be a likely fight?

It occurred to me while responding to another thread today that A. Silva and if Evans beats Rampage the two could very well meet in their next fight. Rashad has made it clear that he would like to fight Anderson eventually. And with a win over Rampage, which in my opinion wouldn't quite ready him in Joe Silva's eyes for a rematch with Machida -- could have him fighting A. Silva.

So, to my point. Is Silva a worse stylistic match up for Evans than Machida was? Is the conclusion of this fight going to be similar? And if Silva does win again, does the UFC have the power to force him to fight Lyoto? I think there are a lot of questions in the LHW division. Especially with the complication of A. Silva/Machida. But something tells me with Dana's statement "I promise I could make the fight happen" at the post fight conference that there's something contractual he can do to force the fight. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly I think that Silva would give Evans a kicking. Whether this means he would be FORCED to fight Lyoto I'm not sure, surely they can't force him to do anything, though I don't see the point of him moving to the division if he doesn't want a title shot, he can win all the fights at LHW he wants but if he doesn't have the belt his reasons for moving seem purely academic.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hoenstly, even if Rashad beats Rampage, I don't think he'll fight Silva. I'm not saying he's a fight dodger or anything but there's so many other talented fighters in that division that he could probably beat or at least have a decent chance of beating to further insure another chance at the LHW title.

I mean, it be an interesting fight but I think Rashad has had enough of Black House for the time being...
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva would win by complete destruction. I mean Forrest gave Rashad problems on the feet and Anderson picked Forrest apart with ease. Im not saying that Rashad is a bad fighter by any means, but Silva is on a whole different level than Rashad.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i got a feeling rashad wont stand up in this fight.... because of his wrestling ability he might want to stay on the ground....... he can do pretty good takedown but can silva stop those kind of takedowns? i think silva will win just the same way he beat forrest unless rashad has a great game plan
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silva vs evans would be totaly different than silva vs griffin.
griffin is a brawler, "in your face" kind of fighter. he attacks.
rashad though, is more a counter-striker. he doesn't go after the other fighter. he likes to wait. look at the fight against liddell. he hidn't go after chuck.
against silva it could be the same thing. with the major difference that if rashad would wait to long for the perfect opportunity, he would get KO'd before he has the chance to counterpunch.
i honestly think that the only chance to beat silva right now is to get him on the ground. ant that to, doesn't guarantee the victory.

and NO. i don't think the ufc can force silva and machida to fight.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You can "force" two fighters into a match, but you can't force their desire to "really" fight. If Silva and Lyoto were "forced" into a match, you'd have two fighters unwilling to go for blood or to finish the other one off. You'd have two primarily evasive fighters, who pick & choose strategic points of timing to attack and likes to wait and exploit a counter situation. Add those elements on top of both fighters being reluctant to fight each other and you'd have the most anticipated, money-making and viewed sparring session ever.

I think it'd be 5 rounds of pace checking, foot work and strikes that lack ill intention.

Anderson/Rashad feels like a Lyoto/Rashad. Unless Rashad has improved dramatically in mental strategy.
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If Rashad beats Rampage then yeah I could see this fight happening. Styles make fights, Machida has great TDD, AS doesn't have great TDD. Forrest is slower, more aggressive and a less powerful striker than Rashad. If Rashad uses his wrestling and sets up his shots properly, then I think he can pull it off in a 3er.
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i see silva vs evans going the same way as machida vs evans
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if rashad beats rampage then maybe but i hope not i like both fighters and wouldnt wanna see one possibly get knocked out.
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