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Old 02-09-2010, 05:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was thinking about the UFC MW division and the disarray that it currently is in. Outside of the Belfort fight there isn't much left for Silva. Not only that but Anderson only has two more fights on his contract. I think the UFC wants the two biggest fights for the remaining fights. Do you think possibly, the UFC conspired with Anderson to stay out a little longer to maybe make time for GSP to move up to Middleweight, OR for Shogun to possibly beat Lyoto and set up a huge fight at 205? I don't put much into it, and I know the injury was legit, but as tme passes, I'm slowly thinking that a superfight s inevitable before Anderson retires.
Anderson had minor surgery (which got very little press coverage) and was in recovery for a while.

He'll be back in April for Vitor. He'll probably fight once or twice more over the course of the year, but the competition isn't that exciting for the UFC brass, or for Silva.

It's hard to motivate anyone to get Silva to fight when he's not going to fight someone who's going to sell pay-per-views, because there's always a chance that a less-qualified fighter can turn the bout into a snoozefest (we learned that with Thales Leites) which reflects badly on Anderson and on the promotion.

I think the chances of another run up to 205 are pretty good. The fight with Georges is really totally up to Georges, because Anderson definitely can't come down to 170 to fight him.

There are plenty of good matchups for Anderson at 205 (I'd love to see him fight the winner of Rampage vs. Rashad, then Shogun), but he will need to defend his belt and since the top lightheavyweights are all going into matchups, we'll have to wait a while for one of those to get set up.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Anderson is scared of Vitor. He keeps delaying this fight. It will be his toughest test as champion, and I hope to God that he gets KO'd. Can't stand the guy.
Yeah, i find a load of s*** behind all this Anderson crap, hes a great fighter but there is definitely better present. He walks around at 220 but fights at 185, if he really wanted to test himself he'd be fighting hw.
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Anderson is scared of Vitor. He keeps delaying this fight. It will be his toughest test as champion, and I hope to God that he gets KO'd. Can't stand the guy.
Right. He keeps delaying the fight despite the fact the fight is scheduled.

And no, it wouldn't be his toughest test, not even in the top 3.
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And no, it wouldn't be his toughest test, not even in the top 3.
Oh I think Vitor is in the top 3 Alex. He is probably the best Striker Silva has faced so far, that puts him right into it.
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Oh I think Vitor is in the top 3 Alex. He is probably the best Striker Silva has faced so far, that puts him right into it.
Yeah and for someone like Anderson who relies alot on his striking it's definitely going to be interesting to see what happens.
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Saying Vitor scares Silva is dumb. Whoever said that earlier should really think about reenrolling back into the special ed classes they dropped out of, because you definitely need help being not retarded. As far as the stand up goes, Vitor is quick with excellent hands. Anderson is quick with excellent hands, feet, knees and elbows. In what way should Silva be scared? Vitor is explosive and powerful. So is Silva, but with a more complete striking game. Until whoever said that Silva is scared of Belfort can back it up in anyway, they should give some serious thought to not expressing their idiotic thoughts ever again.
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Right. He keeps delaying the fight despite the fact the fight is scheduled.

And no, it wouldn't be his toughest test, not even in the top 3.
Alex, debating with you is like debating with a wall. Everyone knows Silva is your boyfriend.

Anderson postponed this fight 3 times. He has done that before as well, just not this many times. And Vitor won't even be top 3? How do you figure? I would rank Marquardt, Vitor, and Hendo as the top 3 guys he has faced. You think the others rank above Vitor? LMFAO.
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Alex, debating with you is like debating with a wall. Everyone knows Silva is your boyfriend.

Anderson postponed this fight 3 times. He has done that before as well, just not this many times. And Vitor won't even be top 3? How do you figure? I would rank Marquardt, Vitor, and Hendo as the top 3 guys he has faced. You think the others rank above Vitor? LMFAO.
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Yeah, i find a load of s*** behind all this Anderson crap, hes a great fighter but there is definitely better present. He walks around at 220 but fights at 185, if he really wanted to test himself he'd be fighting hw.
This is kind of dumb.

You realize that Anderson walking around at 220 doesn't make him that different from most of the fighters in the UFC middleweight division.

Hell, Jason MacDonald (who's not even in the UFC anymore) cuts from 220. So does Anthony Johnson (a welterweight).

If he came up to fight at heavyweight, he'd have tougher competition, largely because he'd be fighting at a huge weight disadvantage. And that's fine. He's welcome to do that if he wants to.

But there's no one who's strung together ten straight wins. He hasn't had a throwaway fight in his entire UFC career (which is more than can be said for most fighters), and he's maintained dominance despite a consistent, high level of competition.

Georges St. Pierre hasn't showed that consistency.

B.J. hasn't showed that consistency.

Neither has Brock or Lyoto. All of them have had shaky performances at some point during their UFC career.

Anderson has defended the belt six times and has only lost two rounds (the first round of the Lutter fight, arguably, and the first round of the Henderson fight).

From a purely statistical standpoint, Anderson is the best fighter in the UFC.

If you can think of someone else with those kind of numbers, I'd love to hear the argument.


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Anderson postponed this fight 3 times. He has done that before as well, just not this many times. And Vitor won't even be top 3? How do you figure? I would rank Marquardt, Vitor, and Hendo as the top 3 guys he has faced. You think the others rank above Vitor? LMFAO.
Just to be clear, I think that Vitor is the an interesting matchup for Anderson. I think he may prove to be one of the toughest matchups Anderson's faced.

But I don't think it's really fair to judge where Vitor fits into the scale of opposition Anderson's faced. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.

Henderson was certainly Anderson's toughest matchup.

Lutter was surprisingly tough, stylistically, and had an exciting showing before burning out.

Marquardt did well, until getting reversed and pounded.

Those are probably the three toughest so far. And we'll see where Vitor fits in. If Vitor beats Anderson, then he will be the toughest fight of Anderson's career. If he is viciously knocked out in a minute, like James Irvin or Forrest Griffin, then he won't really factor in to the top ten.

That said, trying to factor Vitor into the equation when we have so much more data on all of the other opponents and everything with respect to Vitor is so thoroughly speculative is a little ridiculous.

Vitor poses some new challenges for Anderson. That makes him interesting. The boxing skill may be something that poses a problem for Anderson, it may not. At the moment, I think it probably won't. As good a boxer as Vitor is, his striking can be beaten, and Anderson has been on a tear, especially in the area of striking, where it's been hard to see any opportunity for Vitor to take advantage of failures in his striking.
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