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Old 01-22-2011, 06:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I would actually love to see this fight happen. If Silva wins GSP stays down at WW like BJ Penn did. Also if Silva wins I would like to see him get an immediate title shot at whoever the LHW champion is. If GSP wins then he moves permanatly up to MW and I still think Silva moves to LHW.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Every time I heard about this fight it just feels like a cheep sub for Silva vs Shogun, its like they can't get Silva to fight Shogun which is the fight people really want to see, so they try selling this fight by trying to convince people that this is the fight they want to see instead when really its not.
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I honestly dont care if I never get to see this fight. Its an easy win for GSP. Styles make fights.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I think Dana knows it's now or never. Unless Silva wants to fight 3 times this year and do Okami shortly after GSP fights Shields?

From a business perspective there's not much point risking losing the opportunity for this superfight by facing Silva off with Okami, Sonnen or anyone else. One of these guys is going to beat Anderson soon so it may as well be GSP in what will be the biggest fight ever.

Okami should get the winner of GSP and Silva, which will be GSP, and then Anderson can either work his way back to a title shot or go to 205 and hope he avoids all the wrestlers who wouldn't get subbed out like Sonnen and leaky gas tank Lutter.

Anderson Silva has lit the UFC up for years but his fall is coming, he just hasn't met a good takedown artist with equally good top control and sub defense yet. Sonnen was almost that guy, he did it for almost 25 minutes. I have no doubt GSP would finish the job and I think the likes of Rashad Evans would do too.
I think this is definately the time to do this fight. It would be a record-breaking draw, and there is no point in waiting any longer. Silva isn't old yet, but he is 35, which for the fight game is definitely closing in on the downhill side of your career (Couture is a notable exception).

I'm not sure Silva is quite as vulnerable to wrestling as Sonnen made him look. I think he is weaker on the ground than previously thought, but he looked very uncharacteristically slow in the Sonnen fight. I don't normally give much credence to excuses, like 'my ribs were hurt' after a fight, but it did look like something was wrong with Silva, he looked terrible.

Silva will obviously lose if he fights long enough, as anyone will, but the idea that Rashad Evans could beat him right now just makes me laugh out loud. GSP has a chance, but Evans can't do anything better than GSP, except weigh in heavier. GSP is far more explosive, has better top control and better striking, although perhaps less ko power. Silva would eat Evans alive.
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I'm hoping they both finish their opponents and we can see this dream fight.
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Every time I heard about this fight it just feels like a cheep sub for Silva vs Shogun, its like they can't get Silva to fight Shogun which is the fight people really want to see, so they try selling this fight by trying to convince people that this is the fight they want to see instead when really its not.
Man I couldn't disagree more! These are the #1 and #2 P4P fighters in the world and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see this! Those who say that this is an easy fight to GSP think a bit too highly about GSP! Yes his wrestling is phenomenal but Silva is a huge Middleweight and he has quite a bit of reach advantage against GSP and that will make taking him down that much more difficult. I'm sure GSP can take Silva down in the fight but every round starts standing and when Silva gets that one hit it is usually followed by a dozen more then it's lights out.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Man I couldn't disagree more! These are the #1 and #2 P4P fighters in the world and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see this! Those who say that this is an easy fight to GSP think a bit too highly about GSP! Yes his wrestling is phenomenal but Silva is a huge Middleweight and he has quite a bit of reach advantage against GSP and that will make taking him down that much more difficult. I'm sure GSP can take Silva down in the fight but every round starts standing and when Silva gets that one hit it is usually followed by a dozen more then it's lights out.
its just too much of a size difference, it has freak show written all over it.

GSP is exactly right for WW its where he lives and where he should be there is no issues in my mind with GSP staying at WW.

Silva is a LHW who fights at MW, a guy his size is better suited at LHW, which is why the Shogun vs Silva fight @ LHW has so much appeal, them meeting at the middle to fight at MW where Silva is proven at, or even worse at a catch weight of say 180 meaning Silva fights even further below his rightful place than what he already does, just has little to no appeal to me.

Maybe it would grow on me if GSP was to move to MW and prove himself in that division with a couple of fights against the likes of say Maia or Palhares who for the record I think would slay GSP, if he was to get the win over ether of those guys then I would be impressed, then he could move on to face Silva and just maybe I would be hyped about it.
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Georges would wreck Maia and Palhares. They wouldn't be able to take him down, and he'd maul them on the feet.

Personally, I think Georges has cleared out 170, and I'd love to see him move up and see how he does at 185. Georges has made it clear that if he moves up in weight, it'll be a permanent move, meaning he'll vacate his belt. I personally think that's a great thing for 170, it'd completely open the division up.
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I think if you win the right of a title shot noone can take it away from you because a better prospect is coming through. If GSP is moving to Middleweight make him fight Okami first to earn the shot at the belt.
That's the exact same thing they've been doing to Okami - making him the indefinite number 1 contender. You either give him the shot or you don't. It seems they're aren't.

I really don't see much greatness out of Okami, so it doesn't bother me that he doesn't get the shot. He's not the best wrestler, not the best striker, not the best submission specialist... He's not even the most exciting.
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Silva is too big for GSP, rather see him vs SHogun.
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