Something that makes me scratch my head. Aside from the obligatory shittalking coach (every hypable fight has at least one).
Aside from beating Franklin, what has Belfort done to recieve all of this hype? He KOed the guy who Silva embarassed twice. And that was 16 months ago. There have been no video's of his training, no interview's with those snazzy cutaways of the fighter training. There is no evidence to suggest Belfort is even close to a match for Anderson Silva besides the opinions of this coach, and Randy Couture.
Randy Couture also said that Gray Maynard was going to control and dominate Edgar. We saw how that one went. So I trust his opinion no more than I trust that of random coach #1. He's in his guys corner, hyping him up.
There's no doubt Silva's only weakness is his ground game. Sonnen pressured and put him on the ground. He almost won. Leban pressured him and kept it standing, and learned what it feels like to have a forced nap. Pressure alone is not enough when your opponent has the composure to be punched in the face for 22:30, and still finish you.
Belfort has very little chance of winning this fight. He's never shown ANY dominant grappling skills. And training with Couture for a year can only do so much, when you look at it realistically. He's never shown a great gas tank. He has shown (in the fight against Franklin) increased patience and an ability to keep himself in check. Of course this has never been tested as well.
The point I'm trying to make is that while Belfort may in fact be Silva's biggest test (something I call BS on. Sonnen looked like quite a test if you ask me... and Silva has never had ANY problems with strikers). He's completely untested in every aspect people claim will be Silva's achilles heel.
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My goal is to end my opponent --Carlos Condit