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post #101 of 104 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 03:13 PM
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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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post #102 of 104 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by CutterKick View Post
Oh no, I'm a douche because I don't Vitor will win. You want a sig bet, message me.

I'm off, this place is beyond the point no return.
ok, maybe douche was a little harsh. i've been waiting a lot of months (the fight was canceled too much) to see belfort dethrone silva, so i've been showing a little too much emotion lately! i do want a sig bet though. let's do it here cuz i don't think i have enough posts to pm someone.
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ok, maybe douche was a little harsh. i've been waiting a lot of months (the fight was canceled too much) to see belfort dethrone silva, so i've been showing a little too much emotion lately! i do want a sig bet though. let's do it here cuz i don't think i have enough posts to pm someone.
You do, it's fifty postts. I'm not discussing it here.

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post #104 of 104 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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"I'm the kind of guy, I don't have pressure anymore," he said. "I used to have a lot of pressure. Young guy, came to the scene, had to win. Everything was about 'have to win.' If you didn't win? It's funny how people talk. If you lose a fight, you have to retire. Everyone expects all of us to win, to do things great. It's not enough. It's never enough. You can never can please everybody. The way I live my life what I can do best today."

Belfort has won five straight matches, but only one of these came in the UFC, a September 2009 first-round knockout of Rich Franklin.

Afterward, the anticipated fight between Silva and Belfort was postponed multiple times because of injuries suffered by both men. Silva injured an elbow, necessitating surgery, while Belfort also had surgery, his to address a torn shoulder labrum.

After a 16-month layoff for the surgery and subsequent rehabiliation, Belfort will attempt to become the first UFC fighter to win titles in three different decades. In 1997 he won a one-night heavyweight tournament championship. Seven years later, he captured the light-heavyweight championship, defeating Randy Couture. And now, seven years after that, he hopes to add a middleweight belt to his list of accomplishments.

Belfort says winning the belt would not change him, noting "I already know how that feels," but acknowledged his belief that Silva is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, as well as the challenge of facing him.

"If I said I faced someone like Anderson before, I'd be lying," he said. "He's a type of unique guy in the sport. The way he fights, the way he proves himself. It's very interesting. I'm very curious how the fight's going to go. Like he said, we're training every way possible. We have to do our best. The predictions are going to be out there. We just have to go out and do our best, what I'm capable of. We're going to have to adapt in the octagon, so be ready. We trained hard, we're both ready and it's going to be time to go."

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