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Old 02-25-2011, 12:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva's coach thinks GSP should stay in his division

"Georges St. Pierre should stay in his division, because if he moves up he’d have much headache. St. Pierre is a strategic fighter. Besides being very dangerous, Anderson also is strategic, so he has two weapons. Anderson has an advantage over St. Pierre because of his reach and game, he has a more efficient Muay Thai and a tough ground game. Anderson will be prepared for him”

I really think GSP takes this. I think his combination of wrestling and Jiu Jitsu should stifle Silva. Although it's definitely a ridiculously close fight.

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“Georges St. Pierre should stay in his division, because if he moves up he’d have much headache. St. Pierre is a strategic fighter. Besides being very dangerous, Anderson also is strategic, so he has two weapons. Anderson has an advantage over St. Pierre because of his reach and game, he has a more efficient Muay Thai and a tough ground game. Anderson will be prepared for him”. - Josuel Distak to TATAME.com

The megafight that mixed martial arts fans have all been waiting for seems to be closer and closer to actually happening.

In an interview with TATAME.com Anderson Silva's boxing coach, Josuel Distak, gave his opinion on the fight.

Dana White has already stated that the Anderson Silva/Georges St. Pierre fight would occur if the Canadian were to emerge victorious against Jake Shields at UFC 129. Neither a date or location have been picked, although White has hinted at a Toronto location for the fight. Anderson Silva has already expressed his frustration with a possible Toronto venue.

Was Distak correct? Should Silva be the favorite because he is both strategic and dangerous? Or is he undervaluing St. Pierre?
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Its obvious and has been for a while Silva and his camp don't want to fight GSP. Just not sure if it's because it's dangerous or because they don't respect him.
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GSP is the perfect matchup for Silva, it's the other figters at MW that I think GSP might struggle against. Stylistically Okami and Sonnen are horrible matchups for St. Pierre.
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GSP is the perfect matchup for Silva, it's the other figters at MW that I think GSP might struggle against. Stylistically Okami and Sonnen are horrible matchups for St. Pierre.
Really? I think St. Pierre can easily sub Sonnen given his dodgy BJJ history. And Okami would be a good match-up. I don't know if either guy could take the other down. Although I would give Okami the advantage. While St. Pierre has the striking advantage.
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While they make some good arguments, the problem is that Silva has shown a weakness in a recent fight and GSP hasn't. I cannot wait for when this fight actually happens. It will probably break the UFC PPV record.
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If Shields managed to out grapple Okami i think GSP could too. Don't get me wrong it would be a pretty even fight but GSP is quite possibly the most gifted wrestler in the world - He is basically Olympic alternate standard and thats without doing any wrestling in college or as a youth, i dont see him getting outgrappled by anyone less than 30lbs or so heavier than him.
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While they make some good arguments, the problem is that Silva has shown a weakness in a recent fight and GSP hasn't.
Maybe not in a RECENT fight, but look at this: The biggest upset for GSP was a good, strong punch from Matt Serra. GSP showed that he can be knocked clean out with a single good, hard punch. And the single most dangerous man in that regard is Anderson Silva. Silva has the capability to put GSP into la-la-land in a single second.

On the other hand, Silva has shown via Hendo and Sonnen that his weakness is being held down by a strong wrestler and beaten up. And the single most dangerous man in the divisions for that is... GSP. He has the capability to take Silva down and beat him mercilessly for five rounds.

Overall, the ONLY person who might beat Silva is GSP. And the ONLY person who might beat GSP is Silva. They're each the other's Kryptonite, and so each of them should rightly be cautious - or even scared.
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While they make some good arguments, the problem is that Silva has shown a weakness in a recent fight and GSP hasn't. I cannot wait for when this fight actually happens. It will probably break the UFC PPV record.
Technically, Silva has reviled no weaknesses, seeing as he actually subbed Sonnen, Hendo and Lutter. Silva has also proved to have an iron jaw. The fibre of GSP's jaw is debatable.
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Silva's camp is just scared, GSP posses the biggest threat to Silva because he has amazing wrestling and won't get subbed like Sonnen. GSP is also quick enough to avoid most of the damage Silva would do on his feet.

Silva would probably have his way with GSP if he got him against the fence and used the clinch, but the fight will never go there.


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Technically, Silva has reviled no weaknesses, seeing as he actually subbed Sonnen, Hendo and Lutter. Silva has also proved to have an iron jaw. The fibre of GSP's jaw is debatable.
Of course he has a weakness, its his TDD. Silva was able to sub wrestlers who have sub par or horrible BJJ, GSP is not one of those cases. GSPs jaw is fine, he got rocked once and a fighter was able to take advantage of it. Silva got rocked against Sonnen who is not known for his power, if Sonnen posses any type of good striking game, he would have jumped on Silva like no other but he was too hesitant.

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Silva's coach should stfu. I don't happen to believe that Anderson is afraid of anyone, or that he doesn't want to fight certain people... the dude has taken on those who fight to his strengths and weaknesses alike. But when there are two men, only one of whom can be on top... you have to somewhat come off as though you actually WANT that fight, and if I'm being honest, neither man really seems excited about the opportunity. Statements like this, however, are just daft... saying someone should stay in their own division for their own good sounds dodgy.
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