Originally Posted by sm3025
In light of Anderson Silva's recent match with Lutter and his virtually non-existent takedown defense, how do you guys think he would do again BJ Penn. It's true that Silva would have a good 15-20 pounds on BJ, but I got to think that BJ has good enough striking to survive on his feet and go for the takedown. And we all know that fighting BJ on the ground is flirting with death. I know that Silva has a black belt from the Nogueria brothers, but this is BJ Penn were talking about.......he's on a whole other level.
why do people think takedown defense is everything? doesn't anyone realize that another, very effective way to "deal" with takedowns is to go to the ground? I mean, to imply that takedown defense, and keeping the fight standing, is all that matters in the fight, ignores the ground game completely. Anderson couldnt' care less about being taken down because although he doesn't prefer it, he can use his BJJ effectively. at least to stall and tire his opponent. after that triangle, even if they got up, Lutter wouldn't have been eve close to 100%! Anderson is smart, he can take the fighte wherever it needs to go. Just because a fighter doesn't choose to stay standing, and lets himself get taken down, doesn't mean anytying. especially since in BJJ, the dominant position is actually on your back. this is a bad trend among some fans, but if your new, i'll let you know. it's true! BJJ experts will tell you, having the mount isn't as good as being underneath because you can get bucked off by a good ground guy, or even worse, i've seen kimura's, armbars and triangles--case in point--applied by the guy underneath. it is less stable to be in the mount, but on the ground, you don't have to keep any balance. Anderson didn't "get taken down" because he couldn't deal with it; he got taken down and knew he could deal with it on the ground... which he did perfectly well!!! if lutter didn't know how to defend against a triangle, he wouldh ave gotten choked out... that simple, but at the same time, did you see him escape the triangel? no...