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Old 07-19-2011, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson's talent and epic-ness is a waste...

i mean this guy is already on his decline from an age/physical aspect..... it may not have shown itself yet, but this dude has less than 3 years of his prime left. maybe he is a freak of nature and will continue his onslaught till he is 45 but that is not likely...

he cleared out a whole division.. to stay at MW now is a waste.

there are so many interesting fights left for him at LHW and even HW... if he is trying to protect his legacy by limiting himself then he is making the wrong decision. he is the greatest ever, he needs to go for another title and if he loses so what.. there is much more honor in stepping your game up and losing a fight against the best than hiding away in MW...

i just fear his legacy will be tarnished by people saying that his division was cabbage, and when the MMA game evolves as it will for at least a few decades people will just write him off saying the game was different back then...

have i gone off my rocker? opinions?
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i mean this guy is already on his decline from an age/physical aspect..... it may not have shown itself yet, but this dude has less than 3 years of his prime left. maybe he is a freak of nature and will continue his onslaught till he is 45 but that is not likely...

he cleared out a whole division.. to stay at MW now is a waste.

there are so many interesting fights left for him at LHW and even HW... if he is trying to protect his legacy by limiting himself then he is making the wrong decision. he is the greatest ever, he needs to go for another title and if he loses so what.. there is much more honor in stepping your game up and losing a fight against the best than hiding away in MW...

i just fear his legacy will be tarnished by people saying that his division was cabbage, and when the MMA game evolves as it will for at least a few decades people will just write him off saying the game was different back then...

have i gone off my rocker? opinions?
U off your rocker, yes he has clear his division but its not up to him its up to the ufc. Tell me y on earth don't they want to give him a super fighter. He is down for gsp has been for 3 years now but nothing. He has okami,sonnen/stann and he has offically clear out the mw division.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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It's not time just yet, and it may never be. Challenges has kept popping up, though some, admittedly have been subpar :/

Right now he's got a serious challenge in Okami, and I think people still want to see the rematch with Sonnen (Though the thought of him even having a tiny chance of becoming an actual UFC champion makes me cringe) And if Sonnen loses to Stann then there's a whole new challenge there

Silva is just fine at MW, he's got more to do than GSP. He has Diaz, then what? Fitch again? BJ again? Condit could be entertaining but not all that competitive :/ He's cleaned out his division bar Diaz and done so decisively. He's been through them all (bar Diaz) and is on his way through them again, Silva is not
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He looked like he was definitly going to move up for a while, testing the waters at 205 and calling out Frank Mir at heavyweight, then he went completly the other way and said he was going to finish his career at MW. I think the best thing for Anderson is to beat Okami, then fight and beat GSP. Then ideally fight John Jones after Jones has defended his title a few times, then retire as unquestioanably the greatest of his era and all time.

Realistically I think he will probably retire if he fights and beats GSP. John Jones poses a lot of problems for Anderson.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I find it strange that he wants to finish his career at MW. He has probably 2 legit fights before the division is actually pointless from his perspective: Okami and Sonnen/Stann. Maybe the winner of Sonnen/Miller might get a shot. But thats debatable. Maybe if a few LHWs decide to give it a go at MW then we might see a proper fight, but if thats the case then the fight might as well be at 205 anyway. We know Anderson can still do very well in that division, he dominated big guys that can fight at LHW like Griffin, Franklin and Henderson. His speed would neutralise the added power these guys possess
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I find it strange that he wants to finish his career at MW. He has probably 2 legit fights before the division is actually pointless from his perspective: Okami and Sonnen/Stann. Maybe the winner of Sonnen/Miller might get a shot. But thats debatable. Maybe if a few LHWs decide to give it a go at MW then we might see a proper fight, but if thats the case then the fight might as well be at 205 anyway. We know Anderson can still do very well in that division, he dominated big guys that can fight at LHW like Griffin, Franklin and Henderson. His speed would neutralise the added power these guys possess
I don't find it strange, if I was him I'd do the same thing. It's in his best interest to stay reigning champ at MW and milk being the champion for all that it's worth. Fighting at LHW is risking his career and legacy at this point, he'll go down as one of the best ever. From a fans perspective, yes, I would love for Silva to fight Jones, Machida, Rampage, Shogun etc. I could see him beating all of them badly too. It's rare I think a fighter will beat Silva.
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I don't find it strange, if I was him I'd do the same thing. It's in his best interest to stay reigning champ at MW and milk being the champion for all that it's worth. Fighting at LHW is risking his career and legacy at this point, he'll go down as one of the best ever. From a fans perspective, yes, I would love for Silva to fight Jones, Machida, Rampage, Shogun etc. I could see him beating all of them badly too. It's rare I think a fighter will beat Silva.
But the fact that we know what he's capable of makes his legacy a little unfulfilled. People will always demand more, and slapping around a few LHWs would take him beyond his current legend and rise him into a Couture level. I know how good he is, most likely GOAT when its all said and done, but he's underrated as you can tell by him having so many haters, and that will affect his legacy.

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Old 07-19-2011, 10:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He still has a couple of guys in MW to go through. Okami, Stann and Sonnen still pose a threat at this point.
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He cleared a generation out in his weightclass. And he's still undefeated in the UFC.

Nothing was wasted. Nobody has touched his belt for years.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The only waste of Anderson Silva, was that he got going so late in life. He was the first true modern day mixed martial artist, great both on the ground and on the feet, it is just unfortunate that he is already 36 and based on a career timeline (5 years at the top) he should be in the middle of his prime if he begun earlier.

Perhaps his move to the cage as opposed to the traditional boxing 'ring' made his 'prime' stand-out more in the UFC, given easier for him to use his stand-up skills.

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