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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Oh, the controversy

It would be safe to say that approximately 90% of the users in this forum dislike, or even hate, Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia.

I suppose people hate him for his boring fights against Arlovski III and Monson. Or maybe that he acts like a goof at times and wears his belt everywhere. Or that he "crapped" his pants ... the list goes on and on.

I personally think everyone is underrating Sylvia and has forgotten some of his past achievements. The guy has 16 (T)KOs for a reason ... oh well.

Now here is the million dollar question:

If Sylvia beats Couture via devastating fashion and then goes on to fight Cro Cop ... and wins! Would everyone jump on Sylvia's nuts?

Remember, this is a hypothetical question. I am not claiming anything.

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 10:38 AM
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i dont care if he beats randy because IMO it is expected but if he beats crocop... i'd give him all the respect in the world

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Big Tim already has my respect. He's the HW Champ, and he's defended his belt. He's 23-2 because he's a very good fighter, and really one of the most underrated. The reason I, and I'm assuming many others, don't like him is his talk/personality. Before fights he always says he'll end it early. But problem is, I don't see that when they step in the cage. He's a great fighter, but as Couture said, he fights not to lose rather than to win, and thats why I'll never like him.

But he's always had my respect.

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If he beats CroCop which I don't see happening I would be amazed. I do see him beating Randy though, cause if he loses I think it would be sort of puzzling.
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post #5 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 01:23 PM
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I like Tim. He is the champ for a reason. I will step up and say that I am a fan of Tim Sylvia.

Go Tim!
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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 02:10 PM
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Tim really doesn't bother me much. His fights may be boring but he has to be one of the smartest champs. He is well aware of his size and reach advantage and uses this to his full potential. Call it boring but his strategies are damn effective.

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Not a Tim hater, however cant say I will be wanting him to beat Couture or CroCop, as its already been said, Sylvia fights NOT to loose rather than press the action.
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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 02:23 PM
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If he actually FIGHTS then yeah he will have gained some respect, if he fights to not lose then i dont care who he beats, he still sucks.
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post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-24-2007, 03:43 PM
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his 16 tkos would be impressive if they where against good fighter's. I hate tim he is a moron. Even if he beats crocop i will still think he is a idiot. Its not his fighting i actually hate him. He didnt press the fight against aa in the third and aa had a broken foot. Monson would've beat him i believe he just wasn't big enough. sometimes size just nake to big a diffrence no matter how good you are. And if he can beat randy which is possible cause randy is getting up there i still won't care. I just hope he actaully fights instead of bore out a decsiosn.
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I can't stand Sylvia and here's why:

Sylvia has alot of potential as a fighter. For his size and his understanding of kickboxing he's fantastic. He used to be one of the best young strikers around when he was beating Cabbage and Ricco Rodriguez, but somewhere between his second fight with Arlovski and his third, he lost his will to be the best fighter that he could be.

Since beating Arlovski in their second fight we've seen him get slower, we've seen his punches lag and his cardio turn to sh*t. Now he's just trying to hold onto his title by hiding behind his jab.

Honestly, I can't respect that.

If Sylvia shows up at UFC 68 and KTFO's Couture in the first round like he should, based on what he's capable of, then that's awesome and I will, once again, be a Tim Sylvia fan, but he has to earn my respect back.

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