04-18-2012, 01:24 PM
(04-17-2012 05:34 PM)Eli8024 Wrote: [ -> ]I think it the other way around. Jones is still an MMA novice fighting mostly on sheer athleticism. In Silva, he'd meet his match athletically, but where Silva wipes the mat with him is in striking and sheer instincts. He's proven against LHW's as well...I think its a disrespect to Silva to say a guy like Jones would beat him. Since....no one has legitimately longer than I can remember.
Oh yeah the proven Light Heavyweight fighters as well here is the ranking and Forrest is not even in the top 10 but you say Anderson Silva is a proven Light Heavyweight. I admit I do think Silva would do good in the Light Heavyweight Division as most of the Top 10 could not beat him and I honestly think there might only be 3 people on this list that he would be an underdog in my opnion with those would be Jon Jones, Rashad Evans and probably Lyoto Machida just because he is more of a defensive fighter and he would end up taking the fight to a decision and pull off the victory. Everyone else he would win against.But look in the Top 10 and Jones has beat 4 of them with ease and if he beats Evans which I believe he will but Evans will challenge him more than anyone else has then he will fight Dan Henderson and I believe he will win that as well and that could be 6 off this list. I also mention Silva had better strikeing but the reach will be his problem and if the fight goes to the ground Silva would be in alot of trouble and thats the main reason why I fell Jones would win, to much power to stop him from taking Silva to the ground and thats where the fight would end.
#1 Jon Jones 20.08%
#2 Rashad Evans 16.37%
#3 Dan Henderson 15.18%
#4 Mauricio Rua 13.28%
#5 Lyoto Machida 11.27%
#6 Alexander Gustafsson 6.52%
#7 Phil Davis 6.29%
#8 Ryan Bader 5.05%
#9 Quinton Jackson 3.74%
#10 Gegard Mousasi 2.22%
Honorable mentions: Forrest Griffin, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Anderson Silva
(04-18-2012 01:10 PM)dwegner1 Wrote: [ -> ]so you are saying that silva matches up with jones athletically and "wipes the mat" with him on striking and instincts? what fights are you watching? bones is possibly the most athletic fighter out there in his size category (185 lb+) and his striking is even more unpredictable than silva. I dont know why you are telling chris its amateurish to say bones beats silva 8 out of 10 times, and then you say silva would wipe the mat with bones with parts of his game. thats crazy talk. neither of these guys would wipe the mat with either, they are 2 of the top 3 fighters in the world.
I gotta say your blueprint for a silva victory is majorly flawed. To plan and stand and strike with a guy with a large reach advantage is not something most fighters plan on doing. and I think he would have a very hard time trying to use his clinch work on the larger stronger bones.
finally we had a post last month asking who the #1 fighter in the world is...
my answer then and now... anderson silva. Just saying that I am not hating on silva, just pointing out the major problems he would have in fighting the larger, stronger, younger bones. even if this fight were to ever happen it would be years from now, so its a moot point anyway
This is why I say reach is a big advantage as well as strength. Silva would have to have a game plan to stick and move and hope he dosen't get taking to the ground.