At least he's fighting them. I was not impressed with his performance. I'm at work now or i'd search and post it, but i'll have a look when i get back home this evening. It made sense after watching some of those takedowns from Lutter who wasn't exactly a good wrestler. I think it has the potential to be a good fight, and one that's much closer than a lot of Anderson fans are expecting, but I think that, ultimately, we're likely to see Anderson add another superhuman finish to his highlight reel. Plus, he was a replacement for Vitor who injured his shoulder, if i'm not mistaken, so Anderson didn't really think Maia was deserving of the title shot.
. First up, the Pound-for-Pound King, Anderson Silva. One thing i noticed is that Silva capitalizes on peoples mistakes so much better than other fighters, and tends to make no massive ones himself. I Just watched Wiedmans last 4 fights and after all this deliberation and contemplation its painfully clear that even a moderately competent Silva will destroy Wiedman. Then Chael came and brought a fight with him. I remember being with my friends and all of us flipping out that someone was actually beating up Anderson.
Wiedman will have to have the best fight of his life to beat Silva, and Silva will easily have to have his worst. You could see in his eyes, Bonnar knew he was fucked. Yes, Thales was butt-flopping, and yes Anderson refused to engage his guard, but why on earth would he put himself in a position that gives his opponent more opportunities to win? I don't get Silva's criticism now, it seems he was hitting Thales a lot but the guy didn't want to have anything to do with that fight. I remember Rogan stating that Silva was coming off of a knee surgery and he really should not been fighting so soon after. Most of his in-octagon shenanegans were meant to get Maia to engage, since he didn't want a repeat of the Thales Leites fight when Leites kept flopping to guard.
Those three strengths match up well against Anderson's weaknesses. Bonnar throws everything he has but doesn't touch Silva. Granted, Weidman is going to be a huge underdog, but he does have solid wrestling, ground and pound, and a bit of a submission game. Even if he's a bit too showboat-y and a little disrespectful. I definitely wasn't the only one yelling obscenities at Anderson and Leites every time Leites flopped onto his back. Chael definitely became our new hero. That's the thing about Silva, he doesn't just win, he dominates most fighters in a way we've never seen.
A frustrated Bonnar tries a kick and Silva steps out of the way, immediately sliding back into position against the fence and waving Bonnar on. I'm glad Anderson started finishing people again. Fights start on the feet, and if you want it on the ground, you gotta work for it. I believe it was a non-championship fight because Lutter had missed weight. I was at the Leites fight, and I spent a shit load of money on tickets and my hotel. Griffin was completely embarrassed by Silva as well. Whereas Wiedman will not only have to fight flawlessly, but also be consistent without being predictable, which seemed to be sonnens forte.
Gave Anderson the beating I so desperately wanted him to get. That's one of the things that made me into a fan of Chael. He beat some sense into Anderson and I'd agree that he saved the division. He lit a fire under Anderson's ass after nearly beating him and arguably saved the division. . .
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