Posted by iwannabesedated
Posted by Dberntson
Silva should quit calling out GSP then. Silva vs Jones is basically the same as GSP vs Silva. The advantage goes to the bigger fighter.
Not always true, Royce Gracie dominated and was a lot smaller than most guys he fought, Granted back then most of the guys fighting aside from a few were basically turds, but still Athleticism and Technique > Size and Strength... Jones isn't really a fair comparison because he's just a freak of a human. Anderson has beat other 205ers like Forrest who are naturally bigger than he is. Frank Edgar was a champ at 155 a class he was smaller than most he fought.
I agree that skill beats size and strength, however, if both fighters are skilled fighters and athletes, and relatively at the same level, then the scale tips towards size and strength. We are talking about the top 3 PFP fighters in GSP, Silva and Jones, therefore athleticism and technique are basically off the table as each fighter is at the top of the game (and freaks of nature) - the big difference is size. Silva beat bigger fighters who did not have the same skill set as Jones and GSP. Edgar is a fair comparison, with the exception that he was considered a top PFP at the time and his opponents were top tens but not at the same level with Silva/Jones/GSP.