GSP or Silva - Which Champion has a tougher fight stylistically?

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POLL: So which champion has a tougher matchup stylistically?
GSP with Johny Hendricks 45% (14)
Anderson Silva with Chris Weidman 55% (17)
jjeans
11/18/12 2:27:51PM
So supposedly the blueprints for beating Anderson Silva are to take him down, hold him there and avoid the submissions.

The supposed blueprints for GSP is to land a clean power shot and make him question his heart.

Hendricks has the ability to keep the fight standing and in his last 5 fights he has finished 3 in the opening round. But in the 2 decisions with Pierce and Koscheck, they were both razor close.

Silva's supposedly got bad takedown defence but it's weird that Chael can take Silva down in 6 straight rounds but in one round Silva barely loses his balance at all throughout a couple of takedown attempts.
Weidman though has never been in any controversy and has never been hurt or in a dangerous position.

So which champion has a tougher matchup stylistically?

I'd say they're identical, but sometimes I question whether Silva "let" the Sonnen match be a close match for marketting purposes. So I'm picking Hendricks
king_katool
11/18/12 2:36:55PM
I dont see a clear #1 contender at mw, I dont think weidman has earned it yet, honestly id put boestch ahead of him, beating okami who was just the #1 contender and then derailing the lombard hype train impressed me more then beating maia, who immediately droped to WW and Munoz

Which why im so glad there fighting, winner deserves a shot


To answer the question, Hendricks, I think he has a great shot, I dont see weidman even making it clise with silva
JLS1980
11/18/12 3:19:13PM
I'm gonna go with equal. Both challengers have about the same chance IMO.
frizzzlecake
11/18/12 3:28:48PM
Honestly I think Hendricks has the best chance. His TDD and concrete block could put GSP away quick.

This coming from a Weidman nuthugger.
sparky
11/18/12 4:25:20PM
I think style wise you have to say Anderson has a tougher challenge just because he has a bit more trouble with wrestlers. GSP dominates every wrestler based fighter he faces and in my opinion Hendricks wont be any different. GSP will finish Johnny I think, Hendricks has nothing off his back and when GSP puts him there and starts pounding him into a puddle I think he will wilt away like a dying flower.
kingsmasher
11/18/12 6:25:41PM
Silva by a mile he has an extreme weakness to wrestling and Weidmans BJJ game can hang with anyone in the division...He also has a long reach...

Come on man...I cant believe anyone would actually think GSP....I thought Hendricks lost to Koscheck but the UFC needed Hendricks to win for a future title shot against GSP...

I dont think Hendricks could beat Condit or Rory...Just cause he one punched Fitch and Kampmann with a left just means they fully underestimated...

I think Kampmann just never thought he would get hit and would just get taken down...and surprise...
SpiderSilva
11/18/12 9:26:23PM

Posted by kingsmasher

Silva by a mile he has an extreme weakness to wrestling and Weidmans BJJ game can hang with anyone in the division...He also has a long reach...

Come on man...I cant believe anyone would actually think GSP....I thought Hendricks lost to Koscheck but the UFC needed Hendricks to win for a future title shot against GSP...

I dont think Hendricks could beat Condit or Rory...Just cause he one punched Fitch and Kampmann with a left just means they fully underestimated...

I think Kampmann just never thought he would get hit and would just get taken down...and surprise...



yet a one elbow vs a rusty injured fighter makes him the best. And how is takedown defense Silva's biggest weakness if he still wins?



try harder
warglory
11/18/12 10:14:47PM

Posted by SpiderSilva


Posted by kingsmasher

Silva by a mile he has an extreme weakness to wrestling and Weidmans BJJ game can hang with anyone in the division...He also has a long reach...

Come on man...I cant believe anyone would actually think GSP....I thought Hendricks lost to Koscheck but the UFC needed Hendricks to win for a future title shot against GSP...

I dont think Hendricks could beat Condit or Rory...Just cause he one punched Fitch and Kampmann with a left just means they fully underestimated...

I think Kampmann just never thought he would get hit and would just get taken down...and surprise...



yet a one elbow vs a rusty injured fighter makes him the best. And how is takedown defense Silva's biggest weakness if he still wins?



try harder



I think kingsmasher's comments can be ridiculous, but he made legitimate points here, and they shouldn't be disregarded as trolling by default.
warglory
11/18/12 10:17:00PM
I think Hendricks is perhaps a bit overrated thus far. He is a great talent, and deserves the next shot if that is indeed what happens, but I don't think he has demonstrated any particular aspect of his game that would be a threat to GSP.

I think Weidman's strength and wrestling ability will be far more problematic for Silva (though I think Silva would still win).
wurzel
11/18/12 11:35:48PM
I think both fighters retain their belts. Silva should have a slighty harder time doing so.
tepid55
11/19/12 1:55:02PM
I think Weidman could use his wrestling and ground game to win because Silva has had problems with great wrestlers before (ie the first Chael Sonnen fight).