Posted by cowcatcher
i think anderson could take this standing or if he decides to take it to the ground. manhoef is a phenominal striker, but anderson is a smart stand up fighter that would use the jab to keep the much shorter and shorter armed manhoef at bay. with a guy like melvin, if youre lazy or not moving to a position that gives you good angles to strike from you will go to sleep, i just think anderson is far too savvy for that.
It's just this one is very difficult for me to pick on paper. Its one of those fights to me were you can't really confidently predict a clear winner until the fight actually begins. It's one of those fights you can't judge really on past performances, but on which gameplan is better.
It's funny, but Anderson Silva reminds A LOT of long time Middleweight boxing kingpin Bernard Hopkins who had 20 straight title defenses. Both struggled before they hit their stride, Anderson had 3 losses and Hopkins lost his debut and lost to Roy Jones. But both the Ryo fight and the Jones Jr. fight look to be the fights that really changed both of their careers for the better. Both looked completely unstoppable afterwards. Like Hopkins, Anderson isn't going to wow drunks at a bar like Wandy and Chuck with high volumes of punching. They don't throw 10 punch combinations praying at least one stuns their opponents. They make every punch count with beautiful and phenomenal skill and pin point accuracy. Now Hopkins is considered "boring" since he isn't wearing 4 ounce gloves but trust me, with his power and skill just like Silva's, he'd be just as much of a beast in MMA on the feet. They start off slow getting your timing up and then once they figure you out, they turn it up and frustrate you, destroy you and just make you look plain amateur. They both use a lethal combination of speed, technique, and savvy in one great mix to win.
Like I said, it all depends on the gameplan. If Melvin is just ALITTLE too aggressive, Anderson will make him look horrible. I mean amateur like he did Leban in that brutal fashion. just not as quick. He'll have him running into his shots with perfect timing like he did Leban. BUT, if Melvin is calm like he was against Sakaruba, he can definitely pull the upset off. If he just stays calm and just calmly walks him down. It will slow Anderson down from figuring him out and will make Anderson nervous since he will know one punch and he's out. Like CMill21
said, once Melvin senses your in danger, YOUR SCREWED! I don't care if your freakin Rampage or Fedor, YOUR DONE! I don't think we will be seeing ANY ground game in this fight. Anderson does not shoot takedowns, he only subs off the back when wrestlers take him their. But I assure you, this will end in standing KO fashion.
Interesting because Silva has a 1-1 boxing record with that lost coming by KO. But with Melvin, his KO losses were from 4 ounce gloves. BUT once Silva rocked Hendo, Hendo unleashed 3-4 straight right hands that landed 100% CLEAN that Anderson look like he didn't even feel. And Hendo's right hand power is right up their with Melvin. So like I said, it depends on who has the better gameplan and who makes the first mistake. But I will go on recent dominance and lean towards Anderson for a late stoppage. It seems the longer this fight goes, the more it benefits Silva, the but the quicker it ends, you got to give the nod to Melvin but I think Silva will stay calm, figure him out eventually and pick apart middle and late with pin point accuracy until he gets a late fight stoppage. Very hard fight to pick but I got to pick on recent success even though if Melvin wins the MWGP, this whole argument for me makes it look even more impossible to pick a winner.