I think the whole chase after him thing is just usual pre-fight mind games. I don't think you'll find one cat from ATT who is going to make their strategy known b4 a fight.
But s to the match i agree with jujitsufreak, i think Silva is WAYYYYYYYYYYY overrated. Whom has he really beat?
Antonio Mendes: Was making his UFC debut and had never fought ANYONE every remotly UFC-calibur legit
. Houston has a glass jaw and got beat by Eric Schafer. Not legit
Tomasz Drwal: Watch that fight than look at Drwal's record. Drwal gave him fits and both fighters gassed bad by the first rd. I know Thiago will be in condition for this fight im not questioning that but truely terrible once u realize Drwal has only beat cans (actually they might be lower than cans).
James Irvin: Not even a legit contender but this is a NC, Irvin blew out his knee...
Every name earlier than that I don't even recgonize as I don't watch alot of minor orgs (damn jobs!).
Look at Machida comp. in comparison:
Beat Ortiz: As much as i hate the dude his record does speak for itself: From fightmatrix
3rd overall for most number of wins in the UFC
1st overall number of fights in the UFC
3rd overall in number of title fight wins in the UFC
T/1st overall number of UFC Title Defenses
T/3rd overall number of UFC title bouts.
I know Ortiz now is not the Ortiz of back than, but I think if you took Tito in his prime and put him vs Machida that night even in a title fight (which Tito holds a 6-2 record at, losing only to Liddell and Couture) i still think Machida would win. I mean Ortiz was 0 for 5 on his shots and Machida was 1 for one and did alot of damage from his one (stats according to fightmetric). So I don't think Silva's going to be rocking alot of takedown's. I do hate Tito but beating him is as legit as it gets. And you can't ignore his draw with Evans. He beat him but cheating costs you, but was able to take Rashad down alot and minimize most damage till the third.
O did I mention Tito's landing percentage in the first round of the Machida fight (from fightmetric). A whopping 0%. Yep, no joke....
The man pulled a Mir (+1 even) and KO'd Lil Nog (which had also, never happened). Than he KO'd Arona, which only Shogun and Rampage had managed to do before and to this day. Than Macida happned. This fight proved something very relevant to this fight. It does not matter how hard you hit when you cannot find your target. Soko was confused and totally lost vs Machida. Legit win even though Soko does not have a great chin by any means.
The only guys Kaz has lost to are: Lil Nog, Hendo, Wandy, Shogun, Machida, Soko, and Santiago (which from what i head he dominated the first 4 rds of that fight).
A top top level gatekeeper and Machida passed with flying colors. Legit win.
Beat David Heath:
I'm no Heath fan but it's a legit UFC win. Not one worth metioning but i did the last 4 for Silva so i figured i'd even it out. Has beat Sean Salmon, not great but at least one name which I can't say for Silva's opponents.
Then over the rest of his record he's beat: Hoger, White, Penn, Franklin, and Bonnar.
I bought into this s**t once with Huerta when he fought Florian and I read Performity's take on that fight and realized he was right, Huerta had never beat legit competion (aside from Guida) and Florian had.
This is another one of those fights (although i haven't seen Performity's take on it) and i won't be baited again.
There's no comparison, the ONLY reason anyone thinks this is a close match and the UFC even scheduled a match like this is becuase Thiago's last ame is Silva. If his name was James Irwin-Bob Joe, Machida would be like -600 in this fight. I love ATT and this is MMA and ANYTHING can happen but taking out the punchers chance all Machida all day.