Posted by Pookie
I believe Silva's style would cause problems for Machida. His strikes are just as fast and accurate but pack way more power. Machida is fighting someone who can hit him for once.
Both are frustrating fighters to fight. Machida's not fighting Chuck, Wandy, or any other sloppy striker who can easily pick apart on the feet with technique. Like I said in the "Mahoef vs Silva" thread in the other organizations forum. Anderson reminds me of Bernard Hopkins as he gets off to a slow start to figure you out and get your timing down and then he turns it up after he has that figured out and then just wrecks you with a great combination of speed, power, and ring savvy. While Machida reminds me of the boxer Winky Wright as he's so elusive and his defense is so hard to figure out. Both are defensive minded and I think the same thing will thing happen that happened in the Hopkins-Winky fight.
Anderson will use his size and reach like Hopkins did and be more aggressive with the jab to find openings since both will need to work for openings and in a 3 round fight, I think Anderson would out work Machida in a decision win but in a 5 round fight, I'd take Silva by late stoppage.