Posted by Svartorm
This is a hard one to call honestly and arguements can be made both ways.
In terms of raw skills and youth, Vera is ahead in spades. Hes a phenominal grappler and has crisp kickboxing skills. The two big question marks are chin and endurance, as we've never seen his chin truely tested, and never seen him go the distance at a hard pace.
The one thing I'm not understanding though is everyone saying Tims never beaten top comp. He took out Ricco R. at the height of his game it brutal fashion, took out AA twice, and soundly beat Jeff Monson. His win against Tra Telligman wasn't a gimme fight either, as Tra is an excellent stand-up fighter.
The only arguably top fighter Veras taken out that Tim hasn't is Mir, and the NSAC wouldn't event let Big Tim have a rematch with Mir because of the skill and physical disperity. While he hasn't had an exciting fight, his reach makes him dangerous to stand with and his size makes him difficult to put on the ground, and I think this fight is going to give Vera fits. I'm willing to bet Vera loses to a TKO late in the fight, possibly from cuts, although I don't think Sylvia will look too pretty afterwards either.
i could not agree more, i think people are giving vera way too much respect on this fight.
Vera hasnt fought since november of last year, and that was against a frank mir who looked nothing like he did before his accident
Vera also changed fight camps so who knows how that effects his fighting
Vera also has been going to court over that situation with mark dion, who knows how much that might sway his concentration on the fight
with that said i think vera has the tools to stop tim, i just don't think he will be able to accomplish it in this period of his career