Posted by ncordless
Machida is probably the worst style matchup for Silva. Machida's ability to keep the fight at a distance would be tough for Silva to overcome. If it's classic Wandy v. Machida, I'd say Machida by UD.
However, if Wandy's training with Couture's gym is rounding out his game (and I don't see how it couldn't) then it might be alot different then we think. A fighter with the heart of Wandy and the gameplanning of Couture/Tompkins is definitely a formidable opponent for anyone.
I actually think gameplanning would be useless against Machida. The guy is too technically sound everywhere. Only way I see him getting beat is if Wand comes out super-aggressive like the Wand of old, and overwhelmes Machida with strikes for the TKO, using the clinch probably. Easier said then done of course.
If Wand is tentative, Machida will just outpoint him. Machida doesn't have the KO power to put him away, and Wanderlei can't be subbed.