^true, i totally spaced on that
Anderson Silva is a perfect model of how a champion should be. He and Rich are so similar in that regard that it really lessens the hit of one of my top ten losing twice to him.
My problems with Tim stem from his conduct as a fighter, both physically and mentally. When Sylvia hit the scene, he was a credible fighter. Ricco had been on a tear for awhile, and when Tim had his number I thought it was extremely cool.
Then came his post arm break title reign. Sylvia used to be an innovative and hungry fighter, but no longer. After being schooled by Arlovski, he pronounced himself king of the universe after capitalizing on a freak sequence of events to regain the strap. What proceeded was a continously dissapointing series of fights and interviews.
Randy nailed it perfectly when he said, "Tim doesn't fight to win, he fights to not lose." Those are two completely different things, as he's painfully demonstrated. Arlovski breaks his leg in the second round of their fight....and Timmah 'controls' the center of the octagon by shuffling around and throwing the occassional jab. It was a piss-horrible fight, and Tim made it so.
In comes Jeff Monson. This is where we see that Sylvia isn't necessarily skilled, but 'hard to deal with'. Having a full foot on someone doesn't make it a sprawl, it makes it a smother. Working a jab to keep the distance coupled with laying all over Jeff on every takedown attempt produced one of the worst contests I've ever seen. When the crowd voices its rightful displeasure, what does Tim do? Flips off the audience with double meat hocks. Sweet 'champion':weaksuace:
With all of this is the backdrop of Sylvia's stupid rants in interviews. "The fans don't appreciate me enough..." "I have a strategy to win that no one likes..." "Fedor's a little s^&%, I could take him any day of the week..." "There's no one who can compete with me..." It's basically rinse and repeat; he can't stop talking himself up at every opportunity, laughably trying to reassure himself that he's a 'winner'.
Then comes Randy Couture....and Tim's mouth goes into overdrive. He tries to play the 'I'm honored to fight him, he's a buddy, etc...' which quickly turns into 'Old men don't come out of retirement and take titles. He has nothing on me, and I'll send him back; he can't stand with me, blah blah...' Then after being destroyed for five rounds, one of the first things out of his mouth was, "I took this fight on an injury..." What a douche I don't remember Arlovski ever mentioning the fact that he fought 3&1/2 rounds on a broken leg; a report of an MRI the next day was the only official word on the subject for weeks.
Tim was a fighter with potential, but he's shown himself to be an overly prideful, 'hard to deal with' in lieu of skillful, self-plugging and self-pitying goon. He disrespects his opponents with both the way he works to eek out decisions and the fashion in which he shoots his mouth off with delusions of self-importance post-fight. Tim could've been great, but I don't feel he'll ever reach the heights he's always wanted to; ironically he's decided that himself through his actions, whether he wants to realize it or not.
Great post mate.. ^^
Whats everyones thought on the middleweight division now? Looks like Chonan is being brought over to rematch Anderson.. I also wonder if we are gonna see Henderson drop back down to fight him.. seems logical to me.
Lastly i hope we see Paulo Filho in the UFC..this guy against the likes of Dan,Rich and Anderson would be great to see.
Potentially the most exciting division if the UFC gets it right.
The middleweight division is strangely lacking right now, so seeing some more good fighters brought in will definitely up the retail value there.
Although Chonan's crazy little flying scissor heel hook/kneebar/I don't know what/ was incredible, I really doubt we'll see a repeat of that; it was so out of nowhere that it just clicked perfectly. That's not to say that he'll be a bad matchup against Silva, as I feel it'll be far from that. I'm interested to see what Ryo will bring to the table when taking Anderson's brutal streak into account.
Filho would be excellent, so it's a near sure bet that Dana will mess it up somehow. I'm finding myself increasingly 50/50 where White is concerned; one week he's great, the next he's done something that's left me scratching my head. I really don't see what he could do do make Paulo go elsewhere, but a little voice tells me that he could likely find a way...
Seeing as how Chonan's picked up a couple of WW titles, I should've realized that he wasn't going to change his weight class
Although it's all of 15 pounds, so maybe we'll see. Hendo has hit all three on his trip up to LHW, so anything's possible. Except for Dan cutting down and fighting Anderson, as he's stated on a number of occassions that LHW is where he wants to stay.