Originally Posted by Lethal Strike
Lol.. Since the Sonnen fight now sherdog thinks any "Grappler" has a great chance against Silva.
Its not just 'since the Sonnen fight'. People suspected that after the Lutter fight and thought Lutters gas tank cost him what could have been a much more competitive fight. People suspected it after the Hendo fight and thought if the old Decision Dan existed and instead H-Bomb Dan did not re-appear in every fight after, at most, one round of grappling, that the fight would have been much more competitive.
Sonnen was finally that guy. A grappler with a gas tank who could stick to a game plan. He did so and took Anderson to the very edge of a loss before Sonnen's huge hole cost him. He is a top wrestler who implements a controlfuck game for an entire 5 rounds who does not gas but is very vulnerable to subs. So what if you find a guy who possesses all the components and does not have the huge hole and vulnerability to subs? Can he go that last two minutes and get the win?
There is certainly no reason to not think that person would be a great and competitive matchup and pose a lot of problems for Anderson.
Carwin demonstrated clearly that someone who could defend Brock's td's and force him into a striking war was a big threat to him. YEs Brock still won that fight when Carwin gassed. But non-the-less we could all see the vulnerability.
Does that mean Cain or anyone else who can defend the TD's and force Borck to strike will beat him? After the Carwin fight we did not know. But to be blind to the stylistic threat is just that...blind.
My money is on Cain. How about you?
Originally Posted by HAILEYBUG
ya like every grappler is even remotely equal to sonnen on the ground.
Shields is. In fact he is better then Sonnen on the ground. He has the control with the threat of finishing.