Originally Posted by Kirin
I like weidman, but I'm also realistic when it comes to his abilities. He had a ton of success against silva standing because he knew that he could take him down at will. Anderson hardly opened up with his striking due to worrying about getting caught with a td if he over-committed. Machida's tdd is leagues better than silva's, so he'll be able to throw at will while also being confident in keeping the fight standing. If by chance weidman gets a td (which in no way certain) what in the world have you seen to suggest that machida can't get back up? Even when jones took down lyoto, he got back up in less than half a minute.
Yeah man styles make fights. A perfect little triangle to look at is Maia, Sonnen, Anderson.
Maia finished Sonnen in less that a round. he was never in danger. The reason is due to his relaxation on the feet. Sonnen's TD threat didn't worry Maia.
Prior to Weidman, Sonnen gave Anderson more trouble than he has ever had in the UFC. He isn't heavy handed nor does he possess elite striking but the threat of the takedown limited Anderson's ability to freely strike & the result was a very tough win.
Now you can look to Maia versus Weidman. Weidman did nothing to Maia on the feet & was outstruck for significant portions of the fight. Maia wasn't threatened by the takedown.
This is why Machida is going to be deadly. His TDD versus Weidman will allow him to strike freely. Weidman doesn't have great striking, he has great grappling which opens his ability to strike against those with underwhelming TDD.
I expect Machida to completely outclass Chris on the feet & when Chris is down 3 rounds to zip I think he will over commit & get finished.
That being said Chris only has a handful of years striking. Every day he will be getting better & he might show something new ala Gus v Bones.