|To jonnys point
Posted: 3/17/2012 11:18:02 PM
If there is a fighter in any of the combat sports out there, who is not afraid, in fact would love, thrives, to go into the hostile and i do mean HOSTILE backyard of his opp. its Chael Sonnen and i do not see a close 2nd guy out there to Sonnen. It may and PROBABLY WILL however give Silva a boost however, which could make a diff. but its only a onesided adv. It may have an added pressure effect to Silva too, as many fighters have stated, fighting in their homeland, but these Brazillians are a tough lot, as we know and i do not remember any good Brazillian fighters losing at home, so this has to be an adv. to Silva ,but just barely, as the odds were pretty much guessed correctly, BEFORE we were sure, they were fighting in the home of blowdarts, lol as Chael would say.
You could very well be right on Silva stopping (subing in every likelyhood) Sonnen early in this fight, because we all know how good Silvas bjj is and of course how suspect Sonnens SUB DEF is and Sonnen has been stopped in his career EARLY in many fights, but not so much lately, however if Silva does not end it early and the fight goes somewhat the way the 1st fight went OR Sonnen knows going into the 5th round or even the 4th, that he is ahead or way ahead again, it will be MUCH more difficult for Silva to pull a rabbit out of his hat a 2nd time late, because Sonnen is a lot of things, but 1 is not stupid or forgetfull.
The only thing i would be worried about if i was Sonnen, is if and when he gets in Silvas full G. AGAIN, no matter how busy Sonnen is and he was plenty busy on top last time, as the fight stats. showed, the Brazillian fans will be booing and trying to perswade the ref. to stand them up. I am positive though, that both Dana and Sonnens camp, will make sure whoever gets this plum ref. spot, the ref. is well aware of this coersion.
To the Bisping point.
You could be right, that was not Chael at his best, but i would not sell Bisping short and it could be that Bisping is better or matched up better vs Sonnen, than most thought, just like the way Sonnen/Silva 1 went down.