- A WORD FROM THE ASIAN SENSATION…

October 22, 2007
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Editorial by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
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respect style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>.

 

re·spect

  1. style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>esteem for or a sense of the
    worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or
    something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: class=ital-inline>I have great respect for her judgment.
  2. style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>the condition of being esteemed
    or honored: to be held in respect.
  3. style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>favor or partiality.

 

 

Boos.

 

They seem
to follow Tim Sylvia. Despite being victorious, it amazes me at the lack of
respect he continues to garner. Many antagonistic fans have a preconceived
dislike for the former champ and are responsible for many disrespectful
comments. It’s simply unwarranted.

 

At 6’8″
tall, the “Maine-iac” is one of the most physically imposing heavyweights in
Ultimate Fighting Championship history. He may not be the most gifted fighter
in mixed martial arts, but his size and fighting style make him a difficult
match-up for most opponents.

 

People
waited nearly a year to see Sylvia face Brandon Vera. Did the fight live up to
expectations? Judging by post-fight responses, a lot of fans were left in a
state of listlessness. Conversely, I may be one of the few who enjoyed the
match. I was not surprised by the fight’s outcome. In fact, it turned out
almost exactly as I expected, sans a knock out.

 

Sylvia
fought intelligently and used his size and strength to his advantage. The first
two rounds were a bit lackluster as both fighters were unwilling to
over-commit. Vera landed a few clean shots in the first round, but Sylvia
remained the aggressor and negated his attempts to utilize his
wrestling/grappling background. Vera earned the subsequent round and Sylvia let
his hands go in the third, finishing the fight strong.

 

Is it
Sylvia’s intent to produce what some consider ‘uninspired’ fights? No. The
Miletich fighter expressed on many occasions that he’s determined to finish his
opponents. Styles make fights and no fighter can dictate the exact outcome of
each and every one of their match-ups.

 

It’s unfair
to verbally ostracize Sylvia for his proclivity to stand and trade. Tim Sylvia
is Tim Sylvia. His style can frustrate his opponents and at times produce
fights that fail to entertain the fans. He utilizes what he knows and at this
point in his career I think it’s unreasonable for people to expect Sylvia to
change the way he fights.

 

Tim Sylvia
is not perceived as the most popular fighter in the world. Arguing about that
is futile. A fighter’s induction into MMA history is based on his/her
achievements and ultimately that should be the only thing that matters.

 

He’s been
the winner. He’s been the loser. He’s been favored to win and he’s played the
role of the underdog. Tim Sylvia is a former UFC heavyweight champion and has
proven critics wrong on many occasions.

 

Contentious
fans, please take note of his accomplishments. It’s time to give Sylvia his
dues.

 

 

The
Seemingly Indestructible Mr. Silva

 

He’s been
touted as the “Roy Jones Jr. of MMA”. He’s a former Cage Rage and Shooto Champion.
His striking accuracy is deadly and the way he picks his opponents apart can be
seen as a thing of beauty. Behind the lanky frame lies his deceivingly
devastating power. Did I mention he has one of the best defensive guards in the
business?

 

Anderson
Silva continues to reign at the top of the UFC’s middleweight division.

 

With
another impressive win over Rich Franklin, the “Spider” proved why he’s widely
considered the number one middleweight fighter today and arguably the best
pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

 

At UFC 64,
Silva challenged then-champion Franklin for the 185-pound belt. Critics were
unhappy that he was given the opportunity to contend for the title in only his
second UFC appearance. He proved them wrong with a first round destruction
Franklin.

 

This past
weekend, their second meeting told of the same story. A very game Franklin
entered the Octagon with a renewed confidence and a different strategy in
place. Unfortunately, the Ohio resident was once again unable to overcome Silva’s
striking prowess and experienced another knockout loss that left the former
champion pondering about his fighting career.

 

Silva has
been nothing short of impressive in his five appearances and remains undefeated
in the Octagon. If the Black House fighter continues to be successful at this
rate, it’s quite possible he’ll surpass Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell and be
recognized as the most dominating champion in his respective weight class in
UFC history.

Who can
beat Anderson Silva and end his reign over the 185-pound division?

 

We may
never find the answer to that question.

 

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