Originally Posted by NorCal
Silva should look to 205 for his next fight. He is a great fighter but part of his greatness has been his ability to fight at 185 where he has a huge size advantage. very similar to Jones at 205 although Jones obviously has not had the same success. I have a feeling more guys will be dropping to 185 soon. I would love to see Shogun at 185, Evans at 185, maybe even Davies at 185 down the road although I'm not sure if he has the right frame for it.
I could see Evans beating AS at 185 by pulling a Sonnen w/o the lack of sub defense. I'd never bet on it but it could happen. Shogun could also win, he would be about his same size and has good power and head movement. Silva can be knocked out and has been clipped. I don't think Shogun would fall for his mind games either.
Don't forget that Silva has murdered 2 guys at LHW, James Irvin, who is no slouch on his feet, and Forrest, who apparently walks around at 245+. He has also murdered plenty of larger middleweights - Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin in his prime (and Rich fought much of his career at 205), Dan Henderson (who is a small LHW, but a large middleweight.) And don't forget that Okami is considerably bigger, and by all accounts, a beast. Vitor Belfort is no midget either.
And his style is not a strength style. Very little, if any, of his core repertoire is strength based. He is not a good wrestler, he never roughs up guys against he fence, and I can't remember if he has ever thrown anyone down for some GnP. Any GnP he does is more like an epilogue of pain after he has coldcocked someone. The argument re. strength and size advantage is much more persuasive re. Jones, though to attribute all of that to strength and size would be doing him a disservice. Clearly, the man has serious moves.
Davies can't fight at 185. Even 205 is sort of a stretch for him, and I have a feeling that Anderson Silva would kill him. Even in his practice, his standup looks to have lots of holes, (watch how he drops his hands after a 1-2, telegraphing the upper cut and leaving himself open for a straight right) and he doesn't bullrush, which was what made Sonnen successful (well, until he got submitted.) Evans would get KO'd by Silva. He has good takedowns, but he is an undersized LHW with a soft chin. Sonnen is pretty durable, and even he admitted to getting punched silly in his bullrushes. Those shots would have stopped Evans cold. A healthy Shogun would be an interesting matchup, but I feel that at this point, he is too slow to catch Silva, and his charging style could easily get him KO'd. This is probably the most interesting of the suggested matchups, but I think that at this point in their respective careers, smart money would be on Silva.
Jones would be a huge challenge for Anderson Silva. He is the best wrestler at 205, and especially after joining Greg Jackson's camp, he has ragdolled his competition. And unlike Sonnen, who can get a guy to the mat, but apparently, punches like a little girl (i.e. never finishes anyone,) Jones has lethal ground-and-pound.