Apparently it’s the power of hope and hate that causes fans to lose their senses when called to make a reasonable assessment of a Jones – Silva match-up.
If history has taught us anything, it shows us that with but a very few exceptions, this is a young man’s sport. Not even Anderson Silva can defeat father time. Besides talent and physical gifts, Jones has youth on his side. It takes a good deal of hope, hate, and tortured logic to entertain anything but a very bad night for Anderson. I predict it will be much the same as we saw with Penn against Rory. It’s a very apt analogy too, because like Penn fans (I include myself as one) we hoped that the legend could somehow find a way. Yet there is a point where reality has to take over. Unfortunately for most fans, thats usually after their favorite fighter has suffered a bad beating. That’s when all the excuses begin.
The reality is this: Jones is much younger, much stronger, and much more capable of delivering a bad beating to Silva than the other way around. Sonnen and other opponents have exposed Silva’s weakness and it’s no secret. Silva's wrestling and take down defense is not first rate. It’s not very hard to envision Jones closing the distance, scoring a takedown, and doing some serious damage from the top position. While I’ll admit that I am as much of a Silva fan as I am a Penn fan, I simply cannot allow my emotion to substitute for a cold analysis of the fighters skills and physical attributes.
Back in the day, no one wanted Muhammad Ali to take back his belt from Larry Holmes more than I. Yet, not even the greatest can defeat father time and history is a great teacher. Ali was no match that night for a younger, sharper, hungrier Larry Holmes.
Lesson learned. Nowadays emotions, personalities, and personal preferences are set aside.
I would be more than ready to pick against Jones if I saw a fighter with a better set of skills and physical gifts. I simply haven’t seen that fighter yet.