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Some may say Anderson Silva has "poor" takedown defense, but, prior to being taken down at will against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, "The Spider" successfully defended 84 percent of his opponents' takedowns, the best percentage by any middleweight fighter in UFC history.
It is easy to focus on the times he was taken down (against Henderson and Lutter, for example), but that is the case in any sport or in any aspect of life, for that matter. When somebody does one thing exceptionally well, it always leaves an impression when they deviate from said excellence.
Such is the case with Silva. Even though GSP has arguably the best wrestling in MMA, it is not like he lands 100 percent of his takedown attempts.
Against Silva, missing even one means more time on his feet and more time in the danger zone of Silva's lethal limbs.
Compounding this, even if he does get Silva to the mat, "The Spider" has shown that he has a capable bottom game, as he showed in submission victories over Chael Sonnen and Travis Lutter.
GSP might be safer on top of Anderson Silva than he is standing, but he would have to get the fight there first. I'm not so sure that he could, and that spells trouble for the Canadian superstar.