When Arlovski has his shit together, he can certainly beat Sylvia. He destroyed him easily the first time, lost the second one due to stupidity (should have followed him to the ground right away when he knocked him down), and the last one was basically a draw although Arlovski injured himself during the fight.
His piss-poor ground game was exposed, but since when does Sylvia shoot for the ground & pound? The only thing Kongo's loss does is make it less likely that he'll face Big Tim, not that he'd be more likely to lose to him.
Vera may not easily beat Tim, but Vera will most defenitley beat Tim when they fight. Should be right after Vera defeats Mir. Hopefully at UFC 67 or 68 we'll see that match-up happen. If Tim can get by Moson.
With the current crop of UFC HWs, he might be in for a long run.
I still don't believe he's a better fighter than Andrei. Better coached, sure, but all he's proven against Andre is that he can capitolize on a mistake and/or stall out for a decision win (and hey more power to ya - that's on the UFC rules more than Tim or MFS or whatever).
Honestly Vera should be a 205. The only reason he's not is Dana/Zuffa pushed him up to heavy because that division is such a joke that they needed somebody exciting. They don't give a shit if they sandbag the kid's career or whatever (and to be fair he's risen to every challenge so far).
But that being said I honestly think a mid-tier Pride heavy like Coleman or Herring could beat Tim.
Much less HWs like Fedor, Nogi, CroCop, Aleks, Barnett...
I agree except that Vera may well have a good shot. Besides that the UFC HW division is void of real contenders and that is rather sad based on who their champ is.
I would love to see the UFC arrange for their champ to fight Cro Cop. Then sign JLB to come KO Sylvia then they could have a shot at getting a win over a top pride HW in that match up. If JLB loses to Mirko they simple let another HW with a good ground game come in and beat him for the title.