Was Helio right about Silva not deserving a blackbelt in jiu-jitsu? Helio's jiu-jitsu has always been about defeating the bigger man based on technique and not strength. The Chute-boxe style has always been about aggressive constant striking from all positions even on the ground with a de-emphasis on submission. This is fine when matched against someone your size or smaller but against someone bigger you run into problems with this kind of game. How good would Silva be on the ground without his physical attributes?
Against Hunt, a kickboxer relatively untrained on the ground, Silva was hyperspastic and aggressive and lost many basic positions. He had an americana from sidebody but for no apparent reason chose to go to mount and got rolled. He had a triangle but instead of locking his legs first and breaking down Hunt's posture to finish, he kept his legs open while trying to get the angle and Hunt easily slipped past his guard. He had mount 4 times and lost it by either getting reversed or standing up to stomp instead of submitting his opponent.
While these may seem like minor mistakes to some, on the whole, they are not what some would view a blackbelt to make. Of course Silva is very good on the ground but is he a blackbelt? A blackbelt used to mean something extremely special, it was a rank that not everyone could or would get simply by putting a lot of time in. So I ask you, was Helio right? How good would Silva be if he had the physical attributes of Royce Gracie or the physical attributes of the average man for that matter?