UFC 126: IS ANDERSON SILVA #1 P4P IN UFC?

February 7th, 2011 By Sammy Perez

AndersonSilvaBethlehem, PA- In the fight game, whether it’s boxing or mixed martial arts, no matter how dominant a champion is, there is always a challenger out there that poses a threat. The one guy that has some fans starting to believe, the champion may finally have met his match. Such was the case with UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, or so we thought.

 #1 SILVA WENT TO WORK

It took middleweight (185 lbs.) champion, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, now (28-4, 16 KO’s 5 subs), a little over three minutes to quell any thoughts that he is not the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Facing off against the one guy who finally had hands who were even more lethal than his in Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort (19-9, 13 KO’s 2 subs), Silva (pictured above) didn’t need his hands at all. Instead, he used a front kick to the chin that was the proof is in the pudding.

BOTH WERE  HEAVY HANDED PUNCHERS

With a very cautious start from two heavy-handed punchers, the first three minutes of the fight saw no action other than the fighters circling each other measuring striking distance. Then after a quick exchange that saw Silva fall, but able to get up right away, ‘The Spider’ threw a front kick from the back leg that caught Belfort flush on the chin, which all but had him out before he hit the mat. Silva, realizing his opponent was pretty much helpless, showed mercy in hesitating to pounce on him and hit him flush with a left and right hand before the referee jumped in to end it at 3:25 of the first round. Belfort must have thought Silva had eight legs like a spider because he never saw the kick coming.

 THIS WAS A FIGHT WHERE MUTUAL RESPECT RULED!

Silva, a true martial artist in every sense of the word, showed immediate compassion as he went to Belfort while still on his back and cradled him to express his true feelings towards his downed opponent. At the weigh-ins the day before, Silva provoked a heated exchange between the two fighters; but understanding there’s a fine line between martial arts etiquette of respect and putting on a show for the promotion of the fight, he masterfully weaves his web between the two worlds.

 ANDERSON SET TO FACE ST. PIERRE?

Now that he’s pretty much cleaned out his division of all viable challengers, other than Yushin Okami, which is another story, what’s next for ‘The Spider’? According to UFC President Dana White, it’s a potential showdown against welterweight (170) champion Georges St. Pierre, probably at a catch-weight. That is assuming St. Pierre defeats title challenger Jake Shields in April. St. Pierre, the other fighter that is argued as the best in the world pound for pound, will no doubt be the next challenger that is labeled as “the guy” who will finally defeat Silva. As great as St. Pierre is though, I can’t see him matching up with Silva who is a huge middleweight that has fought numerous times at light-heavyweight (205).

 GRIFFIN NOTCHES IMPORTANT WIN

Speaking of light-heavyweights and guys that are huge for their weight class, Forrest Griffin (18-6, 3 KO’s 7 subs) used his superior size and strength to garner a unanimous decision against former middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin (28-6, 15 KO’s, 10 subs). After a first round that found Franklin in survival mode for four minutes after Griffin got on top of him on the ground, he was never able to mount any type of attack against the much stronger former light-heavyweight champion. To show Anderson Silva’s true dominance, he has wins over both of these former champions in devastating fashion with brutal knockouts; in Franklin’s case it was twice.

 BONES BEATS DARTH BADER

In the other light-heavyweight feature of the night, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (12-1, 7 KO’s 3 subs) continued to show his versatility as he submitted previously undefeated Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader (12-1, 5 KO’s 3 subs) via guillotine choke in the second round. Jones, who has been tabbed as the next future star of MMA, has found out his future is now. In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Jones was told that due to an injury sustained by teammate Rashad Evans, which forces Evans out of his title fight against champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua next month, Jones will now get that shot. Since he came out of this fight virtually unscathed, it appears the fight date will still be March 19.

 TORRES LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TOP

Finally, in the first fight of the night, former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight (135) champion Miguel Torres (39-3, 9 KO’s 23 subs) used his sizeable height and reach advantage to outbox Antonio Banuelos (18-7, 7 KO’s 1 sub) en route to a unanimous decision. Torres an unbelievable 5’9″ for a bantamweight, was six inches taller than his opponent and used every inch of it as he kept Banuelos at bay with a stinging left jab and right cross combination all night. Now training under St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi, Torres showed a renewed discipline in his fight approach.

“Slammin’ Sammy” Perez

COMMENTS

  1. Anderson Silva is the MMA G.O.A.T!!!

    Black Lightning on February 8th, 2011 at 5:17 AM
  2. Charlie Murphy taught Spider that kick. ;)

    Keith on February 8th, 2011 at 7:08 AM
  3. Nah, Fedor remains the Greatest of All-Time in Mixed Martial Arts short history.
    Anderson Silva is one of the best, but his competition list isn’t near the level of quality fighters that Fedor has defeated.
    From 2000 to 2009, Fedor defeated the best of his own generation and subsequently began to fight the best of the next generation.
    bloc quebecois separatist st.pierre has fought better competition than Anderson Silva has as well. (Thumbs DOWN to separatists by the way :* )

    Why the hell does 6’2″ 220 lb Anderson Silva dehydrate down all the way to 185 lbs anyway? Fedor is 6′, 230 lbs and fought the biggest baddest Heavyweights; why hasn’t Anderson fought any of them?
    I think it’s because Anderson just doesn’t have the stones to fight at Heavyweight(205 lbs+) in his natural weight-class where he belongs.
    At the very least, Anderson should be at Light-Heavyweight 205 lbs where the real competition is. He simply doesn’t want to fight the serious competition, and his 2 outings at 205 weren’t against top flight competition.

    It’s too bad that Anderson Silva doesn’t have half the faith in his abilities that his fans do.

    the bradguy on February 8th, 2011 at 11:11 AM
  4. Damn Badguy I thought u knew something about mma. But u don’t. How is Andersons resume less than fedor????? His resume is superior by far. How many champions and ex champs has fedor beaten?? How many prime fighters has fed or beaten????? Silva has beaten most everybody and by many different methods. Submission, ko, punches kicks GNP come on man u don’t believe what u wrote!!!!!!! He is the goat he beat newton when newton was good Henderson, sonnen, marquart, griffin Franklin, belfort all of whom were able and good fighters in their own right. Whats fed ors greatest win???? Big nog. Who else?????? Old Coleman??? One dimensional crocrap????? He lost to a guy the ufc cut. Do u really think he beats junior dos Santos or Cain??? I don’t think so

    Roberto rios on February 8th, 2011 at 9:32 PM
  5. St Peirre is overrated. If he had any balls he’d fight Silva. St Pierre feasts on smaller fighters and his style is boring as hell. he’d be murdered against Silva. Silva just beat a guy who was a light heavy with ease. if he cn make 185 why is that cheating? There isn’t much talent at 200 anyways besides the champ. he already destroyed Griffin and the only guy who I want to see him against at 200 is Noguiera.

    KP on February 8th, 2011 at 9:50 PM
  6. Bradguy

    You know nothing about MMA. Silva is better than GSP. Is GSP who is too big for his division.

    Elloco on February 8th, 2011 at 9:52 PM
  7. If you can make the weight and win your fights then you are at the correct weight. Nothing wrong with boiling down, it is a personal choice.

    The time to move up permanently is when weight loss saps your strength and makes you less effective.

    Black Lightning on February 9th, 2011 at 5:23 AM
  8. Also KP I don’t agree that there are no fights at 205 for my boy. I’d love to see him fight Rampage, thiago Silva, Shogun, Jon Bones Jones, machida if they would. Hell even Randy would suffice. What’s left at 185?????? Okami not much. Anybody who questions this mans resume don’t know jack ish about mma!!!!!!! He has beaten world class strikers, wrestlers bjj black belts. He isn’t afraid to take chances with his kicks knowing it might leave him open for counters or take downs. Now I don’t hate on GSP because he puts in his work. But he needs to take more chances and stop being soo calculated in his fights. He has all the advantages but refuses to take chances. I think that Serra loss scared the shit out of him

    Roberto Rios on February 9th, 2011 at 4:56 PM

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