If there was ever any doubt going into Saturday night’s UFC Middleweight title fight that Anderson Silva was the best pound for pound fighter in the world, those discussions were abruptly halted. Silva, the reigning champion took his time in the first 2 minutes of the fight with Vitor Belfort, as is typical of the Spider, before landing an exceptional front kick to the chin to knock down Belfort and landed another 2 punches before referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.
Belfort, who falls to 19 – 9, has never been afraid of going right at a fighter and possesses his own knockout power, but Silva isn’t a normal fighter. You rush in against him, and get knocked out. Just ask Forrest Griffin & James Irvin. In the early going, Belfort was patient, almost too patient. It just goes to show how much respect elite fighters have for Silva and his ability.
Silva’s win, extended his UFC record for consecutive wins to 13 and title defenses to 8. He now holds a career record of 28 – 4, with 16 coming by way of KO or TKO. It almost makes you wonder what’s left for Silva to accomplish in the sport.
The fighter who was believed to be ahead of Silva in the P4P rankings is UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St-Pierre. While GSP is one of the most talented fighters in the sport, Silva does things that he doesn’t do. He finishes fights. This is a fight I called for last year after Silva toyed with Demian Maia. It’s a fight MMA fans want to see, and quite frankly needs to happen. Apparently, the next fight for Silva would be against Yushin Okami, the last man to beat the champion, but that won’t exactly put butts in seats. Now, more than ever, Dana White & Joe Silva need to have a serious discussion about moving GSP up to Middleweight and pitting him against the best fighter in the world.
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