UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva had some wise words to say about his views on life and mma.
It used to be that the best pound for pound UFC fighter was between two men, George ‘Rush’ St-Pierre and Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva. Recent stars have since shined too bright to be ignored and UFC fighters Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (16-1) and Jose Aldo (21-1) must be mentioned when considering a pound for pound champion.
With GSP and The Spider comming off of injuries it seems the UFC is still not suffering from a lack of talent. Younger fighters keep stepping into the lime light and displaying an arsenal of mma skills. It’s very interesting to see where the future for these fighters will lead.
This was found today on Youtube and I found the comments very interesting and wanted to share it here on the Beatdown. This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest UFC events of the year, if not the biggest.
Recently Sherdog.com has uploaded some photos of a recent press conference, held in Brazil, to promote the Middleweight championship match taking place this July 7. Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva (31-4) will defend his title, against Chael Sonnen (27-11), in front of Silva’s home crowd at UFC 148.
Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, has been out of the fight game since we last saw him in August of 2011 where he defended his title, and avenged a loss, against Yushin Okami at UFC 134 on August 27, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since that time Anderson has been plagued with a shoulder injury that has kept the fighter sidelined and now it seems he is facing another injury, this one affecting his back. So will Anderson be able to overcome his injuries and defend his title again? It seems as though the fighter will be coming back to the octagon in June of this year to face Chael Sonnen once again. However, it seems neither fighter is too certain that this fight will be taking place as an official offer, for the title fight, has yet to be seen.
As for Anderson Silva being completely rehabilitated from his injuries Anderson had this to say on a video found on Sherdog,
“It’s a job all athletes have to do. You work at prevention from doing therapy all the time to correcting posture and breathing, to avoid the injuries. But no matter how much I did, I ended up hurt, first with my shoulder now with my back. You reach a certain age where you don’t heal as fast, so you have to take your time. I don’t want anything to be wrong when I come back to the real hard training.” Anderson admitted. “I’ll continue doing physical therapy until the pain goes away, and I’ll keep up the workouts.”
This Saturdays fights have come and gone, leaving with them the anticipation of two title fights with arguably the largest rivalries in the UFC. Rashad Evans vs Phil Davis was not exactly a barn burner, but the two got down to business and shortly after the start of the first round, Phil Davis (now 9-1-0), starting showing his inexperience compared to the former light heavyweight champion.
Rashad Evans (now 17-1-1) bested the challenger in every aspect of the fight. Rashad landed considerable more strikes, being able to get inside of the taller Davis, completed 3 of his 4 take down attempts, and secured dominant positions over his opponent. The only thing Rashad could have done to further his dominance would have been to stop the fight with a k.o. or submission. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Evans.
This will now set up a chance for Evans to face his former team mate turned rival, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (15-1-0), the champion of the Light Heavyweight division. This rivalry has been covered at great lengths, and will be again considering the pending fight. The rivalry seemed to develop when Jon Jones stepped ahead of Rashad Evans for a title shot versus Shogun Rua, after Rashad sustained an injury that prohibited him from competing.
The other rivalry match was left to us courtesy of a Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) victory over Michael Bisping (22-4-0) in a back and forth bout that ended with an arguably controversial decision.
The first two rounds of the fight were a bit of a grind with Chael Sonnen undoubtedly winning the third round. The controversy comes into play when the first two rounds are looked upon closely and it is Michael Bisping landing more strikes, pinning Chael Sonnen against the fence and controling the action. Chael Sonnen did secure take downs during these rounds but Bisping was able to immediately stand back up.
In the post fight interview Chael Sonnen’s character came to surface as he seemed more interested in entertaining the fans than recounting the fight.
Lavar Johnson (16-5-0) wins over Joey Beltran (13-7-0) by way of K.O. Resulting in Beltrans forth loss in five fights.
Charles Oliveira (15-2-0) wins over Eric Wisely (19-7-0) by way of an excellent submission that looked like some kind of cross breed of a heel hook and figure four
Chris Weidman (8-0-0) wins over Demian Maia (15-4-0) by way of a long and rather boring stand up bout in which the fans were clearly not the winners. Chris Weidman, in his defense, did take the fight with only 11 days notice, but Demian Maia’s entertainment value was put into serious question.
The first subject of interest that the beatdown would like to discuss is about the arguably best pound for pound fighter Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Is the man truly the greatest fighter ever? With his recent win over Yushin “Thunder” Okami, by way of TKO in the second round of UFC 134, is Anderson truly the best to ever grace the octagon?
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The easy answer is that it is too early to tell. That answer should seem pretty logical when faced with the question of whether Anderson is fighting his opponent with his lethal striking, winning three rounds then running around the octagon, or getting beaten on by a dominating Chael Sonnen for four rounds before catching him in a triangle. Admittedly that Chael Sonnen statement may sting, considering Anderson did still stop the fight and Chael did have some suspicious urine tests that resulted in a six month suspension from the UFC. Still, until a contender for the best pound for pound fighter like Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is placed before him it is still unkown.
St-Pierre (22-2-0), has been on quite the unstoppable streak himself winning his last nine fights and having seven successful title defenses makes Georges an obvious candidate for best pound for pound fighter.
So why do people still overwhelmingly believe it’s Anderson? Finishing fights has to be the true statement that a fighter dominates the cage. It’s what the fans want and it puts any doubt out of everyone’s mind. Georges’ fights have gone to decision five times in his last six bouts, whereas Anderson Silva (29-4-0) has only been to decision eight times in his entire career. That being said have there been any controversial decisions on any of Georges fights? He has dominated his opponents in all his title defenses but his first. Having put on an MMA clinic to all his #1 competitors.
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According to Yahoo! Sports and many other sources Dana White is announcing the bout to the public seeming to be making preparations. As long as the bout does go through we will be one step closer to knowing who holds the crown for the best pound for pound.