"Wanderlei Silva, are you serious!"
We've all heard Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg sound off on Wanderlei Silva over the years as he's presented us with some of the greatest knockouts and performances known to mankind.
In fact, Silva will go down as one of the greatest knockout artists in MMA history as he's totaled 24 KO victories up until this point in his career. It's been Silva's vicious knockout power that has caused us all to fear "The Axe Murderer" even from our couches at home.
What brings about such a scare from one man? His killer instinct.
Silva's killer instinct has long been recognized throughout the earlier stages of his career in Pride and even to today. While Silva rarely fails to deliver on an opportunity, he did so last night in the third round of action against Rich Franklin at UFC 147.
Franklin opened with a strong first round which was followed by a massive attack by Silva in the main event's second frame.
Bleacher Report's Matt Roth shares how it unfolded in Round 2:
Wanderlei is throwing looping punches and is having trouble with Franklin's straight punches. Wand clips Rich with a hook. Wanderlei catches Franklin with punches and he's swarming. He's got the Thai Plumb and throwing knees to the head. He drops Franklin! Franklin is surviving but Wand is throwing a ton of punches from the top. Wow! The horn sounds and Rich survives to fight in the next round.
The momentum clearly shifted to Silva as the two entered the third frame, but it was Franklin who took control and pushed the pace. In fact, Silva lacked his killer instinct which almost finished off Franklin.
Undoubtedly, Silva made a huge mistake by not testing Franklin immediately after the bell rang in the third round. As a result, it may have cost him the fight.
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