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UFC on Fuel 6: Thiago Silva vs. Stanislav Nedkov Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2012

UFC on Fuel 6: Thiago Silva vs. Stanislav Nedkov Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    Chinese fans who will be viewing their first ever live UFC event are in for a treat, as brawlers Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov are set to meet.

    Both men are known for their wild, powerful standup. However, both guys are also good ground fighters and can strike on the ground and use submissions.

    Here is the head-to-toe breakdown of Silva-Nedkov.

Striking

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    Both men are seen as brawlers on the feet and possess great knockout power.

    Stanslav Nedkov revolves his standup around throwing overhand rights until they land. This was seen against Luiz Cane, who did not adjust to the constant throwing of that strike.

    Nedkov has six wins by knockout, including his UFC debut over Cane and another over Travis Wiuff. The thing is though, that if the overhand right is scouted, he is manageable on the feet.

    As for Thiago Silva, his ground striking is his best tool when he chooses to use it. His knockout total stands at 11, as he has bullrushed through the likes of Keith Jardine, Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes.

    Both can be wild, but both can also be effective. I want to give an edge, but I simply cannot.

    Edge: Push

Wrestling

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    While Nedkov is a wrestler by trade, but both have takedown chops.

    Stanislav Nedkov is more of jiu-jitsu practitioner these days, but has used some takedowns in the past. Not much has been seen with his takedown defense, but it will surely be tested against Thiago Silva.

    Silva does not have a decorated wrestling background, but he no doubt has underrated takedowns. He is powerful, strong and changes levels quickly to put opponents on their backs.

    Although he failed a drug test for the fight, use his clash with Brandon Vera for example. He used power takedowns for three rounds while dropping heavy ground and pound.

    Nedkov's background would seemingly give him the edge, but with MMA, takedowns have to be set up with striking and timing. That is where Silva will likely be better, just slightly.

    Edge: Silva

Grappling/Submissions

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    When it comes to submission grappling, both Stanislav Nedkov and Thiago Silva have black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

    The Bulgarian owns four carer submissions. However, three of them are by rear-naked choke and one by strikes, so we don't know how extensive his submission arsenal can be.

    On the flip side, Silva only has two submissions, with one coming by strikes and the other by heel hook. He is capable of earning taps, but he enjoys inflicting punishment on his opponents. 

    Either way, it's tough to make a call here.

    Edge: Push

Prediction

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    Joe Silva wanted to excite audiences in the new market of China with this fight and he may have struck gold.

    Both men are going to stand and brawl. It is in their nature to do so.

    With Thiago Silva's recent troubles and blemishes on his record, I would not be surprised if at some point in the fight he dragged Stanislav Nedkov to the mat.

    His ground striking is brutal and a difference maker in any fight. The question is, could he finish Nedkov with his hands?

    My bet is that he won't. That being said, he will earn a clear-cut nod from the judges, should the judges not be controversial that night (morning for the United States).

    Prediction: Silva def. Nedkov via decision

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