Can Anderson Silva Slay the Dragon in 205?
Lyoto Machida proved to the world that he is the king of the 205 pounds division when he defeated the former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashard Evans for the title.
The Dragon came out of the championship fight rather unscathed while delivering a knockout blow to Rashard Evans in the second round in UFC 98.
As the long time training partner of Lyoto Machida, the Middleweight Champion Anderson " The Spider" Silva is not showing too much interest in moving up to The Dragon's weight class to dispute the newly crowned champion’s title.
The manager of both fighters, Ed Soares did not rule out the potential matchup, but Dana White, the president of the UFC, will probably have to write out a $100 million paycheck for that to happen according to some news reports.
White mentioned that the fight between the two champions is a possibility despite Machida and Silva’s friendship saying everybody who should fight will wind up fighting at the end.
Both fighters have similar fighting styles being very elusive and always looking for the counter attack. The casual fans of MMA may get impatient with such a fight while neither fighter will be looking to fully engage each other.
Anderson Silva would possibly look to utilize his Muay Thai clinch like he did in UFC 64 against Rich Franklin for the Middleweight belt, but only if he can get close enough to Machida without taking too much damage in the process.
It will be intriguing to see how Anderson Silva matches up against Forrest Griffin in UFC 101 in the 205 pound division because a quick and decisive victory for The Spider against Griffin will definitely encourage Dana White to make the Silva vs. Machida fight happen.
For the bout between Machida and Silva if it were to happen, the edge will simply go to Lyoto Machida because he would be defending his title in his natural weight class and it seems that the Machida puzzle may be too complicated to solve even for The Spider himself who is being regarded as the top fighter in the Middleweight division.
MMA fans would love to see the Machida vs. Silva fight although the pace of the fight may be more controlled, but such a fight will definitely answer the question of who is perhaps the greatest pound for pound fighter in the UFC today.
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