Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva: A Full Head-to-Toe Breakdown
The UFC returns this week with UFC Fight Night 51. Live from Brazil, the card airs exclusively on Fight Pass and hosts a bevy of fights with Brazilians, prospects and two heavyweight contenders.
Former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and former title challenger Antonio Silva square off in the main event with a chance to move up the ladder toward the title picture. It is a bout that has flown under the radar and could be a good one.
How will it play out, though?
Let's take a look at the main event and break things down to see who has the advantages going into this fight.
These two men have very different striking styles, which should make this bout interesting.
On one hand, you have Arlovski, a guy who is technical and mixes up the variety in which he throws. He uses sharp kicks and knees in unison with his hands to make for some nice combos.
Then you have Silva, who is not a technical great, but a powerhouse. He throws punches with violent intentions and can down any man with one-strike ability.
Arlovski may hold a technical advantage, but Silva's power is hard to ignore. That makes this a draw.
The wrestling category is close. Neither man is going to be confused with Cain Velasquez here, but neither man is incompetent in the takedown department.
Silva is more of a brute-strength type of takedown artist. He is large and imposing, which allows him to easily put opponents on their backs.
Arlovski uses his wrestling more defensively, as he likes to keep the fight upright. That said, he has shown in the past that he can be taken down, which leads me to believe that Silva can ground him.
That's why the Brazilian gets the edge here.
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it should come as no shock that Antonio Silva holds the submission grappling edge in this bout.
That being said, do not count out Arlovski. The crafty vet has a little combat sambo in his background and has pulled off some impressive submissions before.
However, seeing how Silva has dominated guys like Fedor Emelianenko on the ground, it makes it tough to think Arlovski would fare any better. That's why the Brazilian has a distinct advantage here.
Assuming the lack of TRT for this bout doesn't affect Silva in a major way, it should be his fight.
He has a ton of power and the well-roundedness to really give Arlovski trouble. Even if the former UFC champion gets the advantage on the feet, Silva can easily force a ground engagement.
Add to that the fact that the crowd is on the side of Silva, and this is his fight to lose. He will wear on Arlovski through the fight and eventually finish him with strikes on the ground.
Prediction: Silva def. Arlovski via TKO