UFC 110: Changes Key To Wanderlei Silva's Win Over Michael Bisping

Tim NgoCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2010

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva celebrates winning his bout against UFC fighter Michael Bisping after their Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight fight at Acer Arena on February 21, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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Much was made of Wanderlei Silva’s drop down to the 185-pound division, however Silva credits recent surgical procedures in helping him earn his unanimous decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 110.

Silva said that the biggest benefit of clearing up his nasal passages was the fact he can actually breathe normally now, allowing him to easily go into the later rounds.

“I fixed my nose, and now I’m breathing better, snoring less,” Silva said. “Now I can sleep through the night, and I’m feeling very good.”

Silva’s conditioning appeared much improved compared to the last time fans saw him dropping a unanimous decision to Rich Franklin in a 195-pound catchweight bout at UFC 99.

By the time the third round came along on Saturday night, Silva was still pushing forward with the same intensity as he did in the 1stRound, which allowed him to drop Bisping in the closing ticks, edging-out a close decision.

Fatigue was something that had plagued Silva in the past, specifically of late, however that issue appears to be behind him now. He certainly showed that he still has the necessary punching power to be a legit threat in the middleweight division.

Now it appears that Yoshihiro Akiyama will have the next crack at "The Axe Murderer."