If you're reading this, you probably know or have heard that after winning the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua responded to questions of fighting Anderson "The Spider" Silva by saying that he'd "love to fight Anderson."
There's not much you could verbally mention about either man's track record in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts to anyone who hasn't heard of Mauricio Rua or Anderson Silva.
To explain it clearly to someone who hasn't heard of Shogun or Anderson Silva, you'd have to show off some internet clips of both men.
Shogun has always been an aggressive fighter in the sport, as has Silva. The two, along with Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva used to train together at the Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba, Brazil.
Over time, the three would depart from Chute Boxe, eventually causing the emergence of Ed Soares's Black House MMA, the training camp for Anderson Silva, the Wand Fight Team for Wanderlei Silva, and the "Universidade da Luta"—University of Fight—for Shogun and his little brother Murilo "Ninja."
Though, to label Mauricio's wild and aggressive version of the Muay Thai Style as "Chute Boxe Madness" would be an appropriate action.
Of course, that's what makes Shogun a fun fighter to watch, whether he's a champion or not: his style of stand-up is a crazy "reckless abandon" type of striking that is rapid-fire, full of aggression, and strong when his shots land, but at the same time, he doesn't just swing for the fences and hope that one shot is lucky to land.
It wasn't a wild, lucky shot that knocked Machida out, after all.
As far as pinpoint strikers go, none come much better than Anderson Silva and his "Ballet of Violence". Here, you don't have the same wildness that you'd see in the style of Shogun or Wanderlei, but you do have aggressive striking. The key thing about Silva compared to Shogun is that he's known for being a pinpoint striker whose style is aggressive, yet technical.
In a fight between the two most dominant Brazilian Mixed Martial Artists today, who would walk away from the Octagon as the victor?
That's tough for me to answer, quite frankly, because both men are unpredictable.
When both men strike, nobody sees it coming. A knee from Shogun, a straight left or right from Anderson, an overhand strike from either, a Muay Thai knee from either...you name it, it'll show in a fight, but no one will see it coming because it's always calm before either man unleashes the storm.
Keep in mind, neither man is a slouch at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well. Despite only one submission win under his belt, Shogun does have experience in the art of BJJ, as does Silva, who has choked out Dan Henderson and Travis Lutter.
Lutter should count himself lucky that his go with Silva was non-title.
I think regardless of whether Shogun would win or Anderson would win, this fight would not disappoint. Clearly, Shogun is back to his dominant form, although I would like to dare to say that he could be very well reinventing himself rather than just going back to what worked in PRIDE.
You can say it's the old Shogun if you wish, but I think he's going to show some newer ways to command his force at light heavyweight.
Anderson Silva has been dominant since he finished Chris Leben in his UFC debut. Only his past three title defenses have been seen as lackluster, but otherwise, he has been about as dominant as an MMA fighter can get. The fact that no one has been able to make Silva tap or knock him out in the UFC yet tells me that Anderson Silva could be a long way from losing his form.
If I had to break the fight down further than just the matter of excitement, I'd say Silva would definitely be the more technical striker, while Shogun would be the more powerful striker, although this is what I think and not how it would actually go.
I've never seen Silva exchange wildly with fighters, but Shogun definitely could change all that, as he's one of MMA's most wildest in the exchange department. Silva may have to prepare himself for an aggressive striking exchange with Rua in order to achieve any hopes of winning the fight.
Silva's own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could help too, in the event that the fight should see the ground in a way that somehow didn't involve either man getting rocked and falling to the ground. Both guys are black belts in BJJ after all, so who's to say a submission couldn't happen here?
I think the man that wins here is going to be the man who can finish the fight on the feet first, though, and both guys, despite being BJJ black belts, are noted for their stand-up game, which is as good as it can get in MMA.
Even in the stand-up game, it'd be hard to say who wins because there may be a chance that one of these two comes in with a game plan that is in some ways the opposite of their signature style.
I'm really not sure exactly how this would play out if this fight really went down. Maybe this would be a technical fight, or maybe it'd be a fight along the lines of Griffin Vs. Bonnar: an unpredictably insane stand-up war between two of the best strikers to come from Brazil.
No one knows exactly how this fight will play out if it actually goes down.
Really makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Anderson "The Spider" Silva vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua...
The Chute Boxe Madness vs. the Ballet of Violence.
Which of these two MMA fighters is the undisputed best in the world today?
The only way we'll know for sure is if the UFC makes this match happen...and I, for one, hope they do.
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