Hello MMA fans and fighters, it has been quite a long time, but alas I have made my return. I could not have picked a better subject to write about on my return. The main event taking place at The Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, features a collision of two fighters who will engage in battle for The UFC Middleweight Championship.
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has been an unstoppable force since making his debut in the UFC by knocking out Chis Leben in June of '06. The man simply has been undefeated in the octagon. He currently is on a UFC record 12 fight win streak and those wins has been a "Who's who" list of fighters, all the way from Rich Franklin, to Forrest Griffin, to Dan Henderson.
But on February 5th, Silva is putting his UFC Middleweight Championship on the line as he faces his toughest foe to date in Vitor Belfort. Belfort was there when the UFC was new to the sports world. By defeating Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo in one night in very impressive fashion at UFC 12, Belfort showed the world exactly why he is known as "The Phenom". He was only 19-years-old.
Now, at 33, Belfort still is able to show the world the attributes that made him legend in the octagon. It is those attributes and skills that are going to allow him to defeat a juggernaut in Silva.
Belfort has probably one of the quickest and most explosive striking games in MMA. He owns 12 wins in the first round by knockout. I got the opportunity to feel what it's like to be hit by Belfort and it is not a good feeling. You don't remember the hit, but you certainly feel it.
Not only do you feel the hit, you feel it multiple times and each time, it feels like a baseball bat to the face. Keep in mind, we were just sparring and I had head gear on, and I still felt like I needed to be checked. His striking is on another level, probably on another planet. Anderson Silva's striking game is finally going to be tested and finally conquered on February 5th.
Belfort's ground game is also another reason why his striking game is so sick. Opponents think twice about taking the fight to the ground against Belfort because of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt level. He owns numerous wins via submission as well. So, basically, when you fight Belfort, you either have two choices. Lose by knockout or lose by tapout.
This fight is not going to a decision.
It is going to be a war between these two lions. Now that I've said my part, what do you think? Does Belfort possess the tools to take down Silva? Or will Silva reign supreme once again?
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