UFC 92: Jackson Vs. Silva

Owen LeeContributor IDecember 25, 2008

So, here we have a battle between two foes who have fought before. Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva (32-8) vs. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (28-7).  Now, considering how the matchup may look to slightly favour Silva based on their prior meetings, I personally see the fight going the other way. 

Why? You ask. Well, for one, Silva has a two-win, three-loss record in the Octagon. His last win against Keith Jardine, isn’t something to celebrate about seeing as how Jardine is somewhat inconsistent as a fighter.

But, prior to that, he has certainly fought against some of the most toughest fighters in the MMA world: Mirko Cro Cop, Dan Henderson, and Chuck Liddell. Jackson has only fought Marvin Eastman, Chuck Liddell, and then of course against Forrest Griffin.

Now, in Jackson’s situation...we have fighter who has endured some trying times. If anyone saw his fight against Forrest Griffin, it was not as high octane as some people had expected.

It seemed almost as if Jackson had no strategy, was out-played, frustrated, and mentally unprepared. Jackson’s brush with the law shows how much of an impact losing the championship belt meant to him. This fight, expect Jackson to come out strong and even throwing down some of his trademark slams.

Silva, is a fierce competitor who loves to come out strong right from the start. He is extremely explosive and fearless. I believe that Silva's key to winning is maintaining his heavy hands but being much more patient. His previous wins over Jackson were a result of some knees. So, based on that, it would be a very good place to start. 

This fight is very important to both fighters. It will likely solidify a matchup for the light-heavyweight belt. As I mentioned earlier, I believe that Jackson will emerge as the winner. I haven’t seen either fighter demonstrate their ground game and an ability to submit. So, I think that whoever does win this fight, will do so via KO/TKO from strikes.

Additionally, I think that if these two want to keep their jobs in the UFC, they’ll have to be able to compete and work hard.  Needless to say, this is an important fight for both.