Many MMA fans consider him as the greatest of all time, the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Any one can say otherwise but we can’t take away the fact that Anderson â€œThe Spiderâ€ Silva has been the UFC Middleweight Champion for a very long time.
I, personally, am not an Anderson Silva fan. For every title fight that he’s been through, I’ve always rooted for the challenger. I wanted The Spider to lose. But he kept winning. The closest one was his title defense against Chael Sonnen. Silva was dominated for almost the entire five-round fight. I was jumping on my feet as I witness Sonnen take home every single round of the fight, until Silva catches him in a triangle choke.
Anderson Silva is no doubt a great fighter. But I really don’t like him. I was most impressed in his performance against Forest Griffin. But I really can’t seem to embrace his aura. I usually feel intimidated when I watch him fight, as if I was the challenger at the other end of the Octagon. Perhaps the main reason why I don’t root for Silva is because of the arrogance he portrayed in his fight against Demian Maia. It really left a mark on me. His antics were a mix of intimidation and arrogance.
Anderson Silva will be defending his UFC Middleweight Title against Yushin Okami this coming Saturday on UFC 134, also called, UFC Rio. I guess that’s the best time for Silva to lose his title because the event will take place in Brazil, Silva’s home country. Evil grin.
Okami has what it takes to defeat Silva. I can’t say that he is capable of a knock out or TKO victory but anything can happen. I assume Okami will take the fight to the ground. That’s his best chance of winning. Take Silva down and control the fight. Okami can bag a unanimous victory, along with the UFC Middleweight belt.
If Silva successfully defends the UFC Middleweight title against Okami, Vitor Belfort may be next in line for the title again. And yes I know, Silva defeated Belfort in a convincing and impressive way. But as Belfort said, if the knock out front kick didn’t materialize, he could have destroyed the champion. No one can tell for now. Maybe we’ll find out in the future.
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami is set to take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The last time UFC went to Brazil wasÂ in 1998. This will definitely be an awesome event. The card is packed with exciting match ups including a rematch between two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin. Another bout features the return of the MMA legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He will take on the rising star and Ultimate Fighter runner-up, Brendan Schaub, who’s been on a roll with a four-fight winning streak on his shoulders.
So who’s your pick? Will Anderson Silva retain the title? Or are we going to see a major upset (and an upset crowd) when Okami takes away the belt? Let me know your thoughts.