Posts with the tag "Anderson Silva"

 

Anderson Silva's Dancing: From Entertaining to Scared

posted by cradick on April-12-2010, 12:00am

Anderson Silva’s performance at UFC 112 is puzzling to say the least. At first, he danced around the ring and delivered blows with surgical precision. As he had done in the past, Silva was able to strike at will and it looked as though the fight would end in the first round.

Then, something strange happened. It almost appeared to me that Silva became frustrated with Demian Maia. He started to wave his arms aggressively calling for Maia to attack him. Silva would also put his hands down and stand still begging for Maia to make his move. It had the appearance of wanting to put on a show, but came off as disrespectful.

To this point, I wouldn’t say Maia was overly aggressive, but he defiantly wasn’t avoiding the fight.

Then, about half way through the third round it happened. Anderson Silva just stopped fighting. Silva continued to dance around the ring, but instead of serving up accurate strikes he just stopped fighting.

In the middle of the fourth round, it was clear that everybody from Dana White to the casual fan was upset at Silva’s antics. To me, the biggest disappointment was that the referee didn’t deduct a point for timidity. The rules clearly state that a foul is committed when one fighter clearly avoids contact with an opponent. The ref did warn Silva late in the fifth round, but by then a warning was nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

My theory on why Silva didn’t engage is that he was scared. I believe Silva is a fighter that does his homework on an opponent and looks for specific openings and reactions to attack his opponent. When Maia became desperate to win the fight, he changed his approach and landed a few big punches. This change in style confused Silva and clearly changed the way he was fighting.

I think Maia did very well in this fight, even though he was defeated. He came out in the fourth round with one eye swollen shut and continued to try and find ways to win the fight. I still haven’t heard the judges’ scores, but I am willing to guess he won the last two rounds.

I don’t want my money back; I just want an explanation from Anderson Silva. Oh, and “I don’t know what got into me” doesn’t cut it.

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UFC 112 Invincible: Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia

posted by cradick on April-10-2010, 12:00am

UFC 112 will culminate with a fight between Anderson Silva and Demian Maia. This is a fight I thought should have happened back before Maia's loss to Nate Marquardt, but I think it actually makes more sense now.

The lessons Maia learned in the Marquardt fight will clearly help him. According to the UFC countdown show, Maia went from training muay thai one day a week to five days a week. I don't think this means he stands with Anderson Silva, but at least his reactions will be automatic instead of calculated.

Clearly Maia has to get this fight to the ground. The complicated part is that he has to be careful enough not to get knocked out without looking as though he is avoiding contact. We all remember what happened in the Thales Leites fight.

I would love to see this fight reach the ground, but I just can't picture how Maia gets this done. I think Anderson Silva wins this by knockout in the second round.

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Rankings: 2-25-2010

posted by cradick on February-25-2010, 12:00am

I finally decided to create my own rankings. I must admit that I was motivated to create these rankings because I joined a cross site ranking effort initiated by mmaquickhits.com. I will keep you posted on how it goes, should be fun. Do note that I won't be ranking the featherweight and the bantamweight classes as I don't follow them closely enough to judge.

The heavyweights were the most difficult to rank, especially after you get by Fedor, Lesnar and Mir. The division I had the most fun with had to be the middleweights. Despite the apparent lack of a challenger to the number one spot, I think you could shuffle the remaining four fighters around and nobody could argue that much.

I don't think anybody will argue too much with my rankings, maybe outside of the pound for pound rankings. To me, these always seem to generate more discussion than anything. For my money, Anderson Silva is the most dominant fighter in the world and so he lands in the number one spot.

What do you think? Leave me a comment.

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Can Demian Maia defeat Anderson Silva?

posted by cradick on February-14-2010, 12:00am

Now that Demian Maia has been chosen to battle Anderson Silva at UFC 112, the question is can he win the fight? The obvious answer is of course he can win, anybody can win a fight. Do I really need to remind you that Matt Serra destroyed George St-Pierre?

In my opinion, Maia is as likely to win as anybody else the UFC could have chosen. I won't get into the complete breakdown, but there were only two real candidates outside of Maia. The first being Chael Sonnen, who because of a medical suspension wouldn't be able to train until a month before the fight. The other being Nate Marquardt, who couldn't really be put in a title fight after losing his last fight.

So how does Maia win this fight? Maia will need to find a way to get this fight to the mat, which in itself may prove too hard to accomplish. I believe Maia will have to exchange some at the beginning of the fight to setup a takedown or to pull guard. If the fight does go to the ground, Maia clearly has the advantage and should be able to pull of some sort of submission.

Even if Maia has slugger's chance to win this fight, Anderson Silva has yet to lose in the UFC and has made fighters such as Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin look foolish in the cage. As much as I would like Maia to win this fight, look for a knockout early by Mr. Silva.

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What if Anderson Silva loses?

posted by cradick on February-25-2009, 11:52pm

Every time a prominent fighter loses, somebody comes out and says they are too old or they are one dimensional. What will happen when Anderson Silva loses? It's bound to happen, it's only a question of when.

The first scenario is that he gets knocked out. I predict the first words out of somebody's mouth is that he has a weak chin. In fact, I don't remember ever seeing him get hit with a good shot so that may in fact be true.

The second scenario is that Silva gets submitted, this is probably less likely unless he fights Demian Maia. If that happens, expect somebody to say Anderson Silva is a one dimensional fighter.

The final scenario is Silva losing a decision. This seems the least likely scenario, but who knows. I guess he hasn't been past round 3 in the UFC, so its possible his conditioning will deteriorate into the fourth and fifth rounds.

The time will come when Anderson Silva loses and it won't really matter how he loses. The key will be how he rebounds from the loss. A second loss in a row and suddenly your career is over.

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