Wednesday, February 2, 2011
UFC 126: Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort
The day is drawing nearer; we are are just a little over 72 hours from this crazy card that I figure I lay out some stats for those of you who are as giddy for this fight as I am. I am still betting on Vitor Belfort as the winner, despite the odds being far, far away from his favor. Call me insane, but you can bet me your house if you want!
Hopefully the stats for the Silva vs Belfort match-up that I list below are enough to persuade you to purchase this event on PPVHD, but don't forget that Rich Franklin vs Forrest Griffin and Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader are also on this epic card. If that doesn't blow your mind, dont forget that WEC vets Miguel Torress and Cowboy Cerrone are on the card too! If this is still not enough to convinec you to get the event, then you must be mentally disabled.
- Vitor Belfort will have been out of action for a total of 504 days by the time he faces off with Anderson Silva (that's almost a fuckin year and a half!)
- This is Vitor's first middleweight fight in the UFC (his fight with Rich Franklin was a catchweight of 195)
- Anderson Silva has defended his belt seven consecutive times, a record for all weight divisions across the UFC banner
- Anderson Silva has not been defeated (legitimately anyway) since 2004 via submission of heel hook
- Anderson Silva demolishes strikers
- Anderson Silva does not bleed
- Anderson Silva has never been KO'd or TKO'd
I'm sure you've realized by now that these stats all favor Anderson Silva and that Vitor Belfort should be shitting his pants, but here are the stats that can prove Vitor has a chance
- Vitor Belfort has some quick, heavy hands. The quickest and heaviest Anderson Silva has ever faced
- Vitor Beflort has a BJJ black belt like the Spider, and more than likely better grappling and wrestling
- Vitor has won his last 5 fights in a row, 4 via vicious knockouts
- Anderson Silva was hurt and losing 4 rounds in a row in his last championship fight against Chael Sonnen
- Vitor's striking is on a whole different level than Chael's. As in a whole different planet in terms of skill, and if Vitor hits Anderson with even 1/10th of the shots Chael delivered, the Spider may very well find his ass knocked out
- Anderson Silva can be defeated, unlikely, but he has been beaten before
- Vitor has trained with Black House with Anderson, Lyoto, and the Nogueira brothers. You know he has got to have some kind of strategy going in besides relying on his powerful punching
Those of you who are in Bay Area and would like to bet against me in favor of Anderson Silva, the most dominant champion in UFC history and the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world, you are more than welcome to! I still believe Vitor will pull the major upset on February 5th
Don't miss the weigh-in's on Friday!