Written on July 4th, 2013 by John Glynn MMA Comments
UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman
By John Glynn: With the championship on the line, this Saturday, July 6, at UFC 162, we will witness MMA legend and middleweight champion Anderson Silva face off against Chris Weidman. The irrepressible Silva is a magnificent mixed martial arts fighter. He has surpassed not only his peers like Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones, but also the heroes of days gone by.
However, in Weidman, Silva faces an opponent who — to use one of the UFC’s principal marketing clichés — is the type of fighter you would build if you were crafting the ideal fighter to face the Brazilian. Naturally, Weidman cannot allow himself to be mesmerized by the agile Silva; he cannot allow himself to foster even a sliver of sentiment for the middleweight linchpin.
With only a handful of fights under his belt and effectively unknown to all but the most ardent of MMA fans, Weidman’s been granted the opportunity of a lifetime. Can he grasp it with both (considerably large) hands?
Once that cage door shuts, reputation and respect go right out the window. It becomes a simple equation; this is now a competition pitting man against man.
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Written on February 3rd, 2013 by Robert Evans MMA Comments
By Robert Evans: Joe Lauzon is a mixed martial artist from Brockton in Massachussetts, where he still lives. Altogether he has 12 post-fight bonuses which tie him with the highest in the UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship). If you judge a book by its cover then you might be surprised to discover that he has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science.
The life of a network administrator (what he did before going full time in to MMA) might seem a million miles away from the tough world of professional mixed martial arts. Yet Lauzon sees every fight like a math problem, with a solution built on breaking down your opponent.
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Written on August 16th, 2012 by Niles Pender MMA Comments
What’s Next for Anderson Silva?
By Niles Pender: Anderson Silva’s decisive victory at UFC 148 over Chael Sonnen closed a chapter on what had become one of MMA’s most intriguing feuds and PPV draw. The victory took Silva’s UFC record to 15-0, dating back to his debut in June of 2006. Undoubtedly he’s one of the all-time greats of MMA already, but to cement his legacy as perhaps the greatest fighter ever, he’ll need challengers who can bring out the best in him going forward.
As great as Silva is, he often raises or lowers his game to the level of his opponent. This can result in thrilling fights against good fighters like Sonnen and snoozers like his title defense against Demian Maia which was termed a “disgrace” by UFC President Dana White.
So it’s up to White to find fighters that Silva will take seriously and also work as PPV draws. Also adding to the equation is Silva’s recent announcement that he won’t fight again until 2013.
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