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Reevaluating the Blueprint for Anderson Silva | EDITORIAL

 

At UFC 148, Anderson Silva met Chael Sonnen in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in UFC history. With great hype surrounding the fight along with the looming question of whether or not Sonnen would be capable of repeating his dominant performance against the champion, the match was highly anticipated by casual and hardcore fans alike.

The magnitude of the fight was echoed by Dana White in the post-fight press conference where he announced, “This is absolutely, one hundred percent, the biggest fight we’ve done by far.” Record breaking live gate sales, generated by the fight, would reinforce this statement.

In the first round of the anticipated rematch, Silva came out of the gates swinging which resulted in a quickly secured takedown by the challenger. From them on, Sonnen looked poised to repeat his successful performance and dethrone the champion as he demonstrated dominant top control and transitioning skills, as he controlled Silva on the mat and later advanced to full mount in the final minute of the first round.

Round two, however, would tell a different story.

In round two, Sonnen looked to exact his game plan in full force with more takedown attempts only to have them stuffed by Silva in controversial fashion. During the struggle for the takedowns, Silva could be seen illegally holding onto the trunks of Sonnen. Yves Lavigne issued a stern warning during this process but was not in a position to view the entirety of grabbing. This incident was later dismissed by Sonnen in the post-fight press conference as having no influence or significant impact on the outcome of the fight, as he stated, “Yeah, Anderson grabbed my trunks but I grabbed his right back. It goes both ways. We can’t sit and nitpick some of that stuff. It’s a two man sport. It’s kind of like moving the chains in football, it evens itself out. What goes around comes around. Anderson grabbed my shorts tonight; I’ll grab someone else’s shorts down the road.”

Following the failed takedown attempts from Sonnen, Silva’s confidence ignited and the bombastic swaggering Silva we’re used to seeing revealed himself. Upon connecting with a couple accurate pin point punches, Silva began dropping his hands in trademark fashion that any familiar fan could recognize as a precursor to destruction. Sonnen fell for the bait as he attempted an ill advised spinning back fist only to have it effortlessly evaded by the champion, and which resulted in an unfortunate slip. Silva would capitalize on this moment by delivering a violent knee to the chest of the downed Sonnen. Sonnen displayed great resolve in fighting his way back to his feet, despite being clearly visibly devastated by the knee, but what ensued was a sight Silva fans were familiar with. Silva’s finishing instincts kicked in and he relentlessly overwhelmed Sonnen with strikes which eventually forced Sonnen to collapse and succumb to a second round technical knockout.

While bringing resolution to a long and heated rivalry, the fight raises many questions. While Silva’s weakness was evidently discovered, the blueprint to defeating him still arguably remains much of a mystery. While it is apparent that the weakest part of Silva’s game is his wrestling, it is significantly overcompensated by his dangerous and quick finishing abilities. Silva has proven himself to be the ultimate opportunist in his Sonnen fights as well as in his previous bouts with opponents such as James Irvin and Nate Marquardt. In these fights, he took advantage of very minor mistakes made by his opponents and made them pay by finishing them.

Because of this one has to ask, does Silva’s proverbial Achilles’ heel make him as vulnerable as we once assumed? It is conceivable that a credentialed world class wrestler could take down Silva and control him and that has already been demonstrated with the likes of Henderson and Sonnen. The problem, however, lies in the inability to do so over the course of five rounds without blemish. This daunting task proves to be near impossible as any mistake committed over this long period leaves the challenger susceptible to being finished. Nobody has come closer than Sonnen to flawlessly executing this recipe, which was what provided much of the intrigue for the rematch, however, he too was unable to execute this plan perfectly.

After Sonnen’s loss, perhaps it is time to reevaluate what type of blueprint is required to dethrone the pound for pound king. Perhaps the biggest threat to Silva comes in the form of another strong finisher. It is not unreasonable to assert the notion that Silva’s biggest threat comes from the threat of being finished rather than out grappled for five rounds. Although Silva’s history has shown that he encounters more adversity when paired with a strong grappler, in five rounds Silva needs only one opportune moment to decisively end the fight which highlights the dilemma found in trying to take Silva the distance. This proposition proves risky for both sides; however, amplifying the variable of risk may subsequently increase the odds of any fighter looking to defeat The Spider. Nonetheless, it cannot be overlooked that history would once again invalidate this theory with opponents such as Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin serving as examples of what happens to fighters that try to engage with Silva and force a finish. As such, the question remains of whether or not the biggest chance at defeating Silva comes in the form of a strong finisher or a strong wrestler, and if any fighter that possesses the necessary abilities exist.

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50 Comments to Reevaluating the Blueprint for Anderson Silva | EDITORIAL

  1. Keep Fitch (Forever) says:

    Reevaluate whatever you want fact is he cheated 3 different times. He greased, grabbed the shorts, and he threw an illegal knee. I guess the grease was wiped off but grabbing of the shorts and illegal knee did make a big difference in the fight.

    • Tapitout21 says:

      You’re a fucking idiot!! 1. Shorts grabbing is part of the sport, it’s an instinct which is why it takes several warnings before a ref will actually take a point. 2 THE KNEE WAS LEGAL AND THAT’S NOT EVEN QUESTIONABLE!!

    • stephen riddle says:

      Shut the fuck up u fag ass bitch go the fuck away

    • Nuitari X says:

      Man you are a super troll, your boy sonnen negated all those issues bro. Go have a listen to the post-fight presser and hear it from the man himself. If sonnen doesn’t have any excuses then nobody else should either so quit your bitchin’. The knee was legal, and the shorts and grease didn’t matter. Period.

    • Everything you said was wrong says:

      Keep crying you little bitch

    • decompose_flip says:

      just accept the defeat like a true man, like what sonnen did, for me its a lil bit questionable on how things happened, but whats the point of arguing? sonnen accept his defeat so why cant you?

    • Clay says:

      Knee was flawless.

    • krafty11 says:

      He didnt grease.. You are allowed to take the Vaseline from your face and put it on your body. its up to the refs to decide if they want to remove it or not. It is legal. the reasoning is the vaseline on the face is more than likely to spread all over when grappling and in the clinch.

    • Xaninho says:

      Once again the knee was legal, if your pause button on your remote is broke….Thousands of slow-mo replays on the net, I suggest you watch those.

      • WrestlingRules says:

        Came across (literally) a slo mo of Xaninho having gay group sex in some gay brothel in Amsterdam. Why did I listen to him and search slo mo videos!!! And speaking of knees, he was on his knees for most of the video, IN SLO MO !!!!!!!! Crap !

        • Xaninho says:

          You should just come out of the closet dude. Don’t forget to renew your prescription to your favourite gaysite.

        • Xaninho says:

          Hi, this is Xaninho 2. I am gay, like all gays named Xaninho! Love you all. Keep thinking about me, and I will do the same! I love the attention! Tootles!

        • Xaninho says:

          My favorite gay site: XaninhoSucksAllOfEurope.com.

        • Xaninho says:

          You wish you were me oh irrelevant little fag. Do your parents know about you already?

        • shaven maven says:

          the gay brothel in Amsterdam is in your imagination and dreams.
          anyone who loves wrestling as much as you must be greek, thus must be… hay, you get what going for here, right?

        • primalmasher says:

          don’t lie, everyone knows that’s your home tape, probably how you learned to take it from multiple dudes at once! well as the saying goes “wrestling is fucking faggoty”

        • WrestlingRules says:

          My doppleganger….he is very homoerotic……plus a coward too. hehehehhehehehehehe

    • shaven maven says:

      sonnen isn’t complaining, why are you?
      typical fitch fan
      menopause is a bitch

    • primalmasher says:

      ok there jon bitch lover.

    • Jimmy says:

      So in other words everyone who clinches and puts their face against their opponent’s body should say their opponent was cheating, because then they greased right?
      Shut the fuck up about the greasing. Even if he hadn’t wiped anything on himself, he’d be covered in sweat in a few minutes after the start, and Sonnen still had a dominant ground game.
      Complaining about shorts grabbing just shows how much of a bitch you really are for bringing up something that happens in EVERY FIGHT and Sonnen himself even said didn’t matter. Sonnen manned up and took the loss, and has nothing but respect for Silva. So be like your idol and shut the fuck up.

  2. Nuitari X says:

    I guess putting him up against jones would be the only way in many fans eyes to find out. I would love to see it although its highly doubtful. Silva will always be great in my opinion whether or not he faces jones. Only time will tell.

    • stephen riddle says:

      That fight should happen! And i would respect both of them regardless of the winner! It needs to happen and now!

  3. A.James says:

    Rashad can take him.

  4. DjGonz says:

    Hector Lombard Should Be a Nice Challenge for Anderson he’s got a Mean Stand Up Game I Honestly think Hector Would Win!!! #FuckRori #WarBJ

    • Josh says:

      Hector faces nobody of worth and looks good. Silva finishes every worthwhile opponent. Silva is the best striker in the world and has enough bjj skills along with some defensive wrestling skills to beat anybody. Hector would lose to Palhares or Belcher. Only guy with a shot at Silva is Munoz, because if he gets mount he will finish. He finishes ppl inside the guard, but my money would still be on Silva.

  5. dynomania says:

    I would love to see Silva fight the following: Lombard, Bisbing, Belcher, Stann, and Phalhares just to see the fight and see how they do against him. Why not, right?

  6. Captian Crunch says:

    I’m a Sonnen fan, but I gotta admit Silva defeated him fair and square. We can cry about how Silva cheated, but what good does that do?I seen the replay, and the knee was legal. Silva and Sonnen both grab assed (short grabbing lol) so that should be overlooked. Congrats to Silva and to all his fans. Thats all I gotta say……….

    • Dave says:

      Respect for this guy… He hit the nail right on the head there!
      I have new found respect for chael after that fight, he accepted defeat in right manner.

      • ThaGreenBandit says:

        Can’t believe I’m saying this, but after Chael manned up, I’ve actually found a bit of respect for the man too. Never really had nothing against his fighting style, but his constant yapping… That was a whole ‘nother story.

        • primalmasher says:

          true enough, after the fight he seemed like a cool enough dude to talk to. I think he was just hyping the fight up for everyone.

  7. assassin says:

    Every fighter will win until they lose – no exceptions

  8. Mick says:

    a freaky strong takedown artist with slick submissions (palhares and his heelhook from hell) would be a cool match-up for silva even though that will never happen in the near future since palhares got tko’d BUT

  9. Gabi says:

    Why do Chael fans talk about cheating, like Chael doesn’t lol? There was none in the first place. The Vaseline was nothing, did not help Silva in anyway at all or would have. Everybody grabs shorts. Nothing new or old. It’s always happened. The knee was legal. So why not admit he just lost like Chael did? Chael was the one fighting not the fanboys. Oh wait remember Chael got back on TRT for this fight and applied for the license, which he didn’t do in other fights between the first and rematch. Did anyone notice that? I didn’t see an article about him getting an exemption for those fights. Chael did for the rematch. Chael cheated w roids again and admitted that he lost clearly and simply. I loved watching Chael turtle up quickly once he hit the ground (very Tito like vs Evens and anytime in general actually). I loved his face as he looked up at Anderson waiting for him to attack. Chael knew it was over. Lol. It was also funny how Anderson was just waiting for the ref to step in and wasn’t teeing off like he could have on Chael, taking his time in between punches once the went down again. Did anyone see that?

    • mj says:

      You say its over, deal with it like Chael right? So why the fucking book you just wrote. You talk about fan boys, bro your licking the champs nuts. He won, so no need to talk, he won everyone knows. You just like to type man, every fucking topic you just yack like a girl. Fights done Anderson won

  10. I Never Asked For This... says:

    On another note. I’m glad to see a well written article again on BJPenn.com

  11. TRUTH says:

    I’m not complaining about the outcome, Anderson Silva won for sure. However, firstly Krafty11 you are the dumbest person ever, taking the vasoline from your face and wiping down your body isn’t legal. Regardless who people were routing for Chael or Anderson they should smash you down for saying the dumbest thing ever. The reason the ref made him wipe down is because it’s not legal, mouth breather! Neither is holding someones shorts TapitOut21, that’s why there was a warning given. It’s not part of the sport it’s actually against the rules. Both of these things are, plain and simple. I don’t think for one second it would have changed the outcome of the fight but, get a F’N clue. Chael through a stupid punch and fell Silva like a beast capitolized on it and finished the fight. He didn’t expertly evade the punch he bent at the waist you’ll evade anything but an upper cut by doing that. There is no mystery in Silva’s weakness he can’t stop a power double. If Munoz wins tonight I think it’s bad news for Anderson because Mark has a sick power double and better G N P than Chael. Rashad could win but, he tends not to throw power doubles dances and throws som HC singles, singles and doubles but, few if any power doubles.

  12. Me says:

    He was hurt be4 that spinning shit. It was like when someone gets hurt & goes for a takedown. So he threw that. People talking about mistakes & Silva capitalizing on them & ignoring his skills ( by stating these BS) is annoying.

  13. Me says:

    He was hurt be4 that spinning shit. It was like when someone gets hurt & goes for a takedown. So he threw that. People talking about mistakes & Silva capitalizing on them & ignoring his skills ( by stating these BS) is annoying

  14. Gabi says:

    Truth is I dont know what im talking about. I have UFC3 and i train everyday on beginner and Im fucking untouchable. I like JDS, JonnyBones, Spider, GSP, Jose, and Cruz… You will know when that list changes because that means someone lost. Then i will make a new list. You feel me

  15. Switchkickz says:

    Holy fuck the people on this site are stupid. I’m guessing american.
    Some people have a good comment, the other 98% is trolling or someone talking about shit they don’t even know.

    • WrestlingRules says:

      What?? Like you?? whining and complaining and trolling about whining and complaining and trolling. Whatabitch… I know you are unlucky not to be an American. Oh well life ain’t fair!!

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