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Old 10-11-2009, 01:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva: “I’m Sure [Vitor] Wont Fight me Standing”

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Although Vitor Belfort has verbally accepted the middleweight title bout on his end, champ Anderson Silva is still waiting for his minor nicks to heal-up before he confirms. However, that hasn’t stopped the 185-pound king from contemplating his potential opponent’s strategy against him.

“I don’t think, I’m sure he wouldn’t fight me standing,” Silva told Sensei SporTV in Brazil. “Nobody would exchange hits with me. To him, it seems illogical for anyone to want to compete with him in stand up. If I went to face someone from jiu-jitsu, I wouldn’t go to the floor.”

“The Spider” was last seen jabbing Forrest Griffin into unconsciousness at UFC 101 this past August. He is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak and is threatening to bolt from the middleweight class if some legit competition doesn’t present itself soon.

However, don’t think that the Brazilian’s next move will automatically be to the UFC’s prized light heavyweight division, where both of his 205-pound contests lasted a total of 4 minutes and 24 seconds. Silva’s also being pulled in a different direction, one that the 34-year-old can only fend off for so long.

“My family wants me retired, the sooner the better,” Silva explained of his dilemma. “But I don’t know whether I would be happy if I got retired now.”
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Silva hasn't faced too good of strikers. Belfort has fast, heavy hands and if Silva thinks this will be a groundfight he might come unprepared. Any showboating around Belfort will leave you looking at the stagelights.


And I think the Forrest victory is tainted by luudes and nerves and giving Silva a false sense of confidence.
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As much as I like Anderson, I don't see him getting his sixth successful title defense on January 2th. I think the stars are aligning for a Vitor KO upset... Just my 2 cents.

(Not a fan of Vitor and even if he wins the belt, I don't see him holding it for a long time)
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If he is really thinking of retiring, even if it is just for a year or two, he should grab himself a massive payday first, like jump to strikeforce and fight Fedor.

I think Vitor realiss he will have to start on the feet. A.Silva is so good at fighting backwards, too, it's not like Vitor can just rush through the hands, he'll have to be winning on the feet to get the takedown.
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Actually the "showboating" would work fairly well against Vitor since the guy is fairly easy to break. Power and speed isn't what you need to fight Silva. Vitor poses none of the real threats towards Anderson's style. He's a stand-up fighter, and any stand-up fighter will lose against Anderson, plain and simple.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Actually the "showboating" would work fairly well against Vitor since the guy is fairly easy to break. Power and speed isn't what you need to fight Silva. Vitor poses none of the real threats towards Anderson's style. He's a stand-up fighter, and any stand-up fighter will lose against Anderson, plain and simple.
I'll second this statement.
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Anyone's best change at beating Anderson is taking him down, pounding him and not letting him stand up. I'm fairly sure that will be Belfort's main game plan, but he has to strike with Anderson first to set up the takedown. That's where he will have a problem not getting knocked out and ultimately that's what I think will happen to Belfort. Here's hoping for an upset though.
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I'd love to see a Vitor upset, but it's not happening. Anderson Silva is on a different level of striking. I think Vitor'll be lucky to get into the 2nd round tbh.
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Actually the "showboating" would work fairly well against Vitor since the guy is fairly easy to break. Power and speed isn't what you need to fight Silva. Vitor poses none of the real threats towards Anderson's style. He's a stand-up fighter, and any stand-up fighter will lose against Anderson, plain and simple.
Exactly. Vitor's not gonna take it to the ground, yes he has speed and power in his hands but it's not gonna be enough.
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Styles make fights, and Vitor is tailor made to fight Silva. Silva is smooth, fast elusive and has deceptive power. Vitor does not have the calm and fluid motion to stand up and trade with anderson. This is a very very easy fight for anderson silva. Belfot is strong and explosive but that is not what will work on A Silva. It doesn't matter how hard Belfort hits if he cannot hit anderson. Silva will pick him apart from a distance and then belfort gets frustrated and rushes in to a KO. Belfort has no head movement and very limited range.
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