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Old 10-01-2010, 06:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vitor Belfort confirms Anderson Silva fight on FEB. 5th - UFC 127

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Word on the Tweet is that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has finally decided on a date for the long overdue middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

"The Phenom" indicated a date of Feb. 5 via his Twitter account, which puts their 185-pound dance at UFC 127 during Superbowl weekend.

And to think, it almost wasn't meant to be (again).

The Brazilian submitted to chronic shoulder pain earlier this year, opting for surgery instead of a UFC 112 title fight. After "The Spider" danced the night away against Demian Maia in Abu Dhabi, Chael Sonnen stepped in for the recuperating Belfort and nearly crushed Silva before tapping out in the fifth and final frame.

In fact, the performance was so dominant, UFC President Dana White promised an immediate rematch, and slotted a now-healthy Belfort against Yushin Okami at UFC 122.

Then the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) came along and levied charges of drug use against Sonnen, effectively benching him for one year (or until his appeal is heard) following his UFC 117 career performance.

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Enter Nate Marquardt.

After a "Great" performance against Rousimar Palhares on Sept. 15, Marquardt relieved Belfort of his duties in Germany and will now face "Thunder" for the chance to challenge the winner of the UFC 127 title fight.

It seems the division may finally be working itself out.

The Phenom hasn't competed since a first round destruction of former division champ Rich Franklin back in Sept. 2009. The stoppage coupled with his two devastating knockout wins under the Affliction banner were enough to convince White that "The Old Vitor" is back and ready to face his fellow countryman.

It's a tall order, considering Silva hasn't really lost in more than five years (sans a disqualification loss to Okami at Rumble on the Rock 8), and he's essentially obliterated the middleweight division since entering the Zuffa fold in mid 2006.

In fact, he's been so good (pre-Sonnen) that White and Co. started matching him up against 205-pound fighters to give him more of a challenge. He passed with flying colors, sending former champion Forrest Griffin running for the hills and pasting James Irvin with a highlight-reel, fighting-ending combination.

However, Silva has not had a solid (perhaps trademark is a better term) performance in the middleweight division since he submitted Dan Henderson at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" back in March 2008. He's had two forgettable -- albeit winning -- fights against Patrick Cote and Thales Leites since that time followed by the travesty against Maia and of course, the clinic by Sonnen.

It's safe to say that the promotion is looking to Belfort to bring the excitement back to the middleweight division ... win, lose or draw.

Source: MMA Mania
http://www.mmamania.com/2010/9/30/17...ainst-anderson


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Old 10-01-2010, 06:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I were Jewish I would be saying a Kaddish for Vitor right now - in anticipation of what's in store for him.
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Ok. This "ex-potential" fight has become a sure thing right now!
It has been talked about so manny times...it's ridiculous.
All i want is no injuries for both fighters...so that the fight can happen...and no excuses afterwards: cracked ribs, dislocated shoulder, broken finger...eye injuries, or whateva.

The only thing i am a bit concerned is, by the time this fight will take place, Belfort will enter the ring with a 15 month absence from the ring to his credit.
I don't know how this will affect him. Even though i am convinced he trains and does sparring every day, maybe even simulates title fights, or goes beyond a 5 rounder, it's not the same as the real thing.
I think he will try and take advantage of this chance he has been given. It's not something that happens every year. Him coming back to the UFC, winning a fight, getting a shot at the belt, getting injured, more than one year absence and gets another shot: that's you birthday/Christmas/Easter-present all in one.
He won't lack motivation, that's for sure. Confidence is another thing...But, gotta take full advantage of it.
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Awesome, another inferior striker gets to face Silva and get demolished. This fight is really stupid. Vitor has nothing to offer but some "quick hands". Silva is going to counter his wild hooks easily and end Vitor's night.

This is either going to be a dancing match or it's ending quickly. Neither of them are aggressive strikers. I'd be shocked if 1 punch is thrown before the 3 minute mark.
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I'm sorry to disagree but its awesome to watch silva no matter whos hes fighting and under what circumstances I mean ya the sonnen fight wasnt what people call "good"
but Silva beat a guy by sub in the 5th round who was using ped's, and to me thats pretty damn amazing that he pulled that off. To me Silvas a true champion/beast.
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LOL Silva fought Irvin and Griffin after Henderson...how is that not a trademark performance from him? It's sad to see people expecting Silva to only deserve a win when he's a god in the octagon, jeez.
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Awesome, another inferior striker gets to face Silva and get demolished. This fight is really stupid. Vitor has nothing to offer but some "quick hands". Silva is going to counter his wild hooks easily and end Vitor's night.

This is either going to be a dancing match or it's ending quickly. Neither of them are aggressive strikers. I'd be shocked if 1 punch is thrown before the 3 minute mark.
Clearly you're just a blind Silva hater, and from the sound of it has never seen Vitor fight. Vitor is know for coming out fast and than fading. So don't give me this crap about not a single punch thrown in the 1st three minutes.

Why would you want to see the best striker to ever fight in the Octagon to fight off his back. I love wrestling and BJJ, but when you have a singular talent such as Anderson, you should want to see those talents displayed. Sure it would be great to see him go against a striker that is equally effective in MMA, but I just don't see that happening. However, Belfort is most likely the best striker he has fought to date.
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