Photo: Anderson "The Spider" Silva takes downs Vitor Belfort.
Saturday, Anderson “The Spider” Silva grabbed another win with his Las Vegas knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.
An extraordinary and nearly unbeatable middleweight champion, Silva extended his UFC record to 28 wins (fours losses) at the Mandalay Bay ring. His win over Belfort raised his consecutive win streak in the UFC to 13.
The Brazilian all-star landed a stellar front kick to Belfort’s jaw in the first round, knocking him to the floor, but as every good fighter knows, just because they go down, doesn’t mean they stay down. After Belfort crashed onto the octagon, the referee gave him a chance to recover, but Silva leapt to finish him with a right and left punch to the jaw, ending the fight in three minutes and 29 seconds.
Silva is a good boxer, a Muay Thai legend, and also a Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, blackbelt, and is known for his quick knee and elbow strikes and his impressive precision. He also has a yellow rope in Capoeira. He is considered the number two pound-for-pound fighter in the ring, second only to Georges “Rush” St. Pierre (GSP).
UFC president Dana White stated that with Silva’s win this weekend, and if GSP wins his fight in April, a superfight between the two “will happen this year.”
For a fight this epic, White said it will be held in a stadium, possibly at the Cowboys’ stadium in Dallas, Texas.
To add a bit of oddness to the story, in a post-fight conference, Silva credited Steven Seagal – yes, the bloated “actor” – for helping him perfect the kick that took Belfort down.