my Anderson Silva fight reviews

UFC 101 ( versus Forrest Griffin ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Forrest Griffin at UFC 101

UFC 112 ( versus Demian Maia ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Demian Maia at UFC 112

UFC 117 ( versus Chael Sonnen ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

UFC 126 ( versus Vitor Belfort ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Vitor Belfort at UFC 126

UFC 134 ( versus Yushin Okami ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Yushin Okami at UFC 134

UFC 148 ( versus Chael Sonnen ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen at UFC 148

UFC 153 ( versus Stephan Bonnar ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153

UFC 162 ( versus Chris Weidman ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Chris Weidman at UFC 162

UFC 168 ( versus Chris Weidman ) :

video review : Chris Weidman versus Anderson Silva at UFC 168

UFC 183 ( versus Nick Diaz ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Nick Diaz at UFC 183

UFC Fight Night ( versus Michael Bisping ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night

UFC 200 ( versus Daniel Cormier ) :

video review : Daniel Cormier versus Anderson Silva at UFC 200

UFC 208 ( versus Derek Brunson ) :

video review : Anderson Silva versus Derek Brunson at UFC 208

UFC 234 ( versus Israel Adesanya ) :

video review : Israel Adesanya versus Anderson Silva at UFC 234

UFC 237 ( versus Jared Cannonier ) :

video review : Jared Cannonier versus Anderson Silva at UFC 237

UFC Fight Night ( versus Uriah Hall ) :

video review : Uriah Hall versus Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night

video review : Uriah Hall versus Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night

video review : Uriah Hall versus Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night

I mentioned how the end of Anderson Silva’s MMA career is headed the way of BJ Penn in my review of his previous bout. This one makes the comparison even closer. Silva’s fall from grace, which began years ago at the hands of Chris Weidman, isn’t as bad; Penn has seven losses in a row; but it’s bad. This was promoted as his farewell, but he says in the post interview that he doesn’t know if it will be. As much as I look forward to his fights; he’s my favorite fighter, so this relatively unpopular main event was my most anticipated of the year; I hope it is.

That’s not to say that Anderson Silva; the oldest fighter in The UFC; is no longer a worthy contender. He may not have access to The Matrix anymore, but he can still win rounds. Uriah Hall knocks him down at the end of the third, but Silva is winning the fight, rather a tentative Hall is losing, until then. It’s the first time Silva goes down from a face punch since he fought Michael Bisping. Then it happens again in the forth. It’s a sad ending indeed, though it’s Hall who seems affected by it the most. The bout ends with him embracing and weeping with his hero.

my rating : 3 of 5

2020

video review : Anderson Silva versus Demian Maia at UFC 112

video review : Anderson Silva versus Demian Maia at UFC 112

Demian Maia is simply outclassed here. His one technical advantage would be his jiu-jitsu on the ground, but, as much as he tries, he can’t manage to get Anderson Silva down. That should mean another quick KO for the champion and the fight looks like it’s going that way for the first couple of rounds as Silva entertains the crowd with his “confidence-crushing clowning”, but he stops mid-bout.

With that, the fourth round becomes a dance-off as the two fighters move around The Octagon basically doing a lot of nothing. Round 5 isn’t much better, though a one-eyed Maia does commit to an early flurry of strikes near the beginning. The crowd, the commentators, the ref and even Silva himself seem to blame Silva for the weird and lackluster bout, but I’d also put some of that blame on his opponent.

my rating : 2 of 5

2010

video review : Anderson Silva versus Forrest Griffin at UFC 101

video review : Anderson Silva versus Forrest Griffin at UFC 101

This is not only “one of the most embarrassing knockouts I think we’ve ever seen,” it’s also one of the funniest. Forrest Griffin looks like he’s goofing around when he falls down for the third time from a paw punch that looks like it’s “not even a very hard one”.

I don’t know if what happens in this short bout; it ends in the first round; has more to do with Forrest Griffin having a bad day or Anderson Silva being arguably the best (pound-for-pound) fighter in The UFC, but both factors seem to be at play.

my rating : 4 of 5

2009