UFC 153: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar

When UFC President Dana White put this fight together, he is giving the folks a fight that could have epic proportions. In Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, the reigning Middleweight Champion and the best pound for pound fighter in the world today, you have an unparalleled fighter.  Stephan ‘American Psycho’ Bonnar you have a true warrior who can fight with anyone. He does not retreat, he can take a punch and not afraid to get hit to win his objective.

Silva is actually stepping into Bonnar’s world by coming up to fight in the Light Heavyweight category at 205lbs. Bonnar is always in great shape. In his 11 year career he has fought in some wars. The fight that he had with Former champion Forrest Griffin is considered the best fight in UFC history. Both fighters trying to win a six figure contract with the UFC. They fought so hard and were so bloodied and worn out at the end of the fight which was awarded to Griffin. UFC President Dana White was so impressed with Bonnar also, that he extended him a six figure contract also.

What can be said about Silva, he has not lost a fight in six years, and he has defended his title 10 times in the past six years.  He has been the consummate champion by being an ambassador to the sport of MMA and he carries himself in a manner that screams Champion.

Bonnar, the warrior who has lost fights in his career, but he has never been knocked out or submitted.  He is a strong willed competitor who would be carried off on a stretcher before he quit.  He leaves it all in the cage every time that he fights.

Silva is a great stand up fighter and will trade punches with you.  He has an arsenal of punches and kicks. He will also take the fight to the ground where he has a good ground game.  He sometimes has problems with grapplers, shown in his first fight with Chael Sonnen.  Bonnar is a good grappler so Silva will have to be on his guard and not slip up.

Bonnar will stand and throw punches, but he has litany of kicks to his credit. Standing 6”4, he has a slight height and reach advantage over Silva who stands 6”2.  Bonnar will press the action with Silva and make him work for everything that he gets.

The longer that the fight goes on, the more it favors Bonnar who is in his natural element. Silva fights rarely go into later rounds.  Both fighters have their work cut out for them and it is a hard one to predict. Conventional wisdom would say to go with Silva, but not being a conventional kind of guy, I think that Bonnar stands a very good chance to win this fight.

The folks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and fans around the world will get everything that they asked for tonight.  Brazil is going to be off the chain tonight and I know this journalist would love to be there to partake in the action close up and personal.

Mike Samuels is a Featured Journalist for The Sports Blitz. He can be reached at msamuels@thepenaltyflagblog.com on Twitter @Steeler_Mike and at http://www.facebook.com/TheSportsDude


Anderson Silva: How many more will get stuck in the web?

Anderson Silva

Anderson SilvaI am Anderson “The Spider” Silva and I am the current and reigning UFC Middleweight Champion. I have not lost a fight in 6 years.  I last defended my title for the second time against challenger Chael Sonnen and in both fights I was victorious. Sonnen pushed me to the brink in our fight, but he did something that I do not do. He made a mistake, and I submitted him in round 5 to retain my title.  At UFC 148 we fought again and once again he made a mistake and I made him pay for it. The fight was stopped in the second round due to strikes and again I retain my title.

I am the best pound for pound fighter in the world today.  I am 37 years old and I am in phenomenal shape. I train twice a day 6 days a week. I can knock you out striking or I can take you down and submit you. To beat me, you have to fight a perfect fight. You and I know that is not going to happen because I will pressure you and you WILL make a mistake. Then it is my turn to add you to my list of victims. The list is long, and the opponents have been many. I have defended my title on ten occasions and I always come out victorious.

When my opponents are asleep or watching television or whatever it is that they do. I am training, I am always training to make and keep myself in the best condition so that I am ready for any challenger to step up and try and take my title. I welcome each and every challenge, but I warn you that I am not going to go down easy. I will stay on you like a relentless pitbull until I knock you out or I make you submit to my superior will to win. My will to win each and every fight is stronger than the fighters that I fight.  Do I have an ego problem? No I do not, I am just supremely confident in my abilities.

I am a family man, a spiritual man, a quiet man, I am all of these things until I get into the ring. Then I transform into the “Spider” and when you come into my web, I dictate the action, the pace, and where we are fighting either on the ground or we can stay on our feet and my excellent striking skills take over. I am always going to fight my fight and you do not get to dictate anything.  The octagon is my domain and you are a guest, but you are not welcome, so I will be knocking you out or choking you out shortly.

This is a short look inside the mind of Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and how he goes about his routine of training and how he dictates the pace of the fight and his will to win. Silva has been great for Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC.   He is hero to the children and people of Brazil, and he is becoming very well known around the world.  How much gas does the 37 year old Silva have left in his tank? How long can he go? Only time will tell, but from where I am sitting he has a long way to go before it is all said and done.

Jonny ‘Bones’ Jones vs. Anderson Silva: The ultimate fight

Jon JonesThe ultimate Mixed Martial Arts battle would come between the two best fighters in the sport today. Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Jon “Bones” Jones both champions and both are very good at keeping other fighters in a “purple haze”. Silva, fighting in Brazil his whole life and Jones, the Greco-Roman wrestler turned fighter. They are the type of athlete that you tell your children or grandchildren “I saw them when…” Having seen both these gentlemen I am convinced that they are the best that I have seen. Now I need to know which man is the better fighter. Will this fight ever happen? Who knows? Only time will tell.

I know that fight fans are chomping at the bit to see this fight happen, but there are some obstacles in the way. Silva and Jones are in different weight classes. Luckily it is only a one weight class difference. Jones weighing in at 205 pounds could drop 10 pounds and Silva at 185 pounds could add an additional 10 pounds to come up to 195 pounds. Having them meet in the middle would be the best thing for both. Silva, the Middleweight title holder has not lost a fight in five and a half years. He is 14-0 in the UFC octagon. He is thirty-six years old and he is seemingly getting better as time goes on. A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, a very good striker, and he is a very well-rounded fighter. He shows no signs of slowing down. Jones, the Light Heavyweight title holder is just twenty-four years of age. He has successfully defended his title three times so far and has a title fight against Rashad Evans April 21, 2012 in Phillips Arena in Atlanta. His wrestling is superior, he has good jiu jitsu, excellent Muay Thai, and with his 84.5 inch reach it is very hard to get inside on him. Jones is hard to hit and his unorthodox style just plain confuses opponents.

In my estimation, these two would be like lions fighting for leadership of the pride. The old lion using all his skills against the younger lion, who wants to make his mark on the sport. The old lion has wisdom and cunning on his side. The young lion has his youth, stamina and strength on his side. Both want to be the greatest, but that is reserved for just one of them. Silva has a lot of fights under his belt, so he has seen almost everything that you can see in the octagon. Jones is much younger and has only been fighting in the octagon for a few short years, but his skills give him a very good chance of winning this ultimate match were it to happen in the near future. Both Jones and Silva want to leave their signature on the world of mixed martial arts.

For me and for fight fans around the world this would be the ultimate match-up. At this point in time they are both at the top of their respective games, and the match would show the fight world who is the pound for pound best in the world. Fans of the mixed martial arts will have to wonder about which fighter is better, Jones or Silva? I would love to see Dana White put this fight together in the near future while they are both at their best. Personally I believe Jones to be the better of the two, but that distinction will be debated for some time to come. This is the fight that I would most like to see. This is my ultimate.

Mike Samuels is an MMA writer for The Sports Blitz.  He can be conatcted at MSamuels@TheSportsBlitz.com

Mixed martial artists are the gladiators of today

Fedor EmelianenkoThese gladiators stepping into the octagon do not carry swords, shields, spears, or wear armor. They step in with only their wits, their hands in four ounce gloves, a pair of shorts and their bare feet. There is no being fed to the lions if you lose, but there is always the chance of being knocked out, choked out, or just being thoroughly beaten up. Fighters like Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Dan Henderson compete because this sport is the closest thing to no holds barred fighting as you can get. These gladiators are not brawlers or undisciplined fighters. They are highly skilled, well trained and, very disciplined at their craft. In order to be successful in this sport you have to be all of the above or you will have a very short lived career.

What is a mixed martial artist? He or she is a combination of a boxer, a wrestler, and a martial artist. The martial arts portion encompasses a lot of different styles of martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muy Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and Judo to name a few. Using this combination of skills the fighter have a multitude of weapons at their disposal to help them win the fight. By the time these gladiators get to the professional ranks, they are some of the most well-conditioned and mentally tough individuals on the planet. Some have been competing in one sport or another all their lives and just want a higher level of competition or they come into the sport and learn it from the ground up. In any event it makes the sport one of the most exciting sports to either participate or watch as a spectator.

This competition puts one fighter’s skill against another fighter’s skills. Most of the time the decision comes down to whom has the stronger will to win. Some fighters like to fight standing throwing punches and kicks. Then some like fighting from the ground using their grappling and submission skills to their advantage. Some use the combination of both standing and ground game to win their fights.

There is much to be said when a competitor can take his or her battery of skills and make another competitor submit (Tap out) to the other fighter’s will to win. Some fighters are so committed to not submitting they will not tap out or will not quit under any circumstances. Tapping out to them is like quitting, and is not acceptable to their mindset. To some that might sound extreme, to let themselves get a broken bone or go to sleep rather than tap out, to others it is a point of honor. To say that no matter how much pain or lack of oxygen I have, I will not submit. Some fighters do not know anything but fighting and competing, but there is a larger number that are very cerebral and intelligent and do not have to fight. All the fighters that I have watched over many years fight because they love what they do. Many are very quiet people until they get into the octagon and the adrenalin starts pumping and then out comes the gladiator. Then there are others who are loud and boisterous are ready even before they step into the octagon.

In my opinion the very cerebral fighter who never gets rattled no matter what his situation in the octagon is, he finds a way to win and is the most fun to watch. That is when you see those last second knockouts or last second submissions. Being able to intelligently defend yourself while being low on stamina or oxygen is something to see. The fighter who will continually keep coming after being hit or kicked, or keeps getting up after being knocked down. I have seen fighters with deep cuts, lacerations, bruised and battered and they still continue to fight. It takes a lot of intestinal fortitude to take that kind of beating. You have to respect not only the mental and physical toughness but, just the sheer will to win. The never say die attitude. Having that type of mental outlook, not only works in the octagon, but it is carried into their everyday life.

Watching these modern day gladiators compete is something to behold. In this day and age the crowds are just like the ones of the past who seem to have that thirst for action and competition. Again, there is no thumbs’ down, and being thrown to the lions if you lose, so I say thumbs up to all of these modern day gladiators. I applaud your efforts.

Mike Samuels is a writer for The Sports Blitz and can be contacted at MSamuels@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com