Anderson Silva retains title, TKO's Yushin Okami in 2nd round

by Michael David Smith | source: mmafighting.com
 

Video courtesy of ESPN.com

Anderson Silva is still the best fighter in the world, and on Saturday night his Brazilian fans got to see it first hand.

Silva put on one of his textbook striking displays against Yushin Okami at UFC 134, winning a second-round technical knockout, thrilling the crowd in Rio de Janeiro and making a strong case that he's the greatest champion the UFC has ever seen.

Silva is now 31-4 in his mixed martial arts career, including 14-0 in the UFC. His 14-fight streak is unmatched in UFC history.

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Title Fight Yushin Okami Vs. Anderson "The Spider" Silva
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Middleweight Title
Name Yushin Okami <a href=Yushin Okami" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=0&y=0&w=90&h=120&ro=0&s=90DBDE94-1D09-6BFC-E5F88718558506C3.jpg" />
Height 6′ 2″ (187.96 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 26-5-0
Team Wajyutsu Tokyo Hombu
VS
Name Anderson Silva <a href=Anderson Silva" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=0&y=0&w=90&h=120&ro=0&s=A99083EB-1D09-6BFC-E5C8F5D902591F5C.jpg" />
Height 6′ 2″ (187.96 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 28-4-0
Team Black House
 
 
 
 
 
Anderson Silva def Yushin Okami via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 2:04

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ender852 site profile image  

8/29/11 6:21 PM by ender852

Anderson Silva is the Greatest Of All Time.Anderson = GOATI am sorry you can't appreciate this greatness while you are watching it, because he is 36 and his reflexes are slowing.The man won't be around forever.That is all.

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8/29/11 11:31 AM by metatron303

Never ever seen anyone toyed with Okami lidat.........freaking impressed.....

ljgalea22 site profile image  

8/29/11 10:24 AM by ljgalea22

i haven't so much as a street fight DR, so I can appreciate that I've come off as ignorant over this post. truth is, i'm just trying to get the story straight and if what you say is true about silva, then lets face it, we are dealing with a superhuman, an athlete who can shut not one, but multiple fighters from different martial arts background repeatedly. never witnessed in any other sport.I'm having a hard time with it though because these are the highest calibre fighters he's fighting. nullifying years of mma practice, enough to have fighters blank out and not remember a thing they've drilled time and time again. I was told that 90% of fights end to the ground, i have to assume that's out of clumsiness or lack of training, but i'm sure its partially due to fear of getting hit. close the distance. okami stayed within silva's reach! what part of him told him to statically stand in front of the best striker mma has ever seen?! you'd think that yes, he might take a knee going in, might even knock him out, I just wish he did because he would not be feeling like he is right now, not having even executed anything remotely threatening.michael bisping even had the cheek to think he could do better! and he won't even get him to the ground! he tweeted he could have done a better performance.so let's weigh it out; we either have an epic athlete of epic proportions, that's YEARS evolved beyond any other fighter he's come across, and finishes 70% in epic manner. just epic...a world class fighter who forgets how to fight, even for survival's sake! because it is survival in there right? whether financial or physical.or a little help by some other sources than stand to benefit from silva winning, have something to do with the outcome of this fight.which one is it? or do you see it any other way?

Client 9 site profile image  

8/29/11 7:22 AM by Client 9

"Everybody has a game plan...until they get hit." --Boxing Legend Joe Louis  

DarkReflection site profile image  

8/29/11 6:23 AM by DarkReflection

Franklin said he was surprised at Silva's strength. He's deceptively strong..and clinch work has alot of technique involved..where it's not a sheer power thing MOST of the time.Okami knows how well versed Silva is in the clinch..if he had allowed more space..and moved his hips back to drop for a double..he'd almost certainly eat a knee to the chin..so he was cautious.He couldn't get the double under hooks because Silva was maintaining his position.Another thing you'll notice Silva did..was he actually rested his forehead on Okami's shoulder..this is actually a defensive tactic to protect you from having your head pulled into a knee from a strong single tie, or plum. It also would have cue'd Silva for if Okami moved.See...here's the deal.It's obvious that you haven't personally trained...there are ALOT of nuances that would pass over peoples head in that two minute clinch. That was a dangerous position for both men. Think of it like the old west..two dudes...in the middle of a street..hands twitching over the butts of their revolvers...SOMEONE COULD DIE...who is faster? Am I? Is he? What's he gonna do? When's he gonna do it?This is the shit that goes on in the fighters heads in situations like that...especially against a guy like Silva...it's a game of inches...and any slight shift in weight...to the left foot or right...giving up an underhook..or overhook..may result in a burst or activity...and suddenly your hit with a knee..or the guys on your back..or your falling toward to canvas...all because of a little shift in movement...a lapse in judgement..Maybe he baits you by pretending to commit to a hip toss...he feels you resist..and is EXPECTING it..and suddenly he commits 100% to the same direction you are resting..and your on your head.This shit is complicated man...you've got to learn the nuances.As for why Okami "stood infront of Silva" he didn't have much of an option...when the fight starts you gotta approach the guy..and Silva was largely a moving target...and then when he'd stand still you've got to think.."What's he going to do?" And in your mind..you see the Belfort KO..you see what Silva can do from a stand still..so you approach cautiously...AS OKAMI DID..And you figure it out...Okami didn't have alot of choice is what I'm trying to tell you. It's a fight...and Okami had to put himself in harms way..in order to possibly gain an advantage..as ALL fighters must do. Silva puts himself in danger all the time...but he's sneaky...and quick..and he's VERY misleading. He makes YOU create the openings by causing you to react to half strikes and feints. Etc..As for game plans...ever hear about what happens to them as soon as you get punched in the face?Forrest even said in a recent interview that he was proud of himself in the Franklin fight..because it's one of the few times he actually stuck with the game plan he went in with.You may have your game plan ALL figure out..but you've got to remember..the guy your fighting has been planning too..he knows the kind of things you are going to try to exploit..and he's going to try and make it hard for you. While at the same time, trying to exploit YOUR weaknesses.Do you think it was a coincidence that immediately after the fight started that Silva took off circling to his left rapidly? NO..it was a calculated move..in the anticipation that Sonnen coached Okami to "blitz" him...and Silva took that off the table by moving IMMEDIATELY.I don't want to type a novel..but needless to say...you've got alot to learn. No harm in that..and it's not a bad thing..but the subtleties of MMA are obviously lost on you at the moment. But it's cool..we all start somewhere.Cheers-DR

ljgalea22 site profile image  

8/29/11 5:54 AM by ljgalea22

honestly, these are weak arguments on behalf of the UG. i need answers.

ljgalea22 site profile image  

8/29/11 5:53 AM by ljgalea22

i'll take that into consideration. i'm thinking about it. and i realize... it still doesn't explain how the strongest athlete in the division seemed to helpless and powerless to a predominantly orientated striker. it explains why he didn't attempt to take him down often enough, but it doesn't explain that clinch they did for 2 mins, why he stood in front of the best striker in the world, or why he had no apparent head movement, game plan or preparation for it.DR, if you drill something for months on end, if you KNOW how a particular fighter fights, which we have seen over and over again, you get prepared. Period.And even if you don't succeed, you go down executing your game plan, not your opponents.AND if you ignore all of this, look at this way, WE ARE WITNESSING THE GREATEST LIVING ATHLETE IN ALL OF SPORTING HISTORY. I'm honored.

DarkReflection site profile image  

8/29/11 5:44 AM by DarkReflection

Watch his fight with Newton..the knee he landed on the TD attempt..same thing for Lutter.Get out there..and train with a decent Muay Thai guy...make sure you've got a mouth piece and head gear..and make sure he's got pads on his knees...now...you try to surprise him with a TD WITHOUT first setting it up with strikes.You'll probably eat knees my friend. That's the tough thing here...in order to land a "western style" double you've got to set it up with strikes to get the opening you need.If you go Greco Roman you take it from the clinch..which Okami attempted...but Silva was smart..stayed relaxed and defended well...Okami tried for the single...got stopped and eat a few knees for the effort.The fact is...you can't just "decide" I'm going to take this guy down and do it. You've got to set it up..AS SONNEN DID...notice that Sonnen rarely just shot in..he traded a bit first to get Silva occupied..or he capitalized on a mistake by Silva to take it to the floor.I think you simply fail to realize just how difficult it is to take a world class mixed martial artist down..without paying dearly for it if done incorrectly.Cheers sir-DR

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8/29/11 5:38 AM by ljgalea22

to make things clear, I NEVER said or dare suggest that the GOAT has ANYTHING to do with. but his sponsors need to protect their investment, and he's the best thing to happen to the UFC. think about it. no seriously, think about it. Apply any business sense you've acquired over the years. Would you let your biggest asset at risk?

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8/29/11 5:33 AM by ljgalea22

DR, i'm not looking to convince anyone of anything, i'm looking for you all to convince me it wasn't fixed. The points I made have not been addressed in any shape, form or manner, and I don't expect them to be. Is this communicated effectively enough? Tell me which part of that fight made any sense if you looked at it from Okami's corner. Then go back, and ask the same of his other past opponents. What we they thinking?How hard is it for each and every fighter to realize they can't outstrike Silva. That you can stand, in front of him, for minutes on end, STATIC. come on dude, I love the spider and I'm not saying he's involved. I'm trying to figure out if his opponents are truly so stunned that they forget get years of training, months of game planning, and hours of other prep work.Cheers.



 

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