Anderson Silva knocks out Belfort with movie-style front kick to face

by Michael David Smith | source:

Anderson Silva is still unbeaten inside the Octagon, and still the UFC middleweight champion, after a spectacular first-round knockout win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

Silva used a powerful left front kick to Belfort's face to knock him flat on his back on the canvas, then finished him off with a couple more punches on the ground. Although the first round hadn't had much action up until that point, the out-of-nowhere knockout from Silva was spectacular, and gave him an exclamation point on his UFC record 13th consecutive victory.

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Title Fight Anderson "The Spider" Silva Vs. Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Middleweight Title
Name Anderson Silva <a href=Anderson Silva" src="" />
Height 6′ 2″ (187.96 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 27-4-0
Team Black House
Name Vitor Belfort <a href=Vitor Belfort" src="" />
Height 6′ 0″ (182.88 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 19-8-0
Team Xtreme Couture
Anderson Silva def. Vitor Belfort via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 3:25

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KevinMcAllister site profile image  

2/7/11 12:31 AM by KevinMcAllister

cool story brah

khalid365 site profile image  

2/6/11 6:24 PM by khalid365


J360 site profile image  

2/6/11 6:20 PM by J360

 A W E S O M E !!!

OLDSKOOL2010 site profile image  

2/6/11 3:15 PM by OLDSKOOL2010

"I don't think Anderson did anything new but he did it against world class competition & made it look easy. " Thats what I mean. If you go back to the basics and practice slow, form first and timing , ultimately the speed and accuracy will follow, One thing that I do believe Seagal helped Silva in is completing the retraction of the kick, increasing the snap of the foot on the target. Nobody does this in MMA. They always kick so hard that their leg does not come back, losing the "bullwhip" effect of the kick. If you aim through the target and then quickly retract the kick, it does 3 things1. Velocity x mass=power and amplified by the incoming speed of your opponent.2. Opponent cannot grab your leg3. Sets you up for follow up kicks or a good defensive/offensive position whether the kick connects or misses.You have to have the whole package to make something look easy, especially if you are perpetuating it against a world class athlete and being successful. I have found that when a technique is executed correctly and timed well the effect on the opponent is maximum and the it almost becomes effortless on your part. It's like " wow! I did not even feel like I hit him that hard.The only fault I saw in Silva's technique is he was not set up with his guards incase the kick did not work. Both of his arms were at his side and down. I know he is fast enough to leave his arms down frequently, but that will get him hit sooner or later.Most people with kicks leave their guards down as their kick goes out, leaving then in a potentially vulnerable position for counters.I saw this on a video where Joe Rogan was helping GSP improve a spinning back/side kick. They were not sinking the lead elbow as they turned, leaving their back open for a counter strike as the kick came out..

Burton site profile image  

2/6/11 3:07 PM by Burton

Such a classic move that is underused in MMA. I have fighters work this because it is so unexpected. I saw two knockouts and one knockdown in a single night with this same kick at a kickboxing event at Benny Urquidez's Jet center back around 1985. A very useful tool. Congrats to Silva for landing it.   

UpWithEvil site profile image  

2/6/11 2:26 PM by UpWithEvil

TMA = Treadmill Avoidance?  

Scut Farkus site profile image  

2/6/11 1:56 PM by Scut Farkus

 mae geri ippon!

dking site profile image  

2/6/11 1:37 PM by dking

I don't think Anderson did anything new but he did it against world class competition & made it look easy. Much like his upward reverse elbow against Fryklund, the point is to respect the dedication to training the technique to such a high level that he can pull it off against this level of competition with all the variables he has to contend with in an mma matchAnderson is a technical genius

Phil Cornelius site profile image  

2/6/11 1:24 PM by Phil Cornelius

done for years* fixed

Phil Cornelius site profile image  

2/6/11 1:05 PM by Phil Cornelius

Exactly to TMA's this is normal and what we've years!!!!