video review : Anderson Silva versus Derek Brunson at UFC 208

video review : Anderson Silva versus Derek Brunson at UFC 208

The winner of this fight could’ve gone either way, but I’m glad Silva gets it. That’s as a fan, though, at 41, “old” age seems to be catching up to him. He scores some solid jabs and kicks; most impressive is his sprawling takedown defense, which seems better than ever; but takes face punches in the clinch and completely misses a flying knee.

Brunson doesn’t do any better, though the commentators seem to think it’s a clear win for him. The knockout artist seems hesitant here as he runs from and idly watches The Spider when he should be trying to squish him. He finally gets a proper takedown in the final round, but by then he’s tired and isn’t able to do anything significant with it.

my rating = 3 of 5

2017

video review : Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen at UFC 148

video review : Anderson Silva versus Chael Sonnen at UFC 148

Chael Sonnen gives it his all, taking Anderson Silva down just seconds into the first round and keeping him there till the end; a flashback from their first fight. The effort seems to harm him more than his opponent though as Sonnen begins to show signs of fatigue and desperation when he can’t repeat his success in Round 2, which the champion is quick to take advantage of.

Silva isn’t fighting fair here; he rubs Vaseline on his arms/chest before it begins and blatantly holds onto Sonnen’s shorts until the referee tells him to stop; but a knee to Sonnen’s chest, the result of a failed spinning elbow Silva skillfully dodges, only looks illegal at first glance. It’s a classic Silva finish from there, fair and square. No need for miracle triangles this time.

my rating = 4 of 5

2012