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UFC 126 Anderson Silva
Posted on Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm
by IDMA Editor

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva defended his crown for the record eighth consecutive time, as he laid waste to Vitor Belfort with a perfectly timed and placed front kick in the UFC 126 main event on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The blow dropped Belfort where he stood, and a pair of follow-up punches from "The Spider" polished him off 3:25 into the first round.

Photo of Anderson Silva's victory at UFC 126 - photo credit Ric Fogel for ESPN.com

Nearly 1,600 days into his reign as the UFC's middleweight king, Silva clearly has no equal at 185 pounds. Yushin Okami has long clamored for a rematch, though few give him better than a remote shot of capitalizing on such an opportunity. The last man to defeat Silva, he did so by disqualification five years ago in Honolulu. Silva has since rattled off 14 consecutive victories -- 12 of them finishes -- and has thrown his name into the middle of the greatest fighter of all time debate.

The time has come to make it happen. Some will support the Silva-Okami rematch, but with Silva and St. Pierre so clearly established at the top of their divisions, provided the French Canadian gets past Jake Shields in April, this fruit will never be riper for the picking. With his front kick knockout of Belfort at UFC 126, Silva went a long way toward hushing his critics, who point to doubts regarding his age and diminishing skills. He has won 14 consecutive fights, 13 of them inside the UFC. Nothing more needs to be said.

St. Pierre, with his impossible-to-stop takedown attack, seems a perfect foil. Silva turns 36 in April, and though he remains as potent as ever, time waits for no man. UFC president Dana White believes it would be hard not to have the Silva-St. Pierre mega fight play out in Canada.

Photo of Anderson Silva - photo credit ca.askmen.com



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