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October 11, 2010, 12:02 PM
Fanhouse.com is reporting that Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort has been confirmed for Feb. 5th. Will this go the distance or is one of these fighters doomed to fall face-first on the mat?
October 11, 2010  12:05 PM ET

Anderson is a better fighter than Belfort, always has been.

Silva by decision. There's just something about Anderson when he fights Brazilians...

October 11, 2010  01:02 PM ET

Vitor is fast and has the power to (T)KO Anderson early but lacks the heart to compete late.

Got to hand it to a guy who has been around the top as long as he has though, he was one of the reasons that Saku was number 1 back in the day and now he is still fighting the best in the world 11 years later.

October 11, 2010  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Vitor is fast and has the power to (T)KO Anderson early but lacks the heart to compete late.Got to hand it to a guy who has been around the top as long as he has though, he was one of the reasons that Saku was number 1 back in the day and now he is still fighting the best in the world 11 years later.

We've talked about Vitor before.

I personally stopped considering him a "Phenom" once I saw him losing all the important fights of his career.

Randy Couture (twice), Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Dan Henderson.

October 11, 2010  03:40 PM ET

im gonna have to agree with Hyped. They made a big deal of him ko'ing linland...really?

October 11, 2010  03:47 PM ET

im gonna have to agree with Hyped. They made a big deal of him ko'ing linland...really?

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October 11, 2010  06:32 PM ET

No need to comment here.

October 12, 2010  04:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

No need to comment here.

You just did :)

October 12, 2010  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

im gonna have to agree with Hyped. They made a big deal of him ko'ing linland...really?

Lindland was still top ten at the time.

In his last 12 fights before that he had only two losses: Fedor and Rampage. And the Rampage decision was suspect.

I'm not saying he is a great, but he is a very solid fighter with the skills you seem to need to take out Vitor.

October 12, 2010  08:08 AM ET

One thing I do wonder about this fight is what gameplan Vitor will use.

He has in the past been a strict boxer, but also sometimes a wrestler. He has taken down and controlled the fighters like of Heath Herring (in his Pride Prime), Gilbert Yvel, and Daijiro Matsui.

Those aren't top level competitors I understand, but he is still a very impressive ground fighter and wrestler. He is a Carlson Gracie black belt and has a great ground game. His ground and pound and submission defense are on a whole different level than Sonnen, so this could be something he considers if the standup doesn't go his way.

October 12, 2010  05:20 PM ET

Victor will be coming into the fight with ring rust and a huge layoff away from his last fight 17 months. If Silva is a 100% heathly then by submission.

October 12, 2010  05:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Victor will be coming into the fight with ring rust and a huge layoff away from his last fight 17 months. If Silva is a 100% heathly then by submission.

*healthy*

October 13, 2010  03:25 PM ET

The only people that have really given Anderson problems are strong wrestlers who can overpower him (lutter had him mounted, henderson took a round, chael took three rounds). Vitor does not fit this description. Vitor is an agressive striker facing the best counter striker in the bussiness. I see Anderson knocking him out. Plus I agree with uno234, I think the time out of the cage will really hurt Vitor.

October 13, 2010  03:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The only people that have really given Anderson problems are strong wrestlers who can overpower him (lutter had him mounted, henderson took a round, chael took three rounds). Vitor does not fit this description. Vitor is an agressive striker facing the best counter striker in the bussiness. I see Anderson knocking him out. Plus I agree with uno234, I think the time out of the cage will really hurt Vitor.

Chael took 4 and 3/4 rounds.

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October 14, 2010  11:41 AM ET

That's true, he hasn't looked great in his last few fights. That being said, I have never thought Anderson looked vulnerable while standing in any of his fights. Although its quite possible he hasn't fought a striker of Vitor's caliber yet.

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October 14, 2010  03:12 PM ET

Don't forget that the standup in the first round was all Chael. If Anderson leaves holes in his game like that for Vitor he will find himself stumbling backwards while eating a flurry like Wanderlei.

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