UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva retained his title against challenger Vitor Belfort last night at UFC 126. Silva knocked out Belfort at 3:25 of the first round following a front kick to the face. Silva moves to 28-4 with the victory, while Belfort drops to 19-9 with the loss.
What was the high point of the fight?
Silva did some cool wing chun shadow boxing, but there was also the FRONT KICK TO THE FACE. If you haven't seen it (and that's a curious thing to admit, Bloody Elbow reader), I urge you to seek it out immediately. Belfort crumpled to the mat, and referee Mario Yamasaki needed to see a couple of punches from Silva before putting an end to the contest.
Where do these guys go from here?
UFC President Dana White all but promised MMA fans that he would put on a superfight with Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva should those to get by Jake Shields and Vitor Belfort, respectively. Silva did his part last night, and he'll be watching GSP's meeting with Shields at UFC 129 closely.
The loss puts Belfort in an interesting situation. He still has yet to win a fight at middleweight in the UFC; his fight with Rich Franklin was at 195 pounds, and his fights with Matt Lindland and Terry Martin were in the now-defunct Affliction fight promotion. At 33 years old and looking completely outclassed against Silva, one wonders if Belfort's title ambitions have passed him by. A rematch with fellow Brazilian Wanderlei Silva in Rio de Janeiro would be fun.
Watch it now, later, or never?
This looked like a watch it never. Silva and Belfort threw a handful of strikes at each other through the first three minutes, then Silva started his dance routine. Observers cageside noted that the sweat beading from Dana White's head could be seen fifteen rows back. Fortunately, Silva saved faced by caving in Belfort's, and made this a watch it now.