Anderson Silva clenches his fists after his staredown at the UFC 148 press conference at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In just a few short days, Anderson Silva will defend his UFC Middleweight title against Chael Sonnen for the 2nd time, as the two men meet in the main event of UFC 148. There's been so much to look at leading into this fight. From Sonnen's promotional tactics, to the first fight, to the pull apart staredown, there's a lot to dissect before Silva vs. Sonnen II.
But for me, whenever Anderson Silva fights, the biggest thing to look at is technique. That's because Silva is, quite simply, the best striker we have ever seen in MMA. He's done things we've never seen before, and I'm not sure when we'll ever see again. So it should come as no surprise that Silva is one of the most frequently discussed fighters in our Bloody Elbow Judo Chop series where we break down MMA techniques.
Here, to get you ready for Saturday, is a collection of all of the Anderson Silva Bloody Elbow Judo Chops, featuring work from myself, Jack Slack, and Nate Wilcox. Reading through them is a great reminder of what a unique talent we have in Silva, and just how exciting this weekend's fight should be. Will we see a new Chop-worthy technique on Saturday? History says the chances are good, and I am ready to find out.
UFC 148 Judo Chop: Beating Anderson Silva
How can Chael Sonnen hope to beat Anderson Silva in their rematch? Jack Slack examines the few weaknesses in Silva's incredible game.
UFC 134: Rio Judo Chop - Anderson Silva, Muhammad Ali, and the Anchor Punch
In this UFC 134: Rio Judo Chop, we break down the Anchor Punch Anderson Silva used against Yushin Okami, tracing the roots back to Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston.
Lots more in the full entry.
UFC 134 Judo Chop: Anderson Silva Puts on a Show Against Forrest Griffin
Our Judo Chop series looks at Anderson Silva's amazing performance against Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 as we get ready for UFC 134: Rio.
UFC 148 Judo Chop: Analyzing Anderson Silva's Counters For Yushin Okami
Anderson Silva's Striking is among the best in the world. Jack Slack breaks down some of his tricks that anyone can copy!
UFC 134 Judo Chop: Anderson Silva and the Muay Thai Clinch Part 2
Before Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami at UFC 134, part two of our Judo Chop looks at Silva's Muay Thai clinch work against Rich Franklin at UFC 77.
UFC 134 Judo Chop: Anderson Silva's Masterful Clinch Work Part 1
In part 1 of this 2 part Judo Chop series, we break down Anderson Silva's masterful clinch work as he readies for Yushin Okami and UFC 134.
UFC 148 Judo Chop: Analyzing Anderson Silva's Thai Plum Entrances
Jack Slack looks at how exactly Anderson Silva worked his Thai clinch magic on Rich Franklin over two separate UFC title shots.
UFC 148 Judo Chop: Anderson Silva's Right Hooks Against Forrest Griffin
Anderson Silva is the greatest counter striker in MMA. Jack Slack breaks down his masterful destruction of Forrest Griffin.
Judo Chop: Front Kicks With Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Josh Thomson
Our Bloody Elbow Judo Chop looks at the front kicks of Josh Thomson from the latest Strikeforce show, and asks how they compare to the famous kicks by Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.
Judo Chop: Anderson Silva Lands a Muay Boran Back Elbow
A technical breakdown of the Muay Boran back elbow by Anderson Silva.