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CNN: "In UFC fight, mixed martial arts and brain science collide"

CNN takes a look at the kick that got everyone talking about Anderson Silva. CNN had video available earlier in the week showing the kick. This article talks about the saftey of MMA and also talks to Vitor. Pretty good and fair article on MMA from a major news outlet.

Post UFC presser montage: Jones on training for Shogun; Anderson on the code Vitor broke; Vitor...

Post UFC presser montage: Jones on training for Shogun; Anderson on the code Vitor broke; Vitor entering press conference and congratulating Anderson; Anderson describes how he thinks a fight with GSP would go; Steven Seagal on how happy he was when the kick landed.

"Shogun should start training right now" - Fabio Borges, Brazilian journalist. More of his...

"Shogun should start training right now" - Fabio Borges, Brazilian journalist. More of his stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88q6lSOUdgI (Sorry I couldn't embed the Youtube vid. It kept saying I can't leave html empty, which I wasn't)

Shogun says Rampage Ducked Him, Jones was Second Option

With Rashad Evans injured, Jon Jones earned a shot at the light heavyweight title against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but the young talented fighter wasn’t UFC’s first option to replace Evans. According to the champion to TATAME TV, Rampage was offered the shot. "The UFC thought in other alternatives, but it didn’t worked out. For some reason he (Jackson) didn’t accepted it", Shogun said, talking about his upcoming fight against Jon Jones. "I’ll have to change my training because he’s a lot different from Rashad, much taller, and it’ll be a great challenge. He’s been surprising everybody in the UFC, defeated everybody with ease, and it’ll be a tough fight for me", he stated.

Mario Yamasaki Surprised with Anderson’s KO over Belfort

How did it feel to watch so closely one of the most expected fights in all history? To me it was wonderful, great, not only because of the repercussion the fight had in Brazil, but around the world. The whole world was expecting this fight. Vitor was one of the last hopes to defeat Anderson, and you saw what happened... Were you surprised with a knockout on the first round? Did you think it’d last longer? Of course. Until that moment Vitor was winning the fight, he had attacked and taken Anderson down. I thought it’d be an interesting fight, but the kick Anderson did caught everybody by surprise, including Vitor. UFC’s coming to Rio in August. Do you hope to be invited to judge some bout? I’m cheering for them to call me for UFC Rio, and I think they will. It’d be stupid if they didn’t (laughs). The whole world is waiting for this event to happen.

Although it was mentioned in his post fight interview with Ariel Helwani, I didn't realise it was...

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Although it was mentioned in his post fight interview with Ariel Helwani, I didn't realise it was so close to the event. This is probably why Cowboy didn't look his usual self last night. But nonetheless he still managed to WIN. R.I.P. Cowboy's Grandpa

UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort Predictions

The BloodyElbow.com staff give their predictions for UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort. The event takes place on Superbowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Zelaznik labels Jon Jones 'MMA fighter 3.0'

Jon Jones has been hailed as the new generation of fighter by Marshall Zelaznik, who cannot wait to see the light-heavyweight take on Ryan Bader at UFC 126. "I remember watching Jon Jones toss Stephen Bonnar around the Octagon and I turned to my son and said 'my God, look at this guy'," Zelaznik told ESPN. "Jones is like the MMA fighter 3.0. "If 1.0 was the Chuck Liddell era, and GSP was the 2.0, Jon Jones might be fighter 3.0. His strength, his technique, his enthusiasm... this guy needs to be watched. Not only that, he makes it his priority to improve. Often you see talent like that go to waste. Not Jon Jones. "This fight, if it was boxing, they wouldn't be meeting for another five years," said Zelaznik. "You would keep them on separate paths, you would build their records and feed them opponents. But we're going to see where the cream rises."

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BloodyElbow.com Betting Game Preview: UFC 126 Silva vs. Belfort

Join the Bloody Elbow Betting Game for UFC 126, which is headlined by UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

UFC 126 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort: Cracking The Code Although Anderson Silva is one...

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UFC 126 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort: Cracking The Code Although Anderson Silva is one of the greatest champions the UFC has ever hosted, every great fighter’s reign must end. The man has never lost a title fight, managing to finish six of his eight championship bouts before the judges could have a say. That leaves two unanimous decisions wins over Thales Leites and Demian Maia. These, unfortunately for Silva, comprise two of his last three title fights, suggesting that his finishing ability may be escaping him as he enters the latter half of his thirties. Even though he submitted Chael Sonnen in the fifth round, the beating he took en-route to the submission victory seems to contribute to the case that Silva may be slowing due to age. In addition to the possibility that Silva is losing his greatest asset, superior speed, he may also fall victim to the execution of a sound game plan. In his last two fights he has shown chinks in his armor in the least likely of places. Against Maia he came out in traditional fashion and delivered devastating strikes for the first three rounds, landing nearly every shot he threw. As the fight entered championship territory Silva seemed to become less efficient and less effective with his striking. His aggressive offense gave way to a more defensive avoidant strategy that left many wondering if exhaustion could explain the fighter’s peculiar shift in game plan. In the fifth round Maia landed more than twice as many power shots to the head than did Silva. Maia, not known for his striking, was able to connect with clean punches on the once impossibly elusive champion. Signs of Silva’s diminishing speed continued, as was evident in his most recent fight with Chael Sonnen. The Sonnen fight was a serious wake up call for Silva and served as a "How to Defeat Anderson Silva Manual" for UFC middleweight challengers. At the start of the first round, Sonnen quickly sent Silva to the mat with a series of big punches. By the end of the night Silva had absorbed more strikes in twenty-three minutes than he had in his entire UFC career. Sonnen managed to outclass the champion in every facet of the game until the opportunistic Silva secured a triangle choke halfway through the final round. Although Sonnen would test positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and rumors of Silva’s rib injury surfaced, the fight still showed that it is possible to dismantle Silva. Sonnen may be a rarity in that he possesses quick enough feet and strong enough wrestling to get Silva to the mat, but his hands have never been considered a real weapon, and they alone put Silva on his back. Vitor Belfort has been afforded the luxury of seeing Sonnen crack the code of an aging Silva. Regardless of the benefits Sonnen received from the PEDs, Silva is facing an even quicker opponent in Belfort. For the most part Sonnen managed to outclass Silva’s standup. Thus, it can be expected that Belfort, regarded as having some the most lethal hand techniques in MMA, will challenge the champion’s legendary striking. If Silva’s injury was truly to blame for his lackluster standup and Vitor finds himself in trouble on his feet, he can utilize another tactic employed by Sonnen: Wrestling. Silva’s impeccable take down defense has relied on his superior reflexes. Reflexes that seemed absent during his last fight. Belfort has solid wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), judo, and is perhaps one of the only middleweights considered to be quicker than Silva. This combination of technique and athletic ability should allow him to execute the game plan mapped out by Sonnen. But, Belfort’s black belts in both BJJ and judo should prevent him from being submitted like Sonnen. Silva is a legendary champion who has dominated for nearly five years while demonstrating immense skill, dedication, and heart. Unfortunately for Silva, Belfort posses the knowledge and skill to dethrone the champ, and will likely do so come February 5th. By Eric Warden

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