Not that many needed convincing, but Anderson Silva is the best fighter in the world.
There was a little bit of doubt in the minds of some due to Silva’s performance against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, but on Saturday at UFC 148, Silva removed all doubt.
Silva stopped Sonnen at 1:55 into the second round with a barrage of strikes that Sonnen couldn’t respond to, as he defended his UFC Middleweight Championship for the 10th time.
Sonnen won the first round, as he took Silva down quickly and held him down for five minutes, but Silva showed great takedown defense in the second and used his pinpoint accuracy with his striking to end the fight.
With Sonnen past him for good, there really is no viable challengers left to Silva. Sonnen seemed to have the best style to beat Silva, and the champ still ran through him.
Silva is now 15-0 in his UFC career and just adding to his legacy as the greatest UFC fighter of all time. Perhaps a change in weight class is in order to challenge him, or perhaps he should just retire on top of the world.
In the co-main event, Tito Ortiz saw his career come to an end in a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin.
Ortiz (16-11-1) a former UFC champion and now Hall of Famer, seemed to tire early in the fight, which opened the door for Griffin to pepper him with strikes. Ortiz landed a few big punches and a few takedowns, but Griffin had a 3/1 edge on total strikes and was the more active fighter.
Ortiz is going out at the right time, as he clearly is not among the best in the division and this performance proves it. For knowing it was his last bout, he didn’t have much of a spirited effort to win. For a man of his stature and his talk about being the people’s champion, he sure didn’t go out on his sword.
Griffin didn’t look at that great either, but he was definitely looking to finish the fight at the end.
UFC 148 Results (Courtesy of MMAMania.com)
Saturday, July 7 – MGM Grand Garden Arena
185 lbs.: Anderson Silva def. Chael Onnen via TKO (strikes) at 1:55 of round two
205 lbs.: Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Cung Le def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Demian Maia def. Dong Hyun Kim via TKO (injury) at 0:47 of round one
145 lbs.: Chad Mendes def. Cody McKenzie via TKO (body punch and hammer fists) at 0:31 of round one
145 lbs.: Mike Easton def. Ivan Menjivar via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Melvin Guillard def. Fabricio Camoes via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Habib Nurmagomedov def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Constantinos Philippou def. Riki Fukuda via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Shane Roller def. John Alessio via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Rafaello Oliveira def. Yoislandy Izquierdo via unanimous decision