UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva successfully defended his belt for the 10th time at UFC 148, stopping Chael Sonnen in the second round of their July 7 encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
After getting taken down and controlled on the ground for a majority of the first round, Silva displayed his improved takedown defense in the second, forcing Sonnen to stand with him. The Portland native decided to throw a spinning back fist, and Silva smoothly moved out of the way, tripping Sonnen in the process.
Anderson Silva followed up with a vicious knee to the “American Gangster’s” chest, taking the fight right out of Sonnen. He kept up the pressure with a furious barrage of punches, forcing referee Yves Lavigne to stop the fight.
With Silva’s impressive performance at UFC 148, many MMA fans are hoping for a super-fight against current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. However, the chances of that bout ever happening are pretty slim, considering the amount of respect both men have for one another.
Besides, things are starting to get interesting in the UFC’s middleweight division, and there are some solid matchups for “The Spider” at 185 pounds. For one, former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard is now a member of the UFC’s roster, and he matches up well against Silva.
Mark Munoz is another dangerous fighter at 185, and he’s also one of the best wrestlers in the division. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” has won seven of his last eight fights in the promotion, and a win against Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fuel TV 4” should qualify him for a title shot.
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has also indicated a desire to fight Anderson.
“@lorenzofertitta i want 2 pick a fight with the middle weight champion! Lol Make it happen!! Please!!” Evans tweeted on July 7.
Evans has been able to outwrestle almost everyone he’s faced, and he’s probably the biggest threat to Silva’s title right now. However, he did lose his last fight against Jones, and I’d like to see him face one of the UFC’s top middleweights before getting a shot at the sport’s pound-for-pound king.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.