The longest reigning champion in the UFC. He holds records for most consecutive wins in the UFC, most consecutive title defenses and has never lost in the UFC.
In fact, Silva has rarely been in trouble in the UFC, but one man nearly defeated him, Chael Sonnen. Silva was nearly defeated by the outspoken fighter from Oregon before winning via triangle arm bar in the final round.
He later blamed the performance on an injured rib and will have the opportunity to defend that title and show he is the best Saturday at UFC 148.
Silva is the champion and favorite for good reason. When you’ve never lost in the UFC and never been in trouble except one fight it gives you a huge advantage.
He has some of the best head movement in the UFC and his stand up is outstanding. Silva is such a diverse striker that he can defeat most opponents with his length and arsenal.
Sonnen is going to want to bring it to the clinch, but that is where Silva is at his best. Silva is going to work knees in the clinch and try to finish Sonnen early.
Silva has outstanding jiu-jitsu too. Sonnen’s bread and butter is his wrestling, but has always left himself open to the submission. Silva will feel confident on the ground because of his submission game and the fact that he submitted Sonnen in the first fight.
If Silva comes in at 100% he can definitely defeat the challenger, but this is no simple task. Saturday will feature an event between two fighters that hate each other and should give us one of the best rematches in UFC history.