Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort title fight targeted for UFC 109 on Feb. 6

The highly anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between current champ Anderson Silva and explosive challenger Vitor Belfort is now targeted for UFC 109.

The UFC had originally hoped to feature the contest at UFC 108, but Silva's recovery process from elbow surgery forced a delay in the schedule.

Belfort first released news of the new date to the Portugese-language Terra magazine's "Mano a Mano" blog, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with sources close to the bout that verbal agreements are in place. Bout agreements have yet to be signed.

The bout is also contingent upon Silva's recovery process.

The bout between Belfort and Silva has been planned since "The Phenom's" triumphant return to the UFC with a  TKO win over Rich Franklin in the catchweight main event of "UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort."

Silva's camp had initially expressed some resistance to taking a middleweight title fight with Belfort due to the challenger having yet to fight at 185 pounds in his return to the UFC. The champ has since agreed to put his belt on the line against Belfort whenever the fight does happen.

As for the elbow, Silva's manager, Ed Soares, told MMAjunkie.com in October that he doesn't believe there's a reason for any long-term concern.

"Anderson's recovery is going really, really well," Soares said. "He's coming back, and his recovery is doing really good. His physical therapy is going really well. He's getting better range of motion. He'll be back 100 percent for sure."

For complete coverage of UFC 109, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

(Pictured: Vitor Belfort)

(Touch of gloves: MMAjunkie.com reader Fabio Stiegele)

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turdsfromspace on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm ET
votin for vitor on this one...but anderson may have his number
 

jfearsnone20 on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm ET
I want to say Vitor got it cause he's got a great new style of fighting as of late, but i think Silva got it.
 

4uhatrz on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
Should be a good and interesting match up regardless if Vitor earned the title shot or not. I think Silva will still pull out the win, but if he drops his hands for any reason, Vitor may be fast enough to catch him and take the win and the title.
 

mdclone on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm ET
For the first time in a while Anderson Silva has a worthy match up!

This is what incorporating Pride into UFC should have been back when it first happened.

Shogun vs Machida....awesome match up.
Now Vitor vs Anderson...another awesome match up.

I think Anderson is the superior fighter, but its about time this guy started fighting some fights!

Lets be honest, no MW can hang with Anderson, esp. when he drops all that weight.

Not to say Griffin wasn't a worthy opponent, but Silva needs to continue facing tougher and heavier
competition.



 

bigmark on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm ET
its hard to think that vitor can win but i hope he does, he has all the tools but can his mind handle the pressure he has been broken before
 

Prosperityy on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm ET
He's older, wiser, and been there before. He's got this, although I hope he doesn't use his karate stance too much because muay thai>karate all day.
 

rush100 on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm ET
what "new style of fighting"?  He always had KO power, was always patient, then chosing his spot to litterally explode on you. 

I think that fight might just be a real chess match . They'll show a lot of respect...both will be very patient and careful...possibly a "strategic fight"(some will say boring). i know i won't!
 

mmaelite177 on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm ET
He is referring to the karate that he has been incorporating into his fight game...it is a newer aspect for him
 

rush100 on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm ET
what "new style of fighting"?  He always had KO power, was always patient, then chosing his spot to litterally explode on you. 

I think that fight might just be a real chess match . They'll show a lot of respect...both will be very patient and careful...possibly a "strategic fight"(some will say boring). i know i won't!
 

devarr21 on Nov 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm ET
Do not forget that Silva and Machida train together. Vitor and karate is a good combination, but Machida has the style almost perfected. Silva will not have a problem with Vitor's style. If anything, Vitor has quick hands that might cause problems for Silva. Maybe?
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm ET
same here.

Is Vitor the best challenger to date for A.Silva.
 

snakechamer on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm ET
Like Vitor but Silva will walk through him. Silva is just on another level. No hero worship just look at his fights. 
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm ET
I know man...I think Silva should just move up to 205.  He's pretty big  himself anyways.
 

Gibbs101 on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm ET
I really want to see him rematch hendo but vitor will be an amazing fight as well
 

BARENUX1 on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm ET
The deciding factor in this fight will be the the first exchange.

I REALLY think someone will get KO'd in the VERY FIRST exchange.

This is interesting, Vitors hands are thunder, and same with silva.

Silvas got great head movement, id give the power of the punch to vitor.

Both are lightning quick, i cant even decide on this one, because its gonna end so quick. watch...
 

BrassJunkie on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm ET
i wonder if Silva will call Belfort to see which Vitor will show up.
 

thisfightismine on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm ET
Anderson's recovery must be on schedule.
 

Tubekid on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm ET
Just the fact that Anderson had to get surgery to get fully healthy and now will have better range of motion is scary for anyone.  Good luck Vitor your going to need it..
 

StraightRiteKO on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm ET
GO Silva ! ! !
 

patbarryfan on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm ET
I found this highlight video of Silva on You Tube. Its awesome. This is why he is the best P4P fighter in the world.
 

patbarryfan on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm ET
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3M4VacJ4NU
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:11 am ET
+1 patbarryfan ...i agree 100% my friend, i agree one hundred percent... i just don't get why some people can't see it .. spider-silva is king
 

bigdmmafan on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm ET
Hopefully this happens!!!

The last thing we need is more injuries or delays.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm ET
+1

damn those injuries...get well to all fighters..
 

IronJawJake on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm ET
Sweet, so hopefully, 109 for Silva, 110 for GSP, 111 for Lyoto/Shogun.  The only way that could be better is if GSP and the Lyoto rematch were on the same card!
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm ET
UFC 110, isn't this the Autralia card?  GSP vs Hardy and Machida vs Rua for the 111 card would be awesome!
But I think Machida would still be healing after surgery so UFC 112 would be best bet.  Than 113 Penn vs Maynard...lol..
 

mmaelite177 on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm ET
Yeah 110 is Australia, Wandy and Sexyama are headlining that card.

I really wish that GSP and Hardy would step up and headline 108.  GSP said in the Q&A that he is training 2-3 times a day, six days a week.  I don't think it would be hard for him, and Hardy seems like a gamer. 

I just don't like Evans and Silva as the main event.
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm ET
It's too soon for Hardy IMO.  He needs all the training he can get to take out GSP.  Superbowl weekend is best best for GSP/Hardy.
 

SuperDave98 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm ET
Agreed you need all the training , help , streangth and planning for GSP !!!!
 

kenjkun on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm ET
yea hardy didn't look hurt during the fight but he looked to be in some pain after his post fight interview. 
not to mention he'll need a full training camp to prep for gsp.
 

optimus828 on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm ET
This is a good fight... I think anderson will shine w\ somebody aggressively trying to take his head off.

And.. come on man, you shouldn't be looking past Diego "Dirty" Sanchez yet... he's the biggest challenge bj has faced and I think he's got a good chance of taking out bj.
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm ET
My bad bro...lol...its just my assumptions.  Its highly probable that Penn will win and Maynard will win and the 2 will fight come 2010.  I know I can be wrong but...chances are great on my picks.
 

marco10matteo on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm ET
i was going to say GSP was his biggest challenge, however, that didn't really seem like a challenge. Just 4 rounds of total beatdown ...

I'm happy it was over because I was one of the very few montrealers who would not have been too disappointed had BJ won ... his antics after the fight turned me off a little, however, BJ is BJ ...

He's still one of my favourites
 

S4t1va on Nov 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm ET
Actually it was 3 rounds of getting beatdown :D. GSP spent the whole first round trying to take BJ down.
 

IronJawJake on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm ET
Here is my prediction for the next Lw title shot.....Gray has it as long as he beats Nate somehow, if he loses, all eyes should turn to Edgar.  If he loses too......its between Clay, Miller and Griffin.  If it came down to them, whoever has the most impressive next victory would get it.
 

IronJawJake on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm ET
Oh, and Nate would have a chance too if he finished Gray, only I think he could still get a no.1 contender's match with someone else if he did beat Gray regardless of how quickly.
 

talkfromtoronto on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm ET
defnetly out of guida miller and griffen griffen would get the shot if maynard and edgar lose. griffen is fighting really well lately.
 

LelandMMA on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm ET
wewt this is gewd newz
 

kenjkun on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm ET
wow thank you ufc.
also glad vitor is back to his old self again.
 

droppedatbirth on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm ET
If Vitor can't put him away in the first minute then he's going to have a rough night.
 

jdogg on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm ET
If anyone is going to beat him in the 185 division it's Vitor, but I'm holding out for a GSP v. Silva superfight late spring/early summer.
 

sealyaxe on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm ET
That's assuming Belfort can make weight at 185.
 

n4tacon on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
Belfort has previously made 185 at Affliction 1 and Affliction 2. Making the weight isn't a problem. As I'd said numerous times since the demise of Affliction, Belfort came in at 195 for UFC 103 after having a fight scrapped (Affliction 3) and not having the normal amount of time for a training camp. In reality, the man doesn't weigh anymore than Silva. Weight won't be an issue here.
 

EAJames on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm ET
Great news, if one more main event fell through I was going to start picking up chinese checkers as my new hobby. Anyway, should be a very interesting fight, looking foward to seeing how Vitor approaches this fight. Can't wait to see the odds
 

chooch on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm ET
I would like to see Vitor take it.Change is good.
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm ET
Vitor will get smashed.

I was excited to see GSP has been putting on muscle. I know he can beat the Spider
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm ET
I know he can beat the Spider

Explain to me how?
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm ET
Take him down and pound him for 5 rounds or until he finishes him. If Penn couldn't do anything from guard, Silva won't be able to either.

GSP takes even the better wrestlers in the UFC down (Kos, Fitch, Hughes) so tell me how the Spider will be able to stop it? Sure, Silva could land that one shot and put GSP to sleep, but I think the chances are GSP takes him down and grinds him up.
 

marco10matteo on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm ET
why do people always say GSP beat 'better' wrestlers? Has it occured to people that maybe GSP is BETTER than them?  ... In that, does 'better wrestlers' apply?
 

marco10matteo on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm ET
sorry, i missed 'THE' in 'the better wrestlers of the division' as a more general term ... and miscontrued it as 'better wrestlers than GSP'
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
I wasn't saying better than GSP by any stretch. It's obvious that GSP is miles ahead of anyone else in wrestling...especially in his weight class. I meant some of the better wrestlers in the UFC. GSP is the best wrestler in the UFC


 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:16 pm ET
you know what he meant..

before GSP fought them, they were definitely better ON PAPER on wrestling than St. Pierre, who would have thought he is a wrestling freak..

 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm ET
so tell me how the Spider will be able to stop it?


Silva is bigger, taller, more precise with is hands.
Do you know that Penn is smaller then GSP.  and Penn is no Silva.
Even if GSP gets Silva to the mat, Silva is too big underneath GSP.  GSP will try GnP, but Silva will get up easily.
I don't see this match up ever happening anytime soon.  I know I read GSP talking about going up to 185.  But A.Silva will be in 205 cause he is getting way to big for the 185 league.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm ET
w/ GSP bulking up, he will take him down easily..

aSilva doesnt have a good TD defense then you have the best takedown artist today...

he wont stop it, unless he KOs him immediately..
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm ET
Hendo took him down.  He was a wrestler..and we know what happen there.

I see GSP as a good addition to the 185 after Silva moves to 205.

GSP vs Nate, Maia, Hendo, Rich, Wandy, Akiyama would all be epic.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:34 pm ET
Hendo was gassed. GSP is the GnP machine..
Silva will be brutalize if ever he is on his back.
 

Jykferth on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm ET
no way...

silva will easily put GSP away... GSP is way too accurate... GSP doesnt last out of the 2nd round
 

Jykferth on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
correction i meant Silva is way too accurate... and no one has ever really seen silva on the ground... his BJJ is incredible too...but better than gsp wrestling and gsp too small for silva
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm ET
No were correct....GSP is way too accurate....with his takedowns that is. What are you talking about no one has really seen Silva on the ground? We've seen that many times, that is how he loses rounds and fights in the past. Sure his BJJ is good, but he isn't subbing GSP. GSP is up to 196lbs right now and still putting on mass, so when the fight comes around they will be very close in weight.
 

CanadianCrippler on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm ET
Travis Lutter vs Silva. Enough said.

GSP has the speed, explosiveness and strength to easily dump Silva down time and time again. In the times Silva does get taken down, he does NOT get up all that easily. Only thing that might help Silva get up from GSP is the fact GSP would be a smaller WW, unless he is starting to walk around 200lbs or more, and Silva could muscle his way out.

That being said, getting the takedown without getting blasted is a very very real threat with Silvas power, quickness and accuracy. The fight between them would be about whos timing and accuracy is better. Silva would most likely not throw many strikes in the anticipation of GSP shooting in and would try to time a strike or knee. I doubt GSP would engage too much on the feet as well. So it will be a chess match,...both guys wanting to counter the other....GSP countering with his takedown, and Silva with a knee to GSPs chin.

Hendo might not have done a whole lot to Silva while he was on top, but GSP has the best top game in the UFC imo. He transitions with ease and his gnp is nasty. Hendo is also much slower then GSP and his striking defense is not up there either, and lets not even get into the discussion of "gas tanks". He relies on his chin, where GSP relies on not being there when the strike is thrown.

The size of Silva should not be a factor in the takedowns, as GSP trains with guys as big and bigger so he will be used to it. As for Silvas jits, its not enough. Only way GSP will get caught nowadays would be in a wild scramble, and Silva never really looked explosive on the ground when trying to get up or apply a sub.

I have doubted GSP since GSP/Hughes 1. Every fight i keep thinking that bad things will happen, and then GSP comes out and dominates every time. Fitch wasnt a big concern considering he has no striking, but Alves and Penn were scary opponents for differing reasons. EVerytime Alves and GSP were standing, i was nervous, but GSP was winning the standup as it was.

This is all why GSP can pose a danger to Silva. Best mma wrestler. Best top game. Top notch timing and accuracy. Strong and fast. Only thing he really lacks is 1 punch KO power, but not everyone can have that. He can knock you on your ass, or flash ko though, so he doesnt have pillow hands. GSP's chin, im still undecided about. He did take a few nice shots from Alves and seemed ok,....question remains....does his chin suck, or was the location of Serras punch "right on the button"?
 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm ET
Hendo took Silva down and won the round. You've utterly failed there buddy. Hendo lost when he tried to bang with Silva, proving incontrovertibly that he's one of the least intelligent fighters in MMA.
 

Stoker789 on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm ET
HAHAHA! are you talking about the toughest chin in MMA and one of the hardest hitters?  Hendo saw what Silva was about that night, and he got choked out because he gassed after a hard cut.  But "one of the least intelligent fighters in MMA"?  C'mon man, Hendo is a goddamned MMA legend, what have you done?
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:27 am ET
RELAAAX buddy...Hendo is faaar from legend...i don't think you know what "legend" in this sport means... look at the spider...fedor... let me know when hendo has an exciting fight or a win streak that counts... and don't bring up pride..seriously, i loved pride too... get the f--k over it already ... Hendo has done f--k all in the ufc...in, lost 2 title fights, splits palhares in a snoozefest...cheats franklin out of a win with a split, then ko's the paper warrior Bisping...and wants another title fight which would make it 3 in 6 fight..with a record of 3-2...hmmm..hendo is irrelevant in today's MMA world, he knows it, Dana knows it, i know it...how come you don't?? Why else would he be trying to milk his last contract for what it's worth...it's the end of the road for the guy... FAR from legendary in the UFC, if Cro-Cop and Wanderlei can be judged by their UFC records, then this cement head should as well... Spider silva is king

 

chooch on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm ET
I gotta disagree with you on Hendo.I would bet that if he got a 2nd chance at Silva that he would win.He is a lot better than you are giving him credit for.He is still a force in MMA.He did win a round against Silva.Which is a lot better than other fighters can say.I don't think it's crazy to think that he could beat Silva.One round does not make a fight but the potential for an upset is there.Hendo gassed.We all saw it.But he has the knock out power,intelligence,and most of all the wrestling to win.Not far from a legend at all.Not as far as his fans are concerned.
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm ET
Do you know that Penn is smaller then GSP.  and Penn is no Silva - Come on man you think I'm a noob. I meant more along the lines of jj skills
GSP will try GnP, but Silva will get up easily. -  When has Silva gotten up easily after getting taken down?
But A.Silva will be in 205 cause he is getting way to big for the 185 league- What like he's still growing? He's 34!! The only reason he would go to 205 and stay is if Machida wasn't in the picture or if he is scared of GSP

I know we can go back and forth for days about who would win, but that is why this fight needs to happen. In my head I absolutely think GSP would win, and in your head you think absolutely Spider would win, and we'll never know until it happens. This fight WILL happen, and it will be that super fight that will make huge numbers, and the UFC is running out of huge fights with their #1 gone. Their #2 is GSP, and they would love to have a new set of intriguing matchups for him in a new class. You think they are happy they have to sell the GSP vs Hardy fight? Hell no!! We all know GSP is probably going to finish him 1st round, and then who after that? Silva is not far away from retirement and the only true way to pass the torch is with a beatdown, and GSP will deliver that beatdown....mark my words!!!!
 

Jykferth on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm ET
everyone said the same thing about GSP/Penn... GSP is too big... BJ is too small... then claimed they were same size etc... gsp manhandled penn because of size difference mostly... period.... a good wrestler owns anyone if they have size on them... but if their opponent has size on them like silva does on gsp... silva will own him
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm ET
How does that logic apply to GSP vs Alves? Alves was bigger by 5-10lbs and GSP handled the sh*t out of him. By the time GSP and Silva fight I would say their weight difference will be similar to what GSP and Alves was. GSP is 194-195lbs right now!
 

Linux_User on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:53 am ET
Exactly. Size don't mean squat if you don't have some kind of skill. Take that Brock Haterz.
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm ET
Fair enough. 

Well, I do hope UFC make it happen.  Just to shut one of us up I guess.
But do yout think GSP will beat Nate, Hendo?
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm ET
I think GSP will handle anyone/everyone in the 185lb division.

The only person who I can see possibly beating him (In my mind) is Tyrone Woodley in like 2 years given he stays healthy and at ATT.

I'm not ignorant and think my word is the way, because I also thought (without a doubt) Machida would decimate Shogun, Torres would beat Bowles, Swick would be Hardy. So, not like I am some sort of perfect fight predictor, but I can't see anyone beating GSP right now.
 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm ET
You're casting pearls before swine.  I cannot understand how anyone can with a straight face say that ASilva has any chance to keep the fight standing against GSP.  Silva has been taken down and controlled on the ground by everyone and his mother (lutter, leites, marquardt, chonen, takase,newton).  Aside from Marquardt that is not a murderers' row of wrestlers; in fact that list is basically full of clowns.

Silva has a chance of catching GSP with a knee or knocking him out standing. If he doesn't, Silva will be mercilessly beaten down until he's TKO'd or the fight goes to decision, where he will have lost every round.

 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm ET
That's how it plays out in my head. How do you think the odds will play out if the fight does happen? I know I will be laying down some cash on GSP
 

The_Darkness on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm ET
Interesting question. I think that the betting public for a variety of reasons (many of them misconceptions) will make Silva a slight favorite -somewhere around -140.  I think there will be a ton of value in this line.  People consistently confuse how big a fighter is in the off season with how big he is fight night. I can almost guarantee that Silva does not cut much if any weight for his fights; that is to say, on the day of weigh ins he's only sweating off five or so pounds. This is borne out by Silva's weighing in at 182 for his last fight at MW. Either he doesn't know how to cut or he's not cutting much weight.  People also seem to think that because someone is bigger in the off-season he must be "stronger" (however that's measured).  GSP could probably do pull ups with Anderson Silva hanging from his waist. I seriously doubt Silva could do that.  GSP has bullied elite wrestlers. Silva could never, ever do that even if he enjoyed a significant size advantage. He simply doesn't have that sort of core strength.

In any event I could go on and on on this topic but suffice it to say that I would take GSP all of the way up -200. Above that I don't think there's not much value, because Silva has a legitimate shot at knocking him out (just as he does everyone else).
 

Cheddar on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm ET
I do agree with most of what you say ( i am Canadian and a HUGE GSP fan) I don't think GSP can control silva like he's controlled others Silva is to strong and his hands would prolly put GSP to sleep before GSP could even shoot.

But I can see this fight possibly happening sometime. I don't think weight is an issue. Anderson has stated multiple times he wants the biggest fights a fight with GSP in my opinion would be one of the biggest fights the UFC has ever had in its short history from a marketing and PPV sales stand point anyways. From a competition stand point I think A.Silva has that fight from the get go. He's to damn good. GSP is great but he isn't in Anderson's league atleast in the striking department. Training his BJJ with the Nog's definitley doesn't hurt his chances at beating GSP handily.
 

JustMe on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm ET
I would love to see Silva vs GSP in Canada.  Damn! That would be record setting all over again don't you think.
 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm ET
Being a huge fan of someone certainly doesn't make you more knowledgeable as you're proving. Anyone with a decent top game can control Silva on the ground (see my below post for examples). With the exception of Hendo, since he's been in the UFC, Silva has fought nothing but strikers and grapplers with mediocre wrestling (Lutter, who still managed to take down and control Silva, and Leites whose wrestling is terrible, who's a bum and who's been cut by the UFC).  Hendo also is more of a striker than a wrestler and his wrestling is overrated (it's good but it's simply not outstanding as many claim). Quinton Jackson, Wanderlei and many others have taken down Hendo and controlled him on the ground.  That's because Hendo is more of a slugger than a wrestler, a fact that allowed Silva to beat him.

GSP wins easily unless he gets knocked out. Silva has no hope of keeping the fight standing and he will not submit GSP.  Silva is a big guy in the off season but come fight night he's not that much bigger than 185lb so his having a size advantage is simply not the case.
 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm ET
lol, Silva had problems getting up after Lutter mounted him. Lutter lost the position because he went for a sloppy armbar.  Hendo held him down for an entire round; marquardt (whom GSP is a better grappler than) held him down until the fight was stood up. Ryo Chonen held him down and beat him up for the better part of three rounds for god's sake.  How long have you been watching MMA? If not that long your post is excusable. If you've been around for a while, you're either a troll or a relative of ASilva.

ASilva's weakness = GSP's biggest strength.

I cannot wait for Silva to lose.
 

gaucho on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm ET
The Darkness, sorry dude, but you either have to be GSP or be completely in love with him. Your reasoning is absolutely appalling!! Why are you applying MMA math all the time?? we all know it doesnt work. Tell me in which of the fights that you mentioned was Silva really in trouble??? Maybe you could make a case for lutter's one, and look what happened to him, he got triangled, and he was supposed to be much better than silva at BJJ. If Silva is in REAL trouble he is capable of doing things you cannot predict. Also lets not forget that if this fight happens Silva would have a lot of weight on GSP, more than Alved did, and you are plain stupid if you think it is not true. Sorry, but I actually think you are plain stupid applying the MMA math. GSP would get owned if this fight ever happened, He would either get KTFO or subbed. You are making a complete fool out of yourself Darkness along with the others who think that Silva vs GSP could end in any different way than Silva's hand getting raised at the end  of the bout. Silva is much bigger, much faster, much more skilled standing and on the ground. The only advantage GSP could have is takedowns and they dont win fights alone. Darkness, stop posting because you simply have no clue what you are talking about. MARK MY WORDS - should this fight ever happen its Silva owning GSP. period.
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:38 am ET
+100 gaucho
 

The_Darkness on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm ET
Actually I'm sorry. I'm not sure you understand what MMA math is. MMA math is as follows: A beat B, B beat C, A therefore will beat C.  That does not work, and I didn't say that it did.  What I did was point to examples where Silva was outgrappled and wrestled by MMA grapplers far, far inferior to GSP.  

The surest way to test your undying love for a fighter is to wager money. Of course, we can't bet directly, but I will take GSP all of the way up to -200.  What odds are you willing to bet on Silva up to? -10000? lmao. If you don't understand the question, don't bother posting a reply.
 

DLKasim on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm ET
Silva doesn't need to stop the takedown.  He can sub GSP as easily as GSP can get the takedown.  And before you can say GSP is too good a wrestler or too strong to be subbed, just look what happened to Hendo, who is stronger and just as good a wrestler as GSP.
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm ET
Hendo is no GSP and he definitely is not as good of a wrestler as GSP...not even close.     
 

edosama1983 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm ET
joke of the year?

Hendo is Olympic level, GSP someday hopes he can be in the Olympics...
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm ET
You're a joke if you don't think GSP is a olympic level wrestler
 

edosama1983 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm ET
we'll see if he actually makes the Olympic...

 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm ET
Hendo 14 years ago was an olympic caliber wrestler; he's not wrestling at close to that level now. Hendo was outwrestled by Quinton Jackson who is a slightly above average MMA wrestler. Dan Henderson is probably the most overrated wrestler in MMA today (I defy you to name me someone else). He gets taken down a lot and he rarely controls fights with his wrestling, although his clinch work is of course very good. That's not to say he's not a good wrestler; he clearly is, but he simply isn't an outstanding wrestler.  (He's an old man.) All this talk about his being "olympic caliber" is preposterous. 
 

mafrank1 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm ET
I agree 100%.  If a Weakened Travis Lutter can take Anderson down and get full mount.   GSP sure better, as long as he gets past the striking and cut the distance.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm ET
ruthless takedown and GnP.. its possible.
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm ET
If the UFC wanted to top this season of TUF they should have GSP and Spider be coaches and then fight at the end!!! Now that would be epic!!!!!!
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm ET
nah..

UFC should just scrap TUF show all the way..
 

Beathisfacein on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:38 pm ET
They should just make the format where we would get to see like 3 fights an episode. That's all I want to see anyways. More fights=more fun
 

emeraldringer on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm ET
Yeah, right. They should just scrap the show that basically saved their company, provides millions of viewers a week, provides them with an avenue to break into other markets/countries, and funnels new talent into their organization. Right.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
it was good for the first 2 seasons maybe?? but its getting old now..

time to move on buddy..
 

n4tacon on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm ET
It was good up until TUF5 (lightweights). After that, it hasn't done so well. Admittedly, TUF8 (Nog/Mir) was pretty good with some talented guys especially the winners (Escudero/Bader). However, yeah, the show is lacking and needs some revamping. HWs was not the way to go unfortunately.
 

tiger_style on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm ET
For some reason this fight just doesn't excite me.  I'd much rather see Vitor vs Marquardt first.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm ET
wow.. Vitor vs Silva, probably two of the most dangerous stand up guys in all of MMA and you aren't excited..

i guess each is to his own, really...
 

tiger_style on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:56 am ET
I don't know...just seems like he hasn't earned his shot at Anderson yet.  Although it seems to be a trend for his title fights (leites, cote).
 

TakeDown on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:05 pm ET
nice! though i wanted to see hendo have a shot at it first:)
this should be good.
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm ET
with all of the bullcrap happening for the UFC right now (injuries, contract disputes) the last thing we (the fans) need to do is to complain...

Vitor vs Silva is better than Vera/Couture , Silva/Evans & Ortiz/Griffin combined.
 

wayneraltman on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm ET
I am stunned at the GSP over Silva comment. Put down the crack pipe and game console, and step away. With GSP's chin, and Anderson's power, the Spider will retard GSP. If GSP wants to retire early, and draw some worker's comp he needs to take that fight.  
 

n4tacon on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm ET
Don't forget the height, weight and reach advantages. As silly as it sounds, those factors make quite the difference especially against someone of GSP's size.
 

The_Darkness on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm ET
Would you say the same thing about the great Ryo Chonen (who was on his way to a unanimous decision victory before he tapped Silva)?  You're right though. After seeing the beating he put on Leites and Cote he better run for the hills. 
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:45 am ET
stfu darkness...that was andersons what? tenth fight or soemthing? ninth? your a fkn idiot dude...shut up...btw...if you haven't been keeping up with MMA in the last 5 years or so...Anderson Silva is on a what..12 fight win streak...10 in the UFC or something??? may be off by one or two numbers but you should get the point dummy ...hate for the Spider? you must be blind
 

The_Darkness on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:43 pm ET
Lol, watch the language. I'm sensitive.

I'm questioning your knowledge of ASilva if you don't even know his current win streak (an easily verifiable fact). In any event, more recently, Silva was embarrassed for an entire round by a flabby, gassing Travil Lutter.  Silva has heart and a good ground game and he pulled it out in the second round (which he was losing).  But unless you are repressing that memory, that fight (because it was much more recent) should give you pause before you proclaim Silva the victor against GSP in a fight that has not even been announced.
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm ET
Guess what, if Silva looks weak to you because of HALF a round against Travis Lutter 3 years ago, then guess what, it was off the same season of TUFF that Matt Serra forced GSP to tap like a girl to to forhead strikes.....get you facts straight dummy...and Silvas win streak in the ufc is 10 buddy...you have ZERO grounds for a point...pointless human you must be in actuality as well
 

tommygunz on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
you people must be huffin something. Vitor Belfort doesn't have a shot in the world against silva and is certainly not the best equipped to beat him. Vitor beat marvin eastman and wandy silva......look at the rest.....a bunch of fighters from Japan with glass jaws and lame stand up....he lost to lidell, he's taken roids......he got back in the ufc and beats ace ventura and now is gonna knock off Anderson!? Are you people serious? He wouldda got killed my Moussaui if it had happened. Wishy Washy MMA fans you are....
 

weaponX on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
what about his KO over matt lindland?
 

Teck-Tition on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:50 am ET
oooh...not Lindland...scary
 

weaponX on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
looking forward to this fight-
however i am skeptical it will even happen
 

cantgetenuff1 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
http://www.youtube.com/user/THECATDADDYC

The Cat Daddy is funny and its all MMA
 

HHT on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
FYI: The UK Telegraph is reporting that GSP and Dan Hardy are being tapped for TUF 10. 

First off, let's all agree to acknowledge that it "holds up the belt." We got it, no need for 60 comments all saying it.

1. It makes sense in that Hardy is a character who could sue some exposure and that GSP could put together a great coaching team. (Sound familiar)

2. There really isn't another welterweight out there that has either won all their fights in the last year or has not been beat by GSP already. - This way, the division can iron itself out a little bit and maybe we'll have a deserving contender after Hardy.

The X Factor: GSP suffered his worst loss after being heavily featured on TUF 4. Don't think that will happen again, but you never know.

Overall: Despite all the normal arguments against Champs doing TUF, this makes more sense than some previous choices.
 

HHT on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm ET
Correction: TUF 11
 

joshyboy708 on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:04 pm ET
I guess they have to build up this fight somehow, cause I don't know how many people are buying Hardy as any kind of threat to GSP currently.  Still...with champions getting injured right and left these days (and its seriously becoming a running gag), do we really want to delay any possible title fight at this point?  Especially for a fight that has so little natural interest currently? 
 

HHT on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm ET
I think you just made the case for these guys to coach TUF. You said yourself that there is no "natural interest" for thsi match up so why not have them coach and get Hardy some exposure. At least that way, people will say "I don't think he'll win but I'm rooting for him" or; "GSP will kill this a**hole." (Depending on how Hardy comes off on the show.)

I think Hardy's comments foreshadow a little added subtext here: "GSP is an athlete, I'm a fighter." Hardy is positioning himself as the brawler, the natural, the underdog, Rocky to GSP's Drago. However far that goes remains to be seen, but it's usable with a TUF backdrop.

Here's the challenge for Hardy: You're a contestant on TUF 11 and you have the chance to be coached by the legend GSP... but you end up on Hardy's team. How does Hardy keep his guys motivated if they start losing?
 

thrillhouse on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm ET
I can't see Hardy and GSP being coaches, simply because of timing.  TUF 11 doesn't start until April, so this fight wouldn't take place until approximately June.  GSP seems to be close to being back to health, so I don't think the UFC wants almost a year to go by between GSP fights.

I would like to see GSP as a coach, so maybe he could coach TUF 11 after he beats Hardy with his next contender.
 

wayneraltman on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm ET
I am also shocked at how well the UFC has been able to overcome all of the injuries, and illnesses that have piled up. Great cards are hard to make with the best conditions. These past few months have been unreal!!!!
 

mezc2002 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm ET
a fight i would really like to see but i doubt will happen would be A.Silva against Lyotto Machida.

It wont happen because they have the same manager     
 

Addicted on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm ET
Thank God. I was worried about my beloved superbowl card. This fight alone will make it worth going.
 

Stiegele on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm ET
From Belfort Twitter account $0$0 $0 $0- @KendallGrove what’s up bro good to hear from you thanks bro I will fight Anderson so if you can help partener with me please will be great$0 2:23 AM Nov 13th from Tweetie.$0 $0
 

Stiegele on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm ET
Btw, the source is the same Brazilian blog mentioned on the article above...
 

Bajs on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm ET
At this point its all about new matchups instead of rematches!!!

So theres no need to question the legitimacy of the contendership as far as mw and ww division goes.
I mean imagine Swick vs Gsp the way Swick looked vs Hardy!

Its aaaaaaaaaall about new names...
 

ZachAttack on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm ET
Yeah! On my birthday too!
Go Vitor
 

joshyboy708 on Nov 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm ET
I'm not going to get too excited about this fight until they're actually in the octagon and ready to go.  The same goes for every upcoming main event sadly.  There have been far too many main events dropping like flies lately for me to get too invested in an upcoming fight.  I have a sinking feeling this will be another one...expect Silva's elbow to start "feeling funny" about a month before the fight.
 

Nomicsfighter on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm ET
Am I the only person who hates Ed Soares with a passion?  Everything about him just bothers me, he's like tick, a gnat at a bar b que that just wont go away and always finds someway to stay in spotlight.
 

snakechamer on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm ET
No. He's earning his pay. Did you read the Yahoo story on him?
 

guido on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm ET
no you are not. i used to like the guy but he started rubbing me the wrong way afters the cote and leites fights when he was translating silva's excuses and i just got the idea that he was just embelishing anderson's excuses a bit too much. the same for lyoto after this last fight with shogun. he's not M-1 global level of shady or anything, but something about the guy just rubs me the wrong way....
 

uutsii on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm ET
For the forst time in a long time im in spiders corner on this one, I hope he picks appart Vitor avoid the early flurry footwork and head movment will overcome the barrage ........... Anderson is the man till he faces the MAN that is G.S.P. is younger version of Randy coutour master stratgist will have the game to squash the spider.... Wrestlng, take downs, Octogon control and GnP........ will be his path to victory.... the best fighter in the world GSP
 

pogiako on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm ET
damn, there are heated debates w/ GSP vs Silva!

scrap all other fights, make it happen!!

WAR GSP!
 

MMAFightsLover on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm ET
No way! Anderson Silva is way to big for GSP!
 

irunthis on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm ET
Rad matchup, I will bet on Vitor for sure (he'll be underdog for sure, just a matter of how much).  I think he's got a great explosive style to catch Anderson.  If Forrest can manage to come within inches, Vitor can certainly touch his chin.  I believe Vitor has put his demons behind him and will not mentally crumble so easily as we have seen in the past.

Vitor 2nd rd TKO
 

EdoKaz818 on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm ET
Good match up yes

Deserving, hell No

 

JJ714 on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm ET
WTF!! 1 fight and he gets a title shot?? What about Nate "The Geat" atleast  Nate vs Vitor winner gets title shot!
 

edosama1983 on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm ET
no one is interested in re-matches
 

n4tacon on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm ET
That's the exact way that Anderson got his title shot though. He beat Leben and then fought Rich. In Vitor's case, he beat Rich (a good win) plus his previous wins at 185 (Lindland and Martin) made it reasonable. It's certainly not wild.
 

seanros777 on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm ET
Two awesome fighters!!!! Dont care who wins but I'm going to have to say Silva wins this fight.
 

kenjkun on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm ET
for the record, is the t silent?  is it belfor or belfort?
 

ThunderGloves on Nov 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm ET
I hope Vitor wins but i doubt he will be able to pull it off with the SPIDER in the oposite corner
 

MagicRat on Nov 16, 2009 at 8:31 pm ET
I'll bet Anderson Silva takes this fight seriously!  NONE of the usual antics of his past few fights.   I vote for Vitor but anyway it goes, this is a great matchup for sure!!  
 

Daidojuku-Dude on Nov 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm ET
I expect nothing but fireworks on this one, I beleive Vitor is the only real threat that Silva has had since he fought Henderson
 

mmabsmooth on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm ET
Vitor is Spiders Next voctim. This will be easy. Spider Silva is on a much higher level, Period
 

mmabsmooth on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm ET
Victim I mean
 

lefthook07 on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:12 pm ET
Any way this fight ends by sub lol?..Both are BJJ Black Belts This verywell could..
 

Cubs113 on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm ET
Silva is great...but I just can't root for him, I don't mind dominance but every part of me wants to see him get picked apart and his weaknesses exposed...as to whether it will happen; I am not sure.  I do know that a guy this dominant shouldn't be so picky about who and when he fights.  I understand the 'bone spurs' surgery, but why wouldn't he want new challenges?  rather than complaining about the fact that vitor has yet to win a MW bout.  He took care of Rich quicker than Anderson did.  Either way this should be a good fight.  I hope Vitor brings it and atleast puts Anderson in some dangerous situations. 
 

OptimusCrime on Nov 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm ET
Wow! Great match-up. Can't wait for this one!!
 

cloustrizi on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:07 am ET
The speed at which you beat your opponent has no bearing. That doesn't mean Anderson won't embarrass Vitor like he has done everyone else.
 

Cubs113 on Nov 17, 2009 at 6:05 am ET
True but, it is often a point of arguement via posters on this site.  Either way, u cannot argue that Vitor has a chance...if not a better one than his past opponents.  I thought Hendo was his best match up (style wise) but Anderson answered that one. 
 

RumbleForPresident on Nov 17, 2009 at 6:54 am ET
Anyone with Belfort's power at least has a puncher's chance, IMO is the most polished striker Silva will have faced so he at least has a decent shot to catch Silva.
 

tditz on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:15 am ET
Hopefully Anderson is done playing is stupid games. I just want to see the fight. Silva only fought twice in 2009, which is pathetic.... just like BJ (2x), GSP(2x), Machida (3x), and Lesnar (1 TIME)! I hate how the UFC talk about getting their fighters 3 or 4 fights per year. That's BS... more like 2 or 3 if they're lucky.
 

joshyboy708 on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:55 am ET
Yeah that's one thing I never understood.  Dana runs his mouth about how top boxers only fight twice a year.   Have any of the top UFC guys really fought more often than that in recent years?
 

MM1160 on Nov 17, 2009 at 9:46 am ET
it's going to be funny when silva bombs out belfort like all the others. what exactly is a decent chance...2%...because thats about all the chance he has.
 

Linux_User on Nov 17, 2009 at 11:14 am ET
I too hope St. Pierre and Silva battle it out soon. GSP would defeat Anderson Silva and I'll tell you why I think so.

When GSP fought BJ the second time, he knew going into the fight, that BJ had the superior striking ability.
In knowing this, he concocted a fool-proof strategy (a strategy in which he revealed later).
He took BJ down and forced BJ to use his arms on the ground. This caused blood to rush to his arms and it turn, neutralizing them.

This tactic worked as it slowed BJ's striking ability immensely. If you watch the second fight again you
will see a point where BJ gets to his feet and attempts to strike with GSP.

St. Pierre actually looked quicker, but it was Penn that was slower. It was clear that GSP's strategy worked as it took alot of the snap out of BJ's strikes.

This same strategy would work for Anderson as well.
 

Lumberjack83 on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm ET
I belive Vitor has a very good chance of winning. The Spider has never fought someone with the combination of hand speed, power and precision that Vitor has and if The Spider pulls those little dancing antics he pulled with Forrest Vitor will capitalize and drop him. And another thing Vitor seems to be a much wiser fighter he has been venturing out and learning more diciplines. And dont forget when Vitor fell off a while back that was the same time that his sister came up missing and was murdered, that alone would devastate anyone. I think Vitor is back on track and will suprise alot of people in this fight.
 

mmalab on Nov 17, 2009 at 2:17 pm ET
Anderson is gonna show why he is best in the world once again

 

ev on Nov 17, 2009 at 4:44 pm ET
Should be Nate fighting Anderson.  The guy deserves it.
 

chooch on Nov 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm ET
I believe that Vitor,Nate,and Hendo are all capable of beating Anderson Silva.Whether they will or not remains to be seen.Anderson Silva is great no one can argue against that.It's just a little silly to think he can't be beat.I personally don't see him getting through all 3 of these guys without a loss.There is just too much talent out there for him to go another year without a loss.He is going to have some very difficult fights coming up.Starting with Vitor.
 

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