UFC 134: Silva vs Okami Breakdown
Main event fights will be aired via PPV and the televised portion of the prelim card will be aired in Canada on Spike TV and in HD on Rogers Sportsnet. At least four unaired prelims will be available in their live on Facebook.
The fight geek in me wishes it was the year 2001 and that this event was titled Ultimate Ultimate Brazil 2 featuring Rickson Gracie vs. Kasushi Sakuraba. Fantasies aside it’s the year 2011 so kudos to the UFC for resisting the urge to stack this card with fighters from a bygone era. Instead the UFC is delivering a card for their return to Brazil featuring some of the very best fighters the modern sport of MMA has to offer.
I do still want to see Royce and Renzo fight again though.
Here is the Top MMA News breakdown:
As any of you who watched their first fight know, contrary to Chael Sonnen’s recent claims, Anderson Silva was completely dominating Okami during their first fight back in January of 2006 before being disqualified for an illegal kick to the head of a grounded opponent. I think this fight will be more of the same minus the victory by disqualification for Okami.
Okami can win this fight though. I expect Okami will exploit his wrestling advantage by attempting to take down Anderson Silva down and outpoint him on the judges’ scorecards.
That being said, I think the typical Anderson Silva will show up on Saturday night. Okami may take Silva down but I expect Silva’s long range strikes will add up and that he will eventually finish Okami in a decisive fashion.
If Anderson Silva does win this fight look for another credit to Steven Seagal for the victory. My theory on this bizarre trend is that Seagal is more of a sponsor than a trainer for Team Blackhouse. I really don’t think anyone is buying the story these guys are selling.
Prediction: Anderson Silva by 4th Round TKO
Shogun looked terrible the last time he faced Forrest Griffin in the octagon. Despite that fact, I’m still picking Shogun.
Yes, I still feel like an idiot for betting on Shogun over Jon Jones back in March but it’s not that I love flogging a dead horse. Well maybe it is. If Shogun is firing on all cylinders he can nullify Forrest size advantage with technique and speed. The longer this fight goes on the more I see it favouring Forrest though.
Regardless of the outcome, I think this will be the fight of the night.
Prediction: Mauricio Rua by Unanimous Decision
With a strong performance against Mirko, Brendan shot up the Heavyweight rankings. I think his meteoric rise might be a little premature. Mirko hasn’t exactly been dominating the Heavyweight division over the last five years so it’s difficult to read a lot into that fight. Also Brendan didn’t look composed to me. He was repeatedly warned by Herb Dean over rule infractions until he was eventually docked a point.
Brendan will be faster than Nogueira but I think that will be his only advantage. In my opinion Nogueira has better boxing and a significantly stronger ground game. I’m sure Brendan is imagining that he will dominate Nogueira like Mir and Cain did but this might work against him if Nogueira takes Brendan into deep water. I think Nogueira will be too much too soon for Brendan.
Prediction: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira by 3rd Round Submission due to Anaconda Choke
This is the fight that I am most looking forward to on this card. I’m sure Ross Pearson has been checking a lot of leg kicks in preparation for this fight but Barboza’s Muay Thai is just on an another level. When these two strikers collide in the cage expect pure violence.
I highly doubt Pearson has the confidence in his striking to stand up with Barboza for long. Ross will probably try and take this fight to the mat. Barboza has the speed and timing to capitalize on Pearson’s hesitance. I think Ross’ perceived ground advantage will eventually be his undoing.
Prediction: Edson Barboza via Second Round TKO (leg kicks)
This is a tough fight to call. Brazilian Luiz Cane does have the home cage advantage but after rewatching Nedkov’s Sengoku’s fights I’m leaning toward the undefeated newcomer to the UFC. Luiz Cane probably has significantly better stand up but Nedkov still doesn’t know how to lose.
Prediction: Stanislav Nedkov by Split Decision