MMA Action: UFC 126 Middleweight Championship, Silva vs. Belfort

January 10th, 2011

Alright sports betting fans; if you like fast-paced action that undoubtedly will be a must see event – you know that the upcoming UFC 126 has to be on your docket.

Perhaps the most anticipated UFC event to date: UFC 126 taking place on February 5, 2010 in Las Vegas will feature the most talked about match-up in MMA history.  Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will defend his title against fellow Brazilian Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.  Fans can expect to see a knockout in this championship match-up, as both fighters tend be stand-up competitors with toe-to-toe action.

Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (27-4-1-0, 15 KOs) hasn’t been defeated in 14 fights since January 2004.  He has been dubbed the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet having dominated by submission Dan Henderson, and knocking out Nate Marquardt, Chris Leben, Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin (twice; Franklin vs. Griffin will be taking place during this same event – another must see bout).  Silva has been jumping back and forth between middleweight and light heavyweight classes while dominating both.  He seems to be unstoppable, yet a very close call with the match-up between Silva and Chael Sonnen during UFC 117 may have just been what Silva needed to keep him focused on his untouchable status.  Sonnen was able to take down Silva and deliver serious ground-and-pound action throughout the match.  With under 2:00 remaining in the final round of the match, “The Spider” was able to obtain a triangle choke for submission by tap-out, and extended his title defense record to seven.

Challenger Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (19-8, 13 KOs) is a former UFC light heavyweight champ, having defeated Randy Couture for the title in 2004.  His UFC fighting history dates back to 1997, as he climbed the ladder to become a champ.  He had some losses to the likes of Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell (in their prime), and Couture later in 2004 to relinquish the title after holding it for 8 months.  Belfort took a hiatus from the sport in 2006 due to a steroid controversy.  “The Phenom” returned to the UFC in 2009 with a major knockout win over Rich Franklin at 195 pounds.  Back in full stride with a clean bill of health and determination, Belfort is more than ready to reclaim his champion status.  He has the strength of a heavyweight at the middleweight class, and as a southpaw will create some obstacles for Silva.

Silva is favored at -240 over Belfort, who comes in at +190.  These two super strikers should both be hungry and out for blood in what could be a major slug-fest.  Don’t look for this one to go the full distance of five full five minute rounds.  Silva is going to prove to the world that he is still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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