Although Anderson Silva has won all 11 of his Octagon bouts, his last three title defenses have left a lot to be desired. It all started at UFC 90 when “The Spider” allowed a severely under-matched, yet game, Patrick Cote extend him into the 3rdRound before the Canadian blew out his knee.
His last two outings have resulted in unexciting unanimous decision wins over Thales Leites and Demian Maia, respectively.
In steps UFC legend Randy Couture to share his knowledge on the main event.
“I think since the Cote fight he’s taken on a different style and hasn’t been as explosive, not trying to finish fights early on,” Couture told SB Nation.
The Hall of Famer believes Chael Sonnen’s in your face concept is perfectly suited for his UFC 117 showdown with Silva, which is something that Couture has mastered throughout his career.
“I think the style Chael Sonnen brings to this fight on [August] 7th will give Anderson trouble. He’s not going to try to stand with him, he’ll cut right to the chase and try to get his hands on him,” Couture expressed. “If he can do that without getting caught with something on the way in, he can make it a rough night for Anderson. It should be interesting.”
Speaking of an intriguing match-up where one fighter will look to take his opponent to the canvas, Couture’s planning on violently rolling out the MMA welcome wagon when he meets Toney inside the TD Garden in Boston.
Silva and Sonnen will collide at UFC 117 inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.