Make that fourteen consecutive UFC victories and nine straight UFC title defenses.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva extended those records tonight in Rio de Janeiro by putting Yushin Okami away in the second round of their UFC 134 main event fight.
Once again, The Spider made the absolute domination of a world class fighter seem easy. Fired up by the crowd in Rio, Silva came out a little more eager to mix things up than he usually does. The first round was still mostly a feeling out period, with time being spent on their feet and in the clinch. Silva gave a glimpse at what was to come though, by easily dodging Okami’s punches and ending the round with a head kick that wobbled Okami.
By the second frame, Silva apparently realized he had somewhere to be and decided to put an end to things. He came out of the gates on fire, moving slick and looking to beat Okami up. He sat Thunder down with a right jab thrown from the hip á la Forrest Griffin, but he didn’t follow his opponent down. He patiently waited for him to return to his feet. He landed again and began toying with Okami, before once again planting him on the mat with a seemingly effortless punch. It was time for things to end, the champ decided and he poured on the strikes — punches, elbows and knees to the body — until Herb Dean was forced to intervene.
“I train hard for the best guys in the world,” said Silva after the fight. “I trained hard. I trained to fight. I’m so happy.”
The win erases Silva’s last loss, a 2006 disqualification to Okami which came after Silva knocked him out with an illegal up-kick, and improves his overall record to 31-4. Having earned another spectacular victory, this time in front of a very pro-Silva, Brazilian crowd, Silva was too excited to speak much English following the win.
“I’m so happy, bro,” Silva admitted. “I’m sorry.”
He repeated his desire to face his clone though, which, aside from GSP, Jon Jones or a rematch with Chael Sonnen, seems like one of the only things left that could challenge MMA’s best fighter.
Okami falls to 26-6, unable to make good on a title shot that was long overdue, and takes home his second-ever TKO defeat.