He’s long maintained it and after what happened tonight in Rio de Janeiro in the main event of UFC 134, it’s hard to argue with UFC president Dana White that Anderson Silva isn’t the best fighter to ever compete in mixed martial arts.
“The best EVER!” White Tweeted following Silva’s emphatic victory.
Silva extended the records he’s set and still holds for most consecutive UFC victories (fourteen) and most successful UFC title defenses by effortlessly dispatching of the highly respected Yushin “Thunder” Okami. The Japanese powerhouse was calm and confident despite facing Silva in his backyard, but he was unable to overcome the champion — even though he trained with Chael Sonnen.
Silva held the fight in his hands from the start, easily avoiding Okami’s attempts at striking offense and staying upright through the brief clinch encounters. He started to turn things up at the end of the first, landing a head kick right before the bell that stung Okami. By the second round, Silva was ready to turn things up. He came out jiving, throwing punches and kicks in rapid succession and from odd angles, clearly throwing off the challenger.
Hearkening back to his fight against Forrest Griffin, Silva dropped Okami almost lazily with a right jab thrown from his hip. He was in no hurry to look for the finish from there though, and let Thunder back to his feet. Like a big cat toying with wounded prey, Silva picked his shots and took his time and it wasn’t long before he put Okami down again. This time, he sought to end things, battering Thunder with an array of strikes before an end was called to the fight by referee Herb Dean.
At this point, a rematch with Chael Sonnen (and maybe Dan Henderson) or superfights with fellow champs Georges St-Pierre or Jon Jones seem to be the only very intriguing options out there for Silva. But, who would The Spider face if he had his way?