Quick Quote: Anderson Silva training "any which way" to prepare for Vitor Belfort

“I just checked my blood pressure and it’s normal.  I don’t feel any extra pressure. I made a few adjustments, but pretty much I’ve been on the same track, maintaining the things that I always do. It’s a very intense training camp. I’m training a little bit of everything. I’m training on my back, on my side, with my feet up on the wall behind me. Any which way you can train, I’m training and I have to be prepared. It’s hard to say how any particular discipline is going to play into this fight.”

 

Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva will put his title on the line for the eighth time when he meets Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort in the main-event of UFC 126.  While Silva has gone undefeated since joining the promotion in 2006, many feel that a weakness was exposed in his latest bout with Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, who had the Brazilian on the brink of defeat before being caught in a miraculous triangle choke late in the final round.  Now faced with a new challenge in the former Light Heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort, Silva will look to regain any traction lost in his last match and prove why he is considered by many, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. 

UFC 126 is set to take place Saturday, Febuary 5th from the sold-out Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Silva vs. Belfort will headline the stacked card, the co-main event will feature a pivotal Light Heavyweight showdown between rising stars Jon “Bones” Jones and Ryan Bader that will likely catapult the winner into contendership.

 

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31 Comments

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    doberman

    February 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

    If Sonnen and Maia landed punches(standing) then Vitor is going to connect. PLLLLLEASE KO him Vitor!!

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    ShaunDiel

    February 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

    SILVA’S READY BABY.

    If Silva walks out to DMX he automatically wins. Bottom line.

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    speedenow

    February 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I must confirm that i flew to Curitiba, Brazil to take his BP. It read AS “120/ Winner 2rd TKO.. n don’t worry I’m a RN… So its legit!!!(Normal Pressure)

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    Ninja

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I dont think it works that way….Maia n Sonnen aren’t known for there stand up so Silva was most likely less worried about there stand up and prolly less defensive but now that hes fighting a striker like Belfort he’ll be way more cautious

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    UnderdogGreatness

    February 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Well said…
    Wow so many people hate on Silva just to hate. I guess haters will hate no matter what.

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    Lowkickdodger

    February 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Silva was worried about the takedowns and where he let his arms down, sonnen would punch and not take him down, well done.
    We saw that against a fast and powerful wresltler, Silva’s stand up can be neurtralized a bit. Vitor will have to show up as a wrestler and not only a striker come fight night and mix it up if he wanna knock him out or hurt him.

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    JaytheBrit

    February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    silva tko 1st round…imo

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    Fluidity

    February 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    HAHAHHAA well said baby ! Silva all the way !

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    overhand right

    February 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    maia landed a punch against silva? i must have missed that

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    overhand right

    February 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    silva by decision. think the weight cut could take a lot out of vitor and if he can’t finish this fight quickly he could begin to deteriorate fast.

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    systemagician

    February 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    right to summarise if vitor rushes anderson from the opening and has a crazy 3 mins with hay makers and wandy style punches i give him a chance but if he is goign to circle anderson in the middle of the ring this is andersons all day, i not sure why everyone wants to see anderson get KO’d no doubt he is a supreme one time fighter and lets face it guys GSP and him will be a mega fight that wont happen if vitor does manage to pull this off.
    there are rumours that vitor is scared of anderson on the net from other fighters, we will see! he needs to rush him straight of the bell if he dont he going to get a beating ( silva by 2nd round KO)

    then anderson can KTFO GSP in the mega fight this will be a much easier task than belfort GSP is not the fighter that will beat silva, he to small and anderson walks round at 220LLB

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    friendlyfoe

    February 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Dude, two things.
    1. Why would Vitor be “scared” of Anderson? Is he not fighting him? They fight for a living, why the hell would he be scared of fighting? Where are you getting your theories from?

    2. You claim the GSP and Anderson fight will “be a mega fight that wont happen if vitor manage to pull this off” Are you clairvoyant? IF Anderson loses to Vitor do you think he’ll just shrug his shoulders and leave the UFC and not try to get back the belt?

    From the sound of it I think you are a Silva fan, but with that ignorant asinine statement you are really insulting him in the worst manner.

    Actually Three – Put down that crack, its whack.

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    TheRealDeal

    February 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    One of two scenarios will happen….

    1. Belfort KO’s Silva first round early on…… or…..
    2. Silva drags it into later rounds and either TKO, subs, or decisions Belfort.

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    TheRealDeal

    February 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    DMX the child molester? Real class there. he’s a loser.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    February 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Dude, one thing.

    That was HIS own opinion.

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    Stiks

    February 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    1. He said there are rumors. RUMORS. Meaning its not something he came up with or may necessarily agree with.

    2. Dana said if GSP beats Shields and AS beats Vitor that theres nothing left for them but to fight each other. That being said, AS has been talking about leaving for awhile now, so its not exactly impossible that he would walk once his current contract is up.

    3. Crack is not in fact whack.

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      friendlyfoe

      February 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      @Stiks

      1.SO by “RUMORS” then you think its substantial? So Vitor “maybe” scared of fighting AS? So this fight shouldn’t be happening?

      2. IF GSP and Silva are both successful…then in your logic then AS should not test himself with another champ – even if it means securing his legacy forever as GOAT and making a ton of money along with it?

      3. You are right, “3. Crack is not in fact whack” when you are smoking too much of it.

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    systemagician

    February 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    yep thats right the theory of vitor being scared of anderson might be bull but i have watched 5 or 6 videos on here and on mma-core where fighters themselves have said they have heard the same thing???
    maybe no smoke without fire? i dont know but generally lets remember the fighters that are saying that are all in the same game they know most of these people personally ?

    vitor in the first 3 mins buy attacking relentlessly or anderson will kick his asse all over the place not to mention vitor has been known for his commitment in the later rounds on not pushing like he does early on

    anyway stiks, the result will be seen but thats my opinion if vitor dont jump on him he is going to get battered, and as the very next article says this fight with GSP and anderson will happen as long as they both win there next fights anderson has fought at welter weight before, he is middle weight and been to 205 thats why he must be considered the best in the world

    to move classes is something he will beat GSP he is the middle weight champ ( longest ever) and he could be a 205′er and take that title, we all know that.

    whats GSP done? dosent stop many opponents, could not submit hardy? got sparked by serra?
    never moved weight class? yet and when he does he has to face anderson

    dana says both guys win next fight and they will meet so there you go

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    moots

    February 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    “I just checked my blood pressure and it’s normal.” Hilarious, Anderson. I have a strong feeling that Vitor is going to try to go for the takedown early and often in this fight, at least to show Anderson some different angles and make him think about it in order to capitalize on it in the striking department. Hopefully Anderson has worked on his TD defense again, because I want to see the genius striking chess-match between these two.

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    MAMBA24ILL

    February 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    If all those guys training with Anderson say he’s ready, then Anderson must be ready.

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    HATEOCRACY

    February 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    DMX is a gifted intense rapper that @may smokes hubba rocks, but he ain’t on no king of pop hype(R.I.P)

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    HATEOCRACY

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Roids still don’t make you a winner, so put that in your meth pipe & puff puff & pass it 2 the next Silva hater

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    codemaster

    February 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Vitor is a blackbelt in BJJ and Judo, so while he is often considered a pure striker, he is no slouch on the ground.

    As I have said before, I give the edge to AS–but it is not completely unlikely for Belfort to win–standing or on the ground.

    Those of you who believe it is a sure thing can put down $265 to earn a certain $100.

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    MMA ADDICT

    February 3, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Anderson looks awesome training for his fight

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    Stiks

    February 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

    1. Who said this fight shouldn’t be happening? Anyone? No. My point was they’re rumors, ergo may or may not be true. I never stated whether I believe it myself, so stop assuming anything.

    2. Again, you’re assuming shit about me. I never said anything about the fight not happening. I simply stated that Anderson has talked about retiring.

    3. Yes, crack I’m smoking it right now. How clever of you to say that about people you think may or may not disagree with you.

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