Silva vs Belfort Pre-fight Breakdown
Just a couple of days before the big fight, experts from varying disciplines made a pre-fight breakdown for Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Who's going to have the biggest advantage at UFC 126?
While fans are busy predicting who’s going to win in the upcoming UFC 126 this Saturday, five coaches of different modalities evaluate both Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Who between the two middleweight fighters will come out as the experts’ favorites? Check out the coaches’ pre-fight breakdown below.
1. André Pederneiras (Jiu-Jitsu)
“Both are black belts. Anderson proved on his last fight he’s pretty good, applied a great submission… Being beaten up like that on the first round and managing to submit the guy that way… I can’t say anything about his Jiu-Jitsu. If anyone, once in their lives, thought Anderson wasn’t a black belt, that’s been proven now. Anderson has a great coach, Ramon Lemos, and for me he has an advantage on the ground. It’s not that Vitor ain’t good, but Vitor has decided most of his fights standing, and I believe he has been dedicated himself to the trade of punches more, and Anderson has intensified his ground game. I’ll say Anderson has a slight vantage on the ground.”
Advantage: Anderson Silva
2. Artur Mariano (Muay Thai)
“When it comes to Muay Thai, without no doubts, Anderson is better. Vitor is much talented while standing, but Anderson Silva’s technique is much more complete: the clinch part, the bang… Vitor is a good Muay Thai fighter, but Anderson is better. Vitor is an explosive athlete with his legs and knees, but Anderson’s got the advantage.”
Advantage: Anderson Silva
3. Rafael Alejarra (Physical Trainer)
“Anderson has been defending his belt for a long time and fighting five rounds. I think Anderson has a great conditioning, he’s been doing a great job with Camões. I have friends who had the chance of working with Vitor and they’ve told me he’s an explosive guy, he has great genes. He was a rocket when he was 19 and he grew up very fast, but it’s been a while since Vitor hasn’t fought… And he’s on a lighter division.
Anderson’s conditioning has been tougher than Vitor, but I think it’ll be interesting. The first and second rounds match Vitor’s muscle explosion. As the fight gets longer, the advantage changes sides.”
4. Cláudio Coelho (Boxing)
“Anderson’s boxing is not Professional but it sure ain’t amateur.
He’s a guy who knows how to bang, but he has a way of punching that can be bad even for a boxer. He uses his boxing skills along with others, he kicks, he keeps his distance because of his long arms. I see him getting disturbed by his boxing, unlike Vitor, who has his boxing as a professional skill. Vitor doesn’t do many things, he plays on his guard, and he’s more serious when it comes to Boxing posture. Because of the fact Vitor is left-handed, it’ll obligates Anderson not to play with him. He can play with any other guy and let go his guard, but he can’t do such thing with a left-handed and have tight and adjusted coups. That’ll bring much responsibility to Anderson, and he won’t try to play with Vitor.”
Advantage: Vitor Belfort
5. Beto Leitão (Wrestling)
“For having more knowledges and for being more explosive, I believe Vitor has many advantages on his attack, because that stuff counts a lot. But Anderson has many factors in favor of his defense, like the fact he’s taller and has a good posture and long arms. He does a great sprawl, he can defend his legs with his arms. I think it’ll be a tied fight on that aspect. Vitor will try the takedown, but Anderson will defend himself. I doubt that Anderson can take Vitor down.”
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