August 08, 2009
Anderson Silva is awesome when he wants to be. Even Roy Jones Jr., who was "scouting" Silva at the Wachovia Center, had to be proud. Jones used to toy with his opponents -- the butcher and deliverymen -- he faced throughout the '90s. Silva did the same with the former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin. Silva floored Griffin 1:54 into the fight, and from there Griffin looked tentative and slow. Silva was so confident that he started dropping his hands and mocking the much bigger Griffin. Griffin tried a lunging right-left combination, Silva deftly backed out of the way and knocked down the big guy with a right moving backward. Griffin fell to his back. He was done and the fight was stopped at the 3:23 mark. The always-emotional Griffin ran from the cage back to the locker room.
Silva needed a huge win after getting booed heavily in his last two fights at UFC 90 and UFC 97. Patrick Cote and Thales Leites refused to engage often with Silva in those fights, and he mocked them by dancing and avoiding any real damage. MMA fans are accustomed to fighters going for the kill, and Silva (25-4, 10-0 UFC) didn't do that. But he did it tonight, winning a record 10th straight UFC fight.
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