Okami vs. Silva from ROTR 2006

Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami at Rumble on the Rock in 2006

“I am the greatest”
~ Muhammed Ali

It’s a real gift to watch a great athlete in their prime.

Basketball fans remember Michael Jordan’s step back move on Byron Russell during the 1998 NBA finals. Baseball purists can remember Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hit streak. Boxing fans reveled in watching Muhammed Ali’s brilliance every time he stepped foot in the ring.

For MMA fans, there may not be a better time than watching Anderson Silva go out and prove not only why he is the best fighter in the world right now, but quite possibly the greatest we’ve ever seen.

Silva once again showed why he receives so much adoration and praise by going out and putting away Yushin Okami in the 2nd round in the main event of UFC 134 in Rio.

During the early part of the fight, Silva was keeping his distance and waiting to see what Okami was going to do. UFC commentator Kenny Florian noted that Silva is like a computer, analyzing his opponent’s every move and then finding the best way to strike.

A better analogy might be that Silva is the real life incarnation of the Terminator.

After watching Okami’s movement throughout the first round, Silva got put into the clinch from the Japanese fighter, but as the seconds ticked away his confidence had to go through the roof. See, Okami’s takedowns are almost always from the clinch, but Silva had no problem staying standing, and keeping him away.

In the 2nd round, with all the data he needed to pick his opponent apart, Silva started his attack. A jab from Silva dropped Okami to the mat, but the Brazilian didn’t see the right opening and allowed him to get back to his feet.

It was in the next exchange on the feet where Silva popped Okami with a quick, short right hand and he was down on the canvas again. This time like a spider going for the kill, Silva unleashed his venom on Okami

Punches reigned down on Okami and Silva even unloaded a big knee to the body. Silva’s unrelenting attack didn’t stop until referee Herb Dean saw enough and stepped in to stop the assault.

“I train hard for the best guys in the world,” Silva said following his UFC record 9th consecutive title defense. “I trained hard. I trained to fight. I’m so happy.”

Once again Anderson Silva has shown why he is the UFC’s best and an absolute monster against the best fighters in the world. The Brazilian has now finished 12 of his 14 opponents in the UFC. 10 of those finishes have come within two rounds.

While the sport of MMA is still very young, the reign of Anderson Silva is something that will always be remembered. On Saturday night, the legend only grew stronger.

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