a blog by La Kifo
In the void that was left from the possible doping violation of Jon Jones, a new intriguing fight has emerged, Daniel Cormier v. Anderson Silva in a non-title fight.
At 7:30 pm, a few hours before the lightweight championship at UFC Fight Night on July 7th, Dana White and the UFC finalized a deal replacing Jon Jones with Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 200. Just as Dana White said Wednesday night, fighters were calling in to get a piece of the action on Saturday, Anderson Silva called about two hours after the late night press conference.
As it pertains to the match-up, Cormier v. Silva, I don't know what to think. Silva will frustrate Cormier standing up. Silva's defense, agility, and speed should give him the advantage while on their feet. Then when I look at the ground game, I want to give Cormier the advantage, but it is tricky. Silva is warrior on the ground, some of things I've seen him do to people is downright silly. He has long limbs that make a threat from most positions on the ground. Cormier is technician on the mat, he has great defense and intelligence from that position so we should see some an amazing ground war between the two.
As far as Fight Night Las Vegas went last night, the main event was nearly as crazy as the past couple days in the UFC. Rafael Dos Anjos looked great at the beginning of the round. He was putting pressure on Eddie Alvarez, giving him very little space to maneuver by pushing him close to the cage. Alvarez won by TKO at the end of the first round after a flurry of uppercuts and full tilt strikes to the dome of Dos Anjos.
Tomorrow is the The Ultimate Fighter finale. The main card and preliminaries will be on FS1 (that's free bitches). I'll give a little more insight on Fight Night later today. It's 1 AM and I'm tired, so I'm out.
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