In their second meeting, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre put on arguably the most impressive performances of their careers. This rivalry was one that oozed tension throughout the entire affair, and this match did not disappoint in any way. This fight also served as the first appearance of former heavyweight champion and current lightweight champ, Junior Dos Santos. Both men tested each other’s will, and in the end it was Silva who emerged the victor.
The first significant point of this fight came when dos Santos threw a right straight kick to Silva’s head, after landing several punches on the ground. This kick was legal according to the rules of MMA according to the United States, and Silva accepted it without any trouble. But Dos Santos wasn’t done there, he then launched a series of right hooks, left crosses, and uppercuts all over Silva’s body. All of which were within the legal limits of MMA. When the bout was finally over, many called it a victory for dos Santos because he was able to withstand the pressure of Silva’s skilled strikes.
The second encounter saw Silva take on a much more skilled opponent, however, in Anderson Silva. This time, dos Santos tried to strike with everything he had at Silva, and he nearly had it. He connected with a few shots in the opening moments, but eventually Silva controlled dos Santos throughout the entire fight. Eventually though, the Brazilian fighter was tapped out, and this ended the fight. After the match, many MMA fans were amazed with how well decorated Silva was for a fighter with just an amateur record.
The next encounter would see another heavy hitter facing off against the great striker, but this time it would be Fedor who stepped out to fight. Fedor went all out, and he had Silva completely worried throughout the fight. Both fighters traded knees and elbows throughout the entire match, until finally Silva was defeated. This was Silva’s first loss under the UFC rules, and he became a member of the promotion after his win over dos Santos. Many people thought this would be a devastating blow to him, but he was able to get back on track by defeating Kimo Leopoldo for another shot at the light heavyweight title.
After this impressive performance, the next light heavyweight champion was going up against Jon Jones. People expected this fight to be a war between two evenly skilled fighters, but it didn’t come that way at all. Jon Jones seemed like he was trying to trap Fedor, and when the fight did go to the ground, it took just fifteen seconds for the two fighters to get stood up and ready to begin a grudge match. This fight became a classic in the UFC history books.
The next fight that the UFC put on was a battle between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Silva is considered to be one of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, and he was hoping to prove it against the much smaller and much bigger man, Georges St-Pierre. They got into a classic match where it appeared as if Silva would take the fight to him, but in the end, it was St-Pierre who ultimately came out on top. This fight put the light heavyweight title on the line once again, and the winner was the former titleholder. This show was easily one of the most hyped bouts in the company’s history.
It was expected that a light heavyweight title fight between the two heavyweights would receive the largest audience. The match itself was a great spectacle, and it ended with Silva getting the better of GSP. After the fight, both men gave a speech to the assembled media regarding their fight, and they both agreed that they were indeed the better fighter. After the fight, Silva was asked about the length of his win over GSP, and he said that he wasn’t even concerned about winning or losing. He was only concerned with putting on a good show for the fans.
This fight seemed like it was going to receive a big crowd when it was first announced, but it didn’t. It lost a lot of viewers right away. It was one of the biggest letdowns in UFC history, and it turned out just how badly people wanted the fight. Even though Silva and GSP are two of the biggest stars in the company, they were not able to attract a huge crowd to watch their fight. This disappointed a lot of people, and they weren’t interested in watching what these two guys had to offer. People seemed to forget about this fight because they weren’t interested.