Why I’ll Be Cheering for Bisping over Silva

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It’s been a long road to haul for Anderson Silva lately. What with him turning 40, having not won a fight at middleweight in nearly 4 years, (yup he hasn’t won a fight since July 2012 at middleweight) and having broken his leg and so forth. But he’ll come back right? He’s the legend? The greatest?

I am cheering for Michael “the count” Bisping in this fight folks. I am a biased mma fan, who loves most Brazilian fighters, who has a Brazilian wife and lived in Brazil for quite a while. I train BJJ, (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu for those of you without an MMA IQ) and have always supported “the boys of chute boxe” and “the boys of Pride”, but not this time.

I can’t. You see the reason is simple for me. The two men squaring off in the Octagon this Saturday, February 27th at UFC Fight Night 84, have both been UFC Fighters for the exact same amount of time, give 4 days. Michael Bisping’s debut came at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Ortiz vs. Team Shamrock Finale, June 24th, 2006, and 4 days later, at UFC Fight Night 5, Anderson Silva crashed into the UFC by knocking out Chris Leben.

Bisping was 11-0, and Silva came into the UFC with an 18-4 record. Bisping was seemingly destined for greatness after winning his debut and subsequent bouts, and Silva, was an overnight success earning an immediate title shot after besting Leben.

Both fighters went on a tear through the light-heavyweight and middle-weight divisions. Then came the losses. Not for Anderson, he was too busy beating huge named opponents like Travis Lutter, and James Irvin, (really?) while Bisping was also beating fighters such as Leben, he was fighting guys like Rashad Evans, (also his first loss). Rashad would be a challenge for anyone, as a former champ, and especially in his prime, but he comes from the Dan Severn camp, which was notorious for PED abuse, and his camp, Blackzillians have had THREE high profile fighters pop red for PED use in the past. Just sayin’, where there’s smoke, there is fire.

The next loss for Bisping came against Dan Henderson, then Wanderlei Silva. See the pattern? Both legends  from Pride FC, both are known for PED use or fled PED testing. Bisping’s next two losses came against the UFC’s two most notorious steroid users in Chael Sonnen, and then Vitor Belfort, (or TRT Vitor as Joe Rogan liked to say). In the Belfort fight, Bisping was clearly fighting a man abusing PED’s and was permanently disfigured in that fight after getting knocked out. Vitors flagrant abuse of steroids and the UFC attempting to seemingly cover it up for him or give him fights in Brazil where testing is either predictable or less strict made me and other hardcore fans sick.

His final two losses were against Luke Rockhold, the current champ, and Tim Kennedy, (who hasn’t won a fight since the Bisping fight and hasn’t fought since the new UFC Drug Testing became policy).

All of this happening while people are making fun of Bisping for his loudmouth taunts, and quirky English mannerisms, calling him arrogant and so forth.

This Saturday Bisping will fight yet ANOTHER UFC fighter who has tested positive for steroid abuse, in Anderson Silva. I know the excuses, “he broke his leg”, or “he only used one time”. Bull. The man flatly denied this very week that he ever put any PED’s in his body. Period. Never. We know from NSAC hearings that he popped BEFORE his fight and was dirty AFTER his fight with Diaz. In that fight he couldn’t beat a welter-weight Nick Diaz, who was outweighed by 15 pounds, while he, Anderson Silva had steroids in his system. This shameful denial is part of my indignation against Silva and all PED users. I lost a lot of respect for him. I have very little for Wanderlei since 2014, and none for Vitor Belfort. None.

I think the new PED policy is going to be great and terrible for MMA. The reason is we will finally see who are the best, natural fighters in the UFC. There will be a lot of money lost because of the testing, and fighters getting caught.

I think now is the prime time for BJ Penn to come back, never-mind the naysayers because he just might win a belt again since he’s not fighting over-sized Welterweights who were probably all pumped up on HGH and EPO while using I.V.’s to re-hydrate.

I think Bisping will come in Saturday night, 80 UFC fight nights later, after the rise of “Ando” and I really do believe the count will beat Anderson Silva by unanimous decision. I have to say, it’ll be a sweet victory for a man who has played fair, and never cheated in his career to finally get the chance to send Silva off into the sunset. Perhaps after besting Silva, and having three wins in a row against top competition, Bisping will finally get the title shot many believed he earned back in 2011, and perhaps he’ll get the respect he’s been chasing for the past 10 years.

Bellator wants Wanderlei; Rizin trying to make FEDOR VS WAND!

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If you haven’t heard, well, then here’s the news, that Wanderlei Silva is no longer employed or being kept under contract by the UFC. The only hold-up to him fighting again post-retirement should he choose to do that is the NSAC constantly putting off a re-hearing that would most likely free him up to fight this year, since he’s been banned from fighting since September of 2014 and the longest ban in UFC history to date has only been 2 years even though they’ve revamped their policy to raise the bans on fighters substantially. Most likely the NSAC gives Wand a fine closer to $40,000.00 and a two year ban, which would free him up to fight this September.

Bellator’s Scott Coker has voiced interest in signing Wand recently as he discussed Wand’s future on the MMA Hour last week.

RIZIN founder Nobuyuki Sakakibara has shown interest in Wanderlei Silva fighting Fedor Emelianenko because of the Brazilian’s history fighting in Japan as the former PRIDE FC champion, as well as Fedors. He plans to visit the United States soon to negotiate with Silva about his potential future with the new promotion.

With Wanderlei Silva’s THIRD hearing postponement set to expire and his official re-hearing set to take place in two days, (February 17th) lets hope the NSAC end’s this nonsense lifetime ban so we can see Wand cornering his fighters and possibly fighting again.

 

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Shogun Won at UFC 190 But He’s DONE

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Most people who’ve frequented this and our former site at MMAHQ know that I am a Pride fan boy, defender, and apologist, and most times will stand by the corners of all former Pride fighters, especially those from Chuteboxe, Nova Union, along with Fedor, and Hunt.

I have to draw a line in the sand with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He’s been wobbled or knocked out in every fight for two years and I fear that his wars with Hendo have done him in. Specifically shots to the back of the head.

If you’ll notice, he’s taken MASSIVE punishment over the years and direct to the chin for the most part in Pride and UFC without a problem. The man had/has a chin of granite and is known for being able to take head shots, chin shots, and beatings without batting an eye, only to return fire and win with heart and toughness. This is not the case anymore.

Here’s the twist. I don’t think Shogun’s chin, or light switch is that bad at this point, it’s the BACK of the head shots that he took from Hendo in the second fight that have done him in. If you’ll notice, in the first fight with Henderson, when he took heavy fire to the chin and head his defense as is with most instances is to grab a single leg, and shift to a ground position in order to defend the chin or “bury” it, and work a ju-jitsu angle to recover. This worked great in his first fight with Hendo, and helped him survive the first two rounds over and over while recovering. In the SECOND fight with Hendo did drop Shogun with a face punch, (not uncommon) but Shogun managed the single leg recovery attempt,  however in this fight, Dan got visibly frustrated trying to hit Shogun in the sides of the head, (where shots are actually legal) and just went on a back of the head rampage of punishment until Shogun went limp. These shots were ILLEGAL but as Hendo probably saw that no referee in any of Vitor Belforts fights have enforced the rule while he used it to KO several opponents, Hendo probably figured what the heck and went for it. His probably theory proved correct as no ref enforced the rules and Hendo was given a clean KO victory over Shogun even though it was done with illegal strikes.

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The next fight Shogun was in he was again grazed on the back of the head and it was lights out and queer street for him. Saturday night at UFC 190, no chin shots could finish the great legend from Chuteboxe, but one glancing hook off the back of Shogun’s head while ducking in and out nearly put him down again for a KO.

The shots that are wobbling Shogun to the back of the head are hitting his brain stem, and all replays show that clearly. When you have a guy like Hendo with the power he has hammering down five or six times to the brainstem of another person who’s head is positioned against a firm canvas, the long term effects to the brain stem and even the hair-like cells that are embedded in the jelly-like cupula can get damaged along with the utricle and saccule organs that are responsible for detecting linear acceleration, or movement in a straight line.

I have had this happen before, from back of the head shots and it can take YEARS to heal.  My friend who is a doctor, diagnosed the issue, and has stated off the record, he thinks Shogun is in the same bad spot now. If Shogun’s opponents continue to hit the back of the head, this will continue to cause instant concussions, which will wobble and gas him instantly if not knock him out. One of the signs of this type of concussion is an almost INSTANT fatigue, or as we say in mma, gassing. Which is why I think he should retire or at least step out of a cage for two years and re-think the fight game and the long term damage it’s causing him.

The last time the headshot rules were enforced in a UFC fight was when Jon Jones was disqualified for doing a different but non-the-less dirty head shot tactic to an already beaten down Matt Hamill at the UFC’s TUF 10 finale. Afterwards and for years following, UFC President Dana White actually CRITICISED the ref for enforcing the rules and disqualifying Jones, mentioning that it was a bad call and that it can effect and hurt a fighters long term legacy, (because now Jones wasn’t “perfect” in record).

Until the refs start getting tough on these sorts of shots, even if it upsets Dana White and co, I don’t see a reason for fighters to engage bob and weave firefights that could end their careers, and furthermore I believe this sort of nonsense has probably ended the career of Mauricio Shogun Rua and most likely effected the win/loss record of “TRT” Vitor Belfort.

Rampage Jackson called out Shogun on twitter following Shogun’s scrape by win at UFC 190, and it’s this fan’s opinion that Shogun take this victory and ride off rather than engaging Quinton Jackson in another fight. If they engage, it’s my fear the Jackson’s punches, could end the fight much like what happened to Wanderlei Silva, thus Jackson get’s the final victory over both of his old Chuteboxe rivals, not because he’s better, but because he’s less damaged.

Dansette