UFC 237 Squared Up: Silva vs Cannonier Co-Main Event Breakdown

Jason Paglia

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:20 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 8, 2019 7:20 PM UTC

The Middleweight division takes center stage Saturday night at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil for the co-main event of UFC: 237

<p>In said Co-main event a legitimate legend and the #14th ranked middleweight fighter in the world, <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/fighting/int/ultimate-fighting-championship/anderson-silva-vs-jared-cannonier-3787623/?mtid=126" target="_blank">Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva takes on the #10th ranked middleweight in the world Jared Cannonier</a>. I wish I could say this fight wasn’t happening, but I am not the matchmaker for the biggest MMA promotion in the world, Sean Shelby is. At 44 years of age it’s sad to see one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time slowly wither away to dust in front of our eyes but, these are the matches they give us so these are the fights we must break down. Let’s get after it.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt src="https://media.philstar.com/photos/2019/02/05/health2_2019-02-05_01-25-53.jpg" style="width:800px;height:600px;" /></p><p>Anderson Silva: Known as ‘The Spider’, Anderson Silva in my eyes anyway, is one of the four greatest MMA fighters of all time. A native son of Brazil, he is responsible for the most dominant title reign in the history of the UFC and possibly MMA as a whole. He was the UFC middleweight champion for 2,457 consecutive days from 2006 – 2013. It wasn’t until Chris Weidman snapped the streak and Silva’s mystique at UFC: 162 that he finally relinquished the middleweight strap. Since losing the title Silva has only won 1 of his last 6 fights.</p><p> </p><div><h2>― STATS ―</h2><div><table border="2" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="width:500px;"> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col">Method of Victory</th> <th scope="col">Significant Strikes</th> <th scope="col">Takedowns</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>22 Wins by TKO</td> <td>3.10 Landed</td> <td>77% Accuracy</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8 Wins by Decision</td> <td>1.87 Absorbed</td> <td>69% Defended</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4 Wins by Submission</td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody></table></div><h2>― PROS ―</h2><ul> <li>Striking (We can only judge these PROS and CONS for this fight, in 2019. That being said Silva is still dangerous. He might only be 1/8th of what he once was but, if Cannonier isn’t cautious Silva can still catch him sleeping. I feel it’s only right to say that this man in his prime, was the deadliest striker on the planet for a solid decade.)</li></ul><ul> <li>Fight IQ (Anderson Silva has seen it all and done it all. If there is one fighter in the UFC today that would be surprised by nothing and have an answer for everything it is him. Unfortunately, the body goes long before the mind.)</li></ul><ul> <li>Range/Defense ( Silva might be slow as s**t now, but he is still and always will be the master of range. His defense is legendary. He was a blur and unhittable for a decade but, he has slowed down. Surprisingly and why he is still fighting at the age of 44, he has taken minimal damage in the Octagon. Even in his fight against the Stylebender, Adesanya still had some trouble putting a glove on him early, I would expect the same thing here for Cannonier.</li></ul><div> </div><h2>― CONS ―</h2><ul> <li>Father Time (Silva is 44 years old and about to fight the #10th ranked middleweight fighter in the world. I have trouble getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom at the age of 38. Put that into perspective.)</li></ul><ul> <li>Speed (Silva is 44 years old and about to fight the #10th ranked middleweight fighter in the world. I have trouble getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom at the age of 38. Put that into perspective.)</li></ul><ul> <li>Stamina (Silva is 44 years old and about to fight the #10th ranked middleweight fighter in the world. I have trouble getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom at the age of 38. Put that into perspective.)</li></ul><ul> <li>Chin ( YOU GET THE POINT!!!!!!)</li></ul><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt src="https://usatmmajunkie.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/jared-cannonier-tuf-24-finale-ceremonial.jpg?w=1000&amp;h=600&amp;crop=1" style="width:800px;height:480px;" /></p><p>Jared Cannonier has dropped to weight classes since entering the UFC. He started at heavyweight then dropped to light heavyweight and it appears has finally found a home at 185 lbs. Now he sits as the 10th ranked middleweight fighter in the world. Does he deserve to be ranked that high? I’m not sure, maybe but the fact remains that he is. If you count his time on the TUF show he sits at 4-4 in his eight fights in the UFC which isn’t great but three of those losses came from above average competition. His losses against Texeira, Blachowicz and Reyes</p><p>are not bad losses (if you consider a loss can be good). He looked very impressive in his win over David Branch. He was able to drop him and once he smelled blood he was able to finish him with GnP. Now Cannonier has been give the opportunity to fight an aging legend. Israel Adesanya was give the same chance and was able to take advantage of it. It’s Jared Cannonier’s chance now, what he does with it is up to him. Lets take a look at Jared Cannonier by the statistics.</p><p> </p><h2>― STATS ―</h2><div><table border="2" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" style="width:500px;"> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col">Method of Victory</th> <th scope="col">Significant Strikes</th> <th scope="col">Takedowns</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td>6 Wins by TKO</td> <td>3.63 Landed</td> <td>33% Accuracy</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2 Wins by Decision</td> <td>2.83 Absorbed</td> <td>44% Defended</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3 Wins by Submission</td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody></table><div> </div><div> </div></div><h2>― PROS ―</h2><ul> <li>Boxing (While Cannonier lacks technicality more often then not, his boxing in the pocket is strong and that should suit him well against a 44-year-old striker that is slowing down considerably, even if it is Anderson Silva.)</li></ul><div> </div><ul> <li>Athleticism (Everything that we have seen out of Cannonier so far in his MMA career is that he has cardio for days. Again that should suit him well against a 44-year-old fighter that has slowed down considerably…… is everyone feeling the vibe of this fight yet? Lol???)</li></ul><div> </div><ul> <li>Chin (With the exception of the Dominick Reyes fight, Jared Cannonier has been shown to have a chin of granite. I think he should fare well against whatever power that Silva has left in the first round of this fight. After that, I don’t think it will matter what Silva throws because his stamina and in turn his power should drop significantly.)</li></ul><div> </div><h2>― CONS ―</h2><ul> <li>Technique (While Cannonier’s boxing is a strength in the pocket [inside the range of fighters], his striking at range leaves a lot to be desired. He doesn’t cut angles very well and his counterstriking game suffers from distance because of it.)</li></ul><div> </div><ul> <li>Takedown Defense (For a fighter that is ranked 10th in the world, his takedown defense is nothing short of abysmal. If Anderson Silva wasn’t so used to striking people to death in the octagon his best path to victory should be taking Cannonier down and grinding him out for three rounds on the mat. The problem is, mentally Silva isn’t used to doing that and I wouldn’t expect him to do it here.)</li></ul><div> </div><ul> <li>Ground Game (While Cannonier oes have three submissions in his MMA career, none of his wins or losses have come by way of submission in the UFC. Of his 4 wins in the UFC all have come by either TKO or decision. He has shown to be no rolling (BJJ) threat in the UFC, unless it is traditional ground and pound. No wrestling background to speak of either.)</li></ul><p> </p><h2>THE VERDICT</h2><p>At the end of the day this fight comes down to one thing, Anderson Silva being 44 years old. We are talking about a guy that some consider the greatest MMA fighter in the history of the sport. Well that guy got kicked in the d**k by father time and has won 1 fight since 2013. Let me say that again, HE HAS WON 1 FIGHT SINCE 2013. Now the argument from people that may think he has what it takes to win this fight is this, he lost to Weidman 2x, Cormier, Bisping and Adesanya. That’s a fair point, he has fought high caliber opponents. They would argue that this fight has been his best chance at getting back in the win column in a long time and, they would argue that Cannonier is a weak fighter for being ranked the 10th middleweight fighter in the world. I completely agree on all those points, but I still think Cannonier is a good enough athlete to out work Silva, a powerful enough striker to (possibly) knock him out, and a smart enough fighter not to get caught sleeping.</p><p>Cannonier has looked like a legitimate prospect in every fight except the Reyes fight and Reyes looks like a future title contender for Jon Jones at light heavyweight. Silva doesn’t have the power that Reyes does. If Silva goes against everything that he stands for and takes Cannonier down to the mat, he has a potential path to victory, but we all know Silva won’t do that. Short of that, he is going to have to catch Cannonier with a punch and drop him. I am willing to bet that doesn’t happen. Cannonier has a solid chin and he should outwork Silva to win rounds if this goes a full three. It feels dirty to pick Cannonier against one of the greatest human beings to walk in an Octagon but at 44 years of age I have no choice. Damn you Sean Shelby for making me break this fight down and picking against ‘The Spider’. Unfortunately… LAY IT.</p><h2> </h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">THE PICK</h2><p style="text-align:center;">Jared Cannonier to win at 4/7 (1.57) <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4558&amp;book=Bet365" target="_blank">at Bet365</a></p></div>
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