Gone in 61 Seconds

Written by Tom Ngo
July 23rd, 2008

Anderson “The Spider” Silva once again showed the MMA world why he is at the top of the list when people talk about the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. In his first fight in the light heavyweight division for the UFC, it took Silva an entire  61 seconds to knock out James Irvin at Fight Night 14. Now, it is back to business in the middleweight division.

“This was my first time coming up here, it was a good experience, but my responsibility is to defend the 185-pound title,” Silva stated through his translator.

As a true competitor, Silva will now focus his attention to defending his title against Patrick Cote. The bout is rumored to be the main event at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta, Georgia. Initially, Silva was going to take on top contender, Yushin Okami, however Okami broke his hand in training. Okami was the last person to beat Silva two and a half years ago, however the loss was controversial as Silva was disqualified for an illegal head kick.

There were a  lot of questions regarding Silva’s move up to a heavier weight class, primarily how would he fair against the bigger and stronger fighters?

Well, it didn’t take long to find out. What makes it even more impressive is that the UFC didn’t just feed a ham to Silva either. Irvin is also known for his knockout power, as he set the UFC record for the fastest knockout when taking out Houston Alexander in just 8 seconds three months ago.

“I’m a Muay Thai fighter; I’ve been doing Muay Thai since I was a kid,” Silva said. “I didn’t step into the 205-pound category to disrespect any fighters. I’m here to do my job, but if you stand up and exchange Muay Thai with me, this is what happens [referring to Irvin’s knockout].

Another question that surrounds Silva’s move in weight class is whether he will be able to defend his title every 3-4 months. Silva addressed that issue about as quickly as he took care of Irvin.

“We always want to fight more, always being part of this family, the UFC,” Silva said.“He [UFC President Dana White] wanted to save me a little, but I’ve made this request to him, that he put me in a few more fights. He accepted.”

He accepted because Silva has this knack for making quick fights. The faster he ends them, the less of a chance that he gets hurt. Through seven UFC fights, no one has been able to take Silva past the 2ndRound. By stopping fights quickly, Silva has been able to avoid suffering any significant damage.

Although everyone in the MMA community may think that Silva is unbeatable, the humble champion is quick to deflect praise.

“I don’t think I am the best of the pound-for-pound like Dana White said,” Silva commented. “I don’t think I am the best in my division. I will only be able to say that to you when I quit fighting. Then I will be able to say that I was good at that, that in my time I was in my best form, in my weight and in my division. “

This just goes to show that when you truly are the best, you don’t need to say a word.  And, the Spider hasn’t spoken.

(Picture Courtesy of UFC.com)

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