Even though Anderson Silva earned his 12th straight Octagon victory at UFC 1117 against Chael Sonnen, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture believes “The Spider” has created his own version of “Marty Ball,” a la Marty Schottenheimer.
“It appears to me that he’s been doing his best not to lose. Instead of doing what he did early on and competing to win, and taking guys out, he’s doing enough now to get by, be successful and keep winning,” Couture told MMAFighting.com.
The UFC Hall of Famer brings up an interesting point. If you break down Silva’s immaculate run in the Octagon, his first seven wins were stoppages in which he showed clear dominance over his opponents. However, outside of his beatdown of Forrest Griffin at UFC 101, his last five wins could be a sign of a impending disaster according to Couture.
“Eventually, that kind of fighting attitude will catch up with you,” Couture continued. “You have to kind of go out, risk it and lay it all on the line. That’s the way it is. I think Anderson has strayed away from that a little bit.”
He went on to say that Silva’s Hail Mary at UFC 117 had more to do with Sonnen’s in-your-face wrestling style than Silva’s inability to stay off his back, which is something he believes he’d do very well if he had an opportunity to face the world’s best middleweight.
“I’ve said a number of times when asked if I’d like to fight Anderson that that would be a great fight,” the former champion said.
The first order of business for Couture is an intriguing bout with boxing legend James Toney at UFC 118 on August 28th.