Their rematch was over five years in the making, but it took middleweight king Anderson Silva all of seven minutes and four seconds to avenge his controversial disqualification loss to Yushin Okami on Saturday night at UFC 134.
“The Spider” used the opening stanza to feel out Okami, but came out like a house on fire in the next round. He let the Japanese star back up after dropping him with a flash right.
That’s when the baddest 185-pounder in bare feet seemed to find his comfort zone. Silva proceeded to hang his hands in an attempt to goad his opponent into a shootout.
He then floored Okami again with a right, but followed him to the mat this time. His ground attack was more methodical than vicious, but lethal enough for referee Herb Dean to pull him off Okami at the 2:04 mark in the 2ndRound.
After collecting his ninth successful middleweight title defense, the 36-year-old suggested his most formidable opponent might be his own “clone.”
UFC 134 took place inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.