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Belfort vs. Silva Could Very Well End Up Looking Like MMA’s Version of Tyson vs. Ali

(So if Vitor is Tyson and Anderson is Ali, who’s Don King?)

Yeah, we know "Iron" Mike and the boxing legend formerly known as Cassius Clay never fought, and we aren’t saying that Vitor and Anderson are anywhere near their level as boxers, but when you break down the pugilistic styles and look at some of the past fights of Belfort and Silva, it’s remarkable how similar they look to their boxing counterparts.

Whenever fans and pundits talk of the imminent match-up between Belfort and Silva, most give the boxing edge to Vitor based on the fact that he has professional boxing experience. The truth is, he really only fought once as a professional, but his win was so impressive it makes people forget that.

(Video courtesy YouTube NightcrawlerMMA)

Contrary to popular belief though, Belfort isn’t the only one of the two who has boxed professionally.

Silva, who like Andrei Arlovski and Georges St-Pierre, has spent some time with Freddie Roach honing his boxing chops, holds a 1-1 professional boxing record, meaning he actually has twice the experience of "The Phenom," yet he’s still rarely given the edge in the boxing department by analysts.

(Video courtesy YouTube/brianrule)

Although video of the fight doesn’t seem to exist, according to his record, "The Spider" lost his first bout in 1998 by second round TKO to Osmar Luiz Teixeira who was 11-2 at the time and won his second fight against the debuting Julio Cesar de Jesus in 2005 by second round knockout.

Check out the video of his second fight.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/BoxingCriticBlog)

It’s no surprise that Silva’s boxing style is very similar to Ali’s stick-and-move, jab-centric footwork-based technique, since he has demonstrated the same system countless times in the cage. Although he threw in some of the same cocky gamesmanship he’s shown glimpses of in MMA, his boxing was sound and his movement kept him out of harms way for most of the fight and sparring session above because he constantly circled and rarely planted his feet for more than one combination.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFCFightZone1)

The question is, how will his style mesh with Belfort’s Tyson-esque bum-rushing, power-based counter-punching style?

(Video courtesy of YouTube/zx636Ninja636xz)

We could either witness a five-round slugfest or a short, definitive TKO victory by either of these guys Saturday night. Regardless of which one we get, it has all the makings of a classic.  I don’t think it’s possible for this to be a boring fight, despite all of the armchair experts claiming that could end up being a 25-minute staring contest and I don’t see it going to the ground. Both fighters feel that their striking is superior and each will likely try to prove the other wrong.

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ArmFarmer- February 4, 2011 at 6:43 am
I wonder how much of Chael's success standing could be attributed to the fact that he's a dominant wrestler and Silva was so distracted by watching out for the takedown that it made it difficult to see the punches coming. He never knew if he was lunging in for a takedown or just to throw hands. I think that is why Chael did so well striking with Silva.
Joedirt- February 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm
I've been saying Silvas boxing is overrated for a long time. Both of them boxed cans.
Kimbos Bread- February 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Come on folks, we all know Silva is going to take this fight to the ground as soon as it happens. He's not an idiot you know.
tnbp- February 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm
I think that if Chael Sonnen could hit and wobble Silva (which he did), then if Vitor (who is much stronger and quicker than Sonnen) can tag him, we're going to have a new champ. Obviously Sonnen's wrestling is better than Vitor's, but if Vitor did somehow end up in Silva's guard, he'll do WAY more damage than Sonnen's active pitty-patting did and Vitor will better be able to defend against Silva's jits, as well.

Can't wait for Saturday night. I'm a believer in Vitor in this fight and I'd love to see him win it. I'm over Silva's generally disrespectful attitude (to both the fighters and the fans who pay for his "performances.") I have Jesus, bro, everyday, myself, and I'm pulling for Belfort. ;)
budsellers- February 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm
i agree with T.W.E... those old fights are meaningless. in the franklin fight, vitor waited for rich to engage him and it seemed that rich was egged on by the fans booing them. in any event, we know what happens when a challenger tries waiting for anderson silva to engage...

on the other hand, when a challenger tries to be aggressive with silva, most of the time silva ends up knocking his opponent out. when he doesn't get the ko, tko or verbal tap, he still never gets submitted or finished.
Kimbos Bread- February 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm
But then again it may not.
RwilsonR- February 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm
I think Vitor also had a pet pigeon named Julius as a kid, so I get where you're coming from with the comparison.
Fried Taco- February 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Whoa, check out the hot ring girl in the Anderson Silva boxing match! Boy would I like to see some MMA gloves on her!!!
TheWarsawExpress- February 3, 2011 at 11:27 am
...Vitor's relevent experience is a fight against Rich Franklin and Lindland. Everything else seems like ancient history, cans, or losses. That being said, isn't it just scary bad he destroys Wanderlei Silva ? Running at full speed and still landing accurate punches? If he can bring something like that he wins the fight.

On the other hand, I could see Silva throwing a jedi-like jab (similar to the one he knocked out Forrest Griffin with) and ending the fight as soon as Vitor tries to explode.

I think there is a high probability that this fight ends in a stunning KO.
Sudos KFC- February 3, 2011 at 11:16 am
if its really like ali vs. tyson on ea sports then my prediction is whomever is controlled by me is going to whoop the other one's ass.
LukeTheDuke- February 3, 2011 at 11:12 am
The dude that Vitor fought was RUBBISH, the dude that Anderson was sparring looked sloppy and tired. I wasn't at either event but I would have to give a conditioning edge and the advantage of putting combos together to Anderson, its a thin line though. Vitor definitely hits with more PPSi.
Sniffer-Piffits- February 3, 2011 at 11:07 am
I never knew that Anderson Silva boxed Marvin Eastman!
fxdfp- February 3, 2011 at 11:04 am
Great highlights from both fighters - my only question is this: why does Anderson get an kick a$$ soundtrack from Rage Against the Machine and Vitor's soundtrack is something you'd hear at a gay man's night club in West Hollywood?
Kimbo Lesnar- February 3, 2011 at 11:01 am
Hey 13th. Just so you all know. This is the 13th message
LexMcMahon- February 3, 2011 at 11:00 am
What if... Silva gets KTFO on Saturday? What if?
Sniffer-Piffits- February 3, 2011 at 10:52 am
I want nothing more than to see Silva convulsing like Linland on the cage floor.
Douchey McDoucherton- February 3, 2011 at 10:45 am
I'd say more like Tyson vs Jones Jr. I'm talking about the old Roy Jones Jr. that was talking about moving up in weight to fight the champs back in the day. Jones Jr and Silva are closer in style; flashy but punishing. Belfort throws that uppercut very similar to how Tyson did. On paper it should be a great fight, but i'm betting Belfort wilts after he gases or takes a knee in the clinch. That year and half layoff will show if it gets past the first. Hope I'm wrong though.
Stak40- February 3, 2011 at 10:40 am
I think Belfort is being hyped and is getting way too much credit. I know he has some stunning KO's but, does he really deserve all the hype he is getting? James Irvin has some stellar KO's too.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- February 3, 2011 at 10:39 am
I think for Silva you might want to look back a little further than Ali(although they both leave themselves open to counters when they jab) I would say Silva looks more like Jack Johnson imho. if you get the chance check out the footage
Art Gibs- February 3, 2011 at 10:30 am
Anyone else think that Vitor's boxing opponent was a total can? He looks really awkward when he comes out and barely throws a single punch that whole fight.
cecils_pupils- February 3, 2011 at 10:28 am
If Anderson knocks out Vitor and starts screaming "I AM THE GREATEST" he will have regained my respect as a fan. Just please don't dance Spider.... please don't dance.
LOKI- February 3, 2011 at 10:24 am
Its funny that Vitor is such a big fan of Jesus...who Anderson has already KO'd.

the chef- February 3, 2011 at 10:22 am
Fourth. Fourth right here. Just thought everyone would like to know
shitbag- February 3, 2011 at 10:17 am
Awesome article CP - thanks for the boxing fights of these guys, very interesting.

The cut to 185 is going to fuck Belfort. Silva 3rd rnd stoppage.
Sakuraba3900- February 3, 2011 at 10:13 am
oh... i got first too. nice.