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The ‘UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami’ Extended Video Preview — And What It All Means

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On August 27th, the UFC returns to Brazil for the first time since 1998, featuring a middleweight title fight — Anderson Silva gunning for his ninth belt-defense against Yushin Okami — and a collection of native fighters representing the sport’s past, present, and future. Watching the UFC 134 trailer, it’s clear that there are a lot of storylines swirling around the event that will add even more drama to the already-stacked lineup. So let’s run ‘em down, shall we?

Everybody loves a good rematch: Anderson Silva’s last official loss was due to a subtle rule in MMA that states you can’t kick a downed fighter in the head — even if that fighter is on top of you. Silva has always felt that Okami took the easy way out during their first meeting in January 2006, and UFC 134′s main event is his chance to set the record straight. If not for that oddball disqualification, Silva’s undefeated streak would extend all the way back to his freakish PRIDE loss to Ryo Chonan, six and a half years ago.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Rua will have a chance to even the score against Forrest Griffin, who choked him out in shocking fashion during Shogun’s UFC debut in 2007. Since that night, both men have won the light-heavyweight title and lost it. With consecutive wins over Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin is still very much a player at 205 — and Rua is coming off of the most lopsided beating he’s ever suffered in his entire career. Does Shogun deserve to be the favorite again? Will the story have a different ending on his home turf?

Brazil vs. The World: Good Lord, look at all those green flags…

Big Nog puts it best — “That’s gonna be insane, you know? I feel sorry for the guys who’s coming to fight in Brazil. Because people gonna boo dem!” Besides the legendary names (Silva, Rua, Nogueira), the Rio crowd will be marking out for fast-rising contender Edson Barboza, the collection of familiar UFC vets (Thiago, Cane, Palhares), and local heroes crossing over from the Jungle Fight promotion (Alcantara, E. Silva). The vibe at the HSBC Arena will be overwhelming.

A passing of the torch? Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira represents a collision of the UFC’s past and future that’s reminiscent of Royce Gracie and Matt Hughes‘s meeting back in 2006. In recent fights, Schaub has made his name by abusing fighters in decline (Cro Cop, Gabriel Gonzaga), and it’s hard to deny that Big Nog has lost a step as of late. Once known for his iron chin, he’s lost two of his last three bouts by KO/TKO. A bad loss to Schaub could be a retirement-worthy moment. For Schaub, it would secure his reputation as a legend-killer.

Bare asses: As the quick ass-montage at the beginning of the UFC 134 trailer reminds us, the bunda is the national symbol of Rio, even more so than the giant Jesus statue. And it’s considered impolite if you don’t stare. This girl knows what I’m talking about.


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Todd M- August 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm
Cant wait, in the vid Dana pointed out Okamis clinch game, I think it's always dangerous to clinch with Silva. Also I know Yushins a wrestler but he doesn't have a Chael or GSP style shot/takedown, he usually relys on clinch work. Okamis stand up is also pretty stiff IMO. My summation Silva KO by something spectacular. The other fights are really close to call but I'm liking Shogun and Nogueira, Basically WAR PRIDE
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm
glza Says,

That was the worst spanking of all time. I hope he's over that humiliation from Anderson.

OK, then it looks like I've backed my ass into a corner and will stick with the ex law enforcement officer from Augusta, Georgia.
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm
@Get Off Me Says

Oh no doubt he beat Randy, but it was a decision (and fight of the night) right on the heels of being KO'd by MirF (or is that smurf?)
I've respect both Big Nog and Randy, but if boxing and not in Portland, we could have called that fight the "Geezers from Caesar's."
OK, your on...I'll be taking the KO, vs your submission.
glza- August 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm
that'll be schaub's fight to lose and yeah, 99 times out of a 100 he'll lose it via sub against someone of nog's bjj caliber, but i think he fights smarter than that.

and yeah, XENOPHON, i'm a bit stumped by the rua-griffin fight, and i like both fighters, but shogun's on his home turf, and his last few outings have been against greater opponents than griffin's.

also, let's not forget that forrest will be around anderson at fighter meetings and the weigh-ins all weekend long, looking at the man who beat him in a most humiliating fashion... that's gotta do something to your psyche.
Get Off Me- August 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm
"it’s hard to deny that Big Nog has lost a step as of late"

If what you meant by "as of late" was that "Big Nog left it all out there when he fought and beat Couture back at 102" then I agree.
Big Nog may just pull this one out, don't forget who KO'd Big Nog now, not your everyday HW. I think Schaub gets caught in a sub.
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm
@the glza

Ok, I will fall in line with that bit of logic.
Schaub needs some growing-up to do and some time honing his skills with top talent. He has only been pushed out of the first round twice. Of those, he took all of three rounds to dispatch Crocop. I'm unsure of who was winning the fight prior to the 3rd round?
Minotauro on the other hand is about-now on borrowed time. He is coming off hip surgery, and prior to that he had to skip his title shot due to continuous bouts with staph infections. Starring in a movie called the Expendables, may just sum it up.
Here's another fight I am stumped on, and for someone else to call: Rua vs. Griffin
I have a bias for Griffin. boo-Rua on the other hand, was barely able to beat the aged Coleman only two years ago, and had not one counter to Jones arsenal of destruction.
the glza- August 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm
i would say it's gonna be a brazilian sweep, but schaub is just too strong and fast -- i don't think minotauro has what it takes to stop him.
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

Okami is far from being just a flub fight (like Maia) but there is one marked fact that's hard to shake.
Sonnen defeated Okami via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
These scores where identical to those of Sonnen during the first 24 minutes of the Anderson demonstration.
Without substantial improvements to striking and ground game Okami may find he gets a ticket back to the 5th or 6th spot real fast.
That's just my take. And if this happens to be the case, I would love to see Okami break Bisping in half.
J-Dog- August 16, 2011 at 8:52 am
Is it really considered impolite if you don't stare at the bunda? Damn, I really need to go to Brazil!
RwilsonR- August 16, 2011 at 8:43 am
Don't worry Skeletor, you'll get to see the Palhares fight. It will be televised as soon as Hoos breaks Miller's leg from the rest of his body and runs to his corner to hand it to Bustamante as a souvenir.
skeletor- August 16, 2011 at 8:12 am
I would rather see Palhares v Miller on the main card in place of Pearson v Barboza
KarmaAteMyCat- August 16, 2011 at 7:59 am
I don't think you can count Okami out I just don't think its ever safe to bet against Anderson.. At least not large sums of money, he'll triangle armbar you out of that hard earned cash... Oh man I'm punny.
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 7:52 am
I have a gut feeling the second Miller brother (Dan) is going to get his ass handed to him by Phalares.
XENOPHON- August 16, 2011 at 7:48 am
Is anyone putting money on Okami?