Most UFC fans had their first presentation of Anderson "The Spider" Silva when he knocked out Chris Leben upon UFC's Ultimate Fight Night in June of 2006. Andrew d Leben was, and uses, considered a durable striker with a decent great chin. Leben came straight using Silva and paid the when Silva landed a lot of different crisp punches, followed applying a devastating knee to Leben's top of the head.
The victory was so devastating in this case one sided that Ufc president dana white immediately gave Silva a trial at Rich Franklin's middleweight buckle. I think most UFC fans considered that even with a conclusive victory over Leben of which Franklin's experience and strength should really be enough to counter Silva's outright striking ability.
Most UFC fans would have been incorrect. Silva's work those that clinch was unbelievable. He literally held the rear of Franklin's head for 2 minutes while he repeatedly kneed Franklin to some other body. When Franklin decided to protect his now bruised body, Silva went to the head landing a lot of different hard knees. It was those knees which broke Franklin's nose and won Silva the war.
So, now Anderson Silva must face Ufc's ultimate figher season 4 winner Travis Lutter last month 3rd, 2007. Even though he flew the champion and a particularly regarded contender, some people still need their doubts. Unlike this site has UFC fans, I also have insured the Pride organization in the beginning .. The first time WE took notice of Anderson Silva was while he brought Carlos Newton to the floor with a flying knee, not unlike the one given to Leben. At the point, Carlos Newton was thought to be the best quality fighters in the ethnic heritage. That was 2003.
Anderson Silva is no newcomer to Training for mma, he is a professional's. He's beaten people standing up and among the bushes. He is deceptively strong and only word to description his striking is "amazing". I remember when i saw him knock out an accomplice with an uppercut elbow. Just try that wellbeing ask yourself this, easiest way get close enough in an guy to throw that and how throw it hard enough to knock the other fighter out. Amazing!
On the other hand Travis Lutter is good quality submission specialist, but who's going to be he submitted? He certainly defeated Patrick Cote easily towards Ultimate Fighter Final. But apart from that, his victories don't come over superior quality guys. You could believe his victory over Marvin Eastman, who is facing Rampage Jackson for a passing fancy card, was against a superior guy. However, I would argue in which Marvin Eastman also has not won a big fight ultimately. At least not facing UFC level competition.
I believe that Anderson Silva will emerge from this one with every victory. He has holes during his game, but it usually takes a newly motivated Rich Franklin to exploit this situation. I don't think Travis Lutter is about..