Here’s the pre-fight video that will play just before tonight’s main event between UFC middleweight Anderson Silva and hard-hitting light heavyweight James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 14. It’s pretty much a compilation of various scenes from this week’s “Countdown” show all packaged into one two-minute clip. I have to admit - Although Fedor-Sylvia is the more intriguing and important bout this weekend, I’m a little more excited to see if Silva and Irvin will stand with each other.
Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Bad news for those who were craving a potential rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and top contender Yushin Okami later this year - it seems that Okami has suffered yet another broken hand that will keep him sidelined for an indefinite amount of time.
The news comes from our friend Ariel Helwani at MMARated.com, who reports that Okami suffered the injury during a recent training session. It’s unknown if the broken hand is the same one that Okami injured in his knockout win over former title holder Evan Tanner earlier this year.
Silva and Okami originally fought during the first-round of Rumble on the Rock’s star-filled middleweight tournament two years ago. In a fight that Silva dominated, he ended up being disqualified after illegally up-kicking Okami while he still had a knee on the canvas. Okami was knocked out and unable to continue, forcing Silva to make an early exit from the tourney.
Helwani also reports that since Okami may not be able to compete until the end of the year, UFC officials may matchup Silva against streaking Canadian veteran Patrick Cote at an event this fall, provided that Silva comes out of his light heavyweight contest against James Irvin this weekend relatively unscathed.
Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official-weigh in results for tomorrow night’s UFC Fight Night 14, (also being billed as UFC: Silva vs. Irvin) which will take place at The Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of headliner James Irvin, who weighed one and a half pounds over the light heavyweight limit at 207.5 lbs. However Irvin lost the extra weight and the bout is now official.
Irvin will fight in the main event against reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career. Additional featured fights pit heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.
Anderson Silva (206 lbs) vs. James Irvin (206 lbs)
Brandon Vera (204 lbs) vs. Reese Andy (206 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (155 lbs) vs. Hermes Franca (155 lbs)
Jake O’Brien (236 lbs) vs. Cain Velasquez (236 lbs)
Anthony Johnson (170 lbs) vs. Kevin Burns (171 lbs)
Jesse Taylor (184 lbs) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186 lbs)
Tim Credeur (185 lbs) vs. Cale Yarbrough (186 lbs)
Rory Markham (170 lbs) vs. Brodie Farber (171 lbs)
Brad Blackburn (170 lbs) vs. James Giboo (170 lbs)
Nate Loughran (183 lbs) vs. Johnny Rees (183 lbs)
Dale Hartt (156 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Hard-hitting veteran James Irvin discusses his upcoming bout against reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career this Saturday night in the above video courtesy of ESPN. Irvin also touches on his mental preparation leading up to the day of the fight as well as the positive and negative effects that Silva’s change in fighting weight may have on him.
“Countdown to UFC: Silva vs Irvin”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV.
The show will focus on reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who will be moving up to the light heavyweight division to take on fellow knockout artist, James Irvin in Saturday night’s anticipated main event. Interviews and video of both fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.
Those who miss tonight’s show at 11 PM ET can catch a replay at the following times: Saturday, July 18th (1 AM ET, 11 AM ET, 7 PM ET) and Saturday, July 19th (7 PM ET).
Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here’s a pretty cool photo being put out by the UFC - Anderson Silva being pictured at 185 lbs and then at 205 lbs, the weight he will be fighting James Irvin at this Saturday night. There’s definitely a noticeable difference as Silva looks much more “filled” than usual. However in overall size, you can barely tell.
Silva is known as being extremely strong at middlweight, and even though he continues to state that he has no interest in moving up to light heavyweight permanently, one has to wonder if he’d be able to hang with some of the bigger guys in the weight class strength-wise.
HT: The Underground
James Irvin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
James Irvin doesn’t have much of a chance against Anderson Silva. Guess what? He knows it too…
From Yahoo! Sports:
“Since I’ve taken the fight, a lot of people have come up to me and asked, ‘What’s your game plan? What’s your game plan?’ ” Irvin said. “I go, ‘What kind of a game plan can I have against the guy? He’s better than me on the ground. He’s better than me standing up. What am I going to do?’ I don’t have to go in there and beat him at jiu-jitsu or beat him at Muay Thai. I can go in and fight the guy. I’ll go in and mix it all together and see if my style works with his or not.”
Irvin is 100% correct. Silva is better than him in all aspects and at this stage, finding a hole in his game is damn near impossible, so taking time to come up with any sort of strategy would essentially be a waste. However, in my opinion, not having a strategy at all is exactly what gives Irvin a chance in this fight.
Let’s think about it. Both Travis Lutter and Nate Marquardt wanted to come in, take Silva to the ground, and overwhelm him. That didn’t work. Rich Franklin wanted to use his awkward striking style to beat Silva. Obviously, that didn’t work. Dan Henderson was supposed to have the best chance as a former Olympic wrestler who would be able to bully Silva in the clinch. Too bad Silva is pretty strong himself.
With the exception of Chris Leben, all of the above came in with a gameplan and all failed miserably. Of course we know that it took Silva less than a minute to dismantle Leben, who wanted to come in and bang, but Irvin is a better technical striker than Leben. Come to think of it, many others in the middleweight division probably are as well.
Patrick Cote weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 12. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The CP is reporting that Patrick Cote’s split decision win is going to earn him a middleweight title shot versus Anderson Silva. Silva does have two fights planned already though: James Irvin in a light heavyweight bout, and a middleweight title defense against Yushin Okama. If all goes well for Silva, Cote will get his fight around November.
It’s unknown what Cote’s schedule will be, but his manager Stephane Patry said that due to the length of time in between now and the possible title challenge, Cote may fight again.
Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
If you’re like me, the thought of a potential showdown between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre would usually conjure up the feeling of a dream fight that would be one of the biggest in the history of mixed martial arts but would ultimately not take place for one reason or another. However this one feels a little different.
We’ve already seen that Silva isn’t afraid to go after the big-time fight. After all, we’re only a week removed from UFC President Dana White reportedly preventing a much-anticipated and likely history-making boxing match between Silva and former pound-for-pound phenom Roy Jones Jr.
A different kind of fight that White has been keen to though is between Silva and St. Pierre. Provided St. Pierre avenges his last loss to Matt Serra next weekend, the two kings of their respective divisions are quickly running out of legit contenders to test their skills against.
But even more key to a fight actually being put together is both fighters wanting to do it. I think we can already assume that Silva will be game. Is St. Pierre? According to his comments from today’s UFC 83 pre-fight conference call, there’s no doubt.
From MMA Weekly:
“I’ve been thinking about it. It’s going to depend on the scenario. I have a lot of training partners at 185 and my weight class is 170. I would never get into the way of one of my training partners,” he stated. “I would never fight somebody I train with. But if one day, I have the opportunity, the way is clear, and I did everything I had to do in my division, of course I will (fight Silva).”
A fight between the two probably wouldn’t happen until next year. Silva has Okami next and then who knows. St. Pierre would have Fitch and Alves to a lesser extent. In order for the fight to have that “superfight” feel, both would have to win their next couple of fights. If both perform to their potential, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Anderson Silva weighs-in for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The potential roadblock that Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White presented in possibly preventing a much-anticipated boxing match between current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and former pound-for-pound phenom Roy Jones Jr has apparently been put to use.
According to the latest print edition of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, White will not allow such a match to happen while Silva is under contract with the UFC.
The news comes just weeks after Jones’ management team confirmed that they would be interested in a bout, also believing that a fight between the two would help mend the current rocky relationship between boxing and mixed martial arts.
The idea of the bout originated during the post-fight press conference for UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, where Silva submitted former PRIDE middleweight champion Dan Henderson to unify the titles and remain undefeated inside the confines of the UFC. Silva expressed interest in the venture when he was asked by a reporter.
Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has reportedly been in contact with Jones but it now seems that the UFC’s infamous exclusive contracts and White’s constant refusal to co-promote with other organizations or entities will prevent the dream fight from taking place.