Anderson Silva posterized Vitor Belfort. | Photo: AP Photo/Julie Jacobson
#2 -- Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 126 “Silva vs. Belfort”
Feb. 5, 2011
Mandalay Bay Events Center
He was viewed by some as the potential kryptonite to Silva’s Superman. However, Belfort became just another victim in the historic run of the man they call “The Spider.” A lengthy feeling-out process between the two middleweights concluded with a pair of leg kicks and a right-left combination from Belfort. It was but a small victory for the former light heavyweight champion. With the two men standing face to face, Silva fired a front kick up through Belfort’s defenses and dropped him where he stood. Pierced by power, speed and precision, “The Phenom” fell as if he had been cut down by a sniper. Silva passed his foe’s foggy guard and finished it with a right and a left 3:25 into the first round. Belfort entered the cage on a five-fight winning streak. He left it humbled and beaten. Never before in his 14-year career had the Brazilian been stopped so quickly.
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