By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Clark was this past weekend. Let’s get to the rundown, then I’ll give my thoughts on Anderson Silva.
UFC Fight Night Smith vs. Clark
GOOD- Norma Dumont vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Dumont controlled this fight for all three rounds. She beat Evans-Smith up on the feet and got some takedowns as well. This fight was just about all Dumont and she got the unanimous decision victory. Good win for Dumont.
GOOD/BAD- Bill Algeo vs. Spike Carlyle
There were some really good moments in this fight but also times where nothing much was happening. Usually that happened when they got tied up against the fence or on the ground. Algeo landed some hard shots and that got him the unanimous decision victory. Good win for Algeo.
GOOD- Miguel Baeza submits Takashi Sato
Baeza kept hurting Sato with his strikes. He also worked his submission game well. Sato fought fine but Baeza was just better and he got the submission about four and a half minutes into the second round. Good win for Baeza.
GOOD- Josh Parisian vs. Parker Porter
This was a close fight, and Porter’s work with his striking earned him the unanimous decision victory. Parisian tried but it just wasn’t enough. Good win for Porter.
GOOD- Anthony Smith submits Devin Clark
They went to the ground almost immediately and both guys went to work. Smith got the upper hand and locked in a triangle that forced the tap about two and a half minutes into the first round. Good win for Smith as he gets back on the winning track after a couple losses.
The UFC released Anderson Silva the other week. He had talked about retiring but it’s no surprise to anyone who follows combat sports that he might continue fighting. However, if he does continue fighting, it won’t be in the U.S.A as Scott Coker from Bellator put the kibosh on that and Silva isn’t going somewhere else here in this country. The money just wouldn’t match up.
RIZIN Fighting Federation Founder and President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said the other day that he would be interested in talking to Silva to see if they could come to terms that would see Silva fight over in Japan. Silva fought in Japan in his younger days so maybe he’ll do it again? As long as he’s okay and healthy to fight, he should do what he wants. I’m not particularly interested in watching him fight anymore but who knows, maybe he gets matched against another legend and we get an intriguing fight. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. just had a fight that a fair amount were interested in. Tyson looked good but the fight ended in a draw, which I didn’t agree with as I thought Tyson won. Jones Jr. has said that he wants to box Silva, so maybe that’ll happen?
It’s so hard to say what will happen here because fighters are notorious for retiring, then un-retiring, then retiring again, and un-retiring again. Sugar Ray Leonard did that about 5 times so if Silva wants to do that as well, he won’t be the first.
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