On July 2, 2011 the UFC will be host UFC 132 in Las Vegas Nevada, in what has to be one of the most exciting cards to come along in a while. If you’re a fan of “stand and bang” fighting then you do not want to miss this event.
Headlined by Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, it also features two of arguably the best stand up fighters in the sport, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben.
Silva has been a perennial fan favorite for as long as he has been fighting. His record of fights breaks down like so; 45 total matches with a record of 33-10. 23 victories have been achieved by knockout and only 12 of his fights have gone to a decision.
Here are some quick statistics for you.
Silva wins by knockout 51% of the time. He holds the record for the most knockouts in PRIDE history.
Only one out of every four fights Wanderlei Silva is in goes to a decision.
Silva has never been submitted.
He has only stopped three of his opponents by submission, and two of those submissions came as the result of his opponents tapping to strikes.
He was the PRIDE Middleweight Champion from 2001-2007.
Silva was the 2003 PRIDE Grand Prix Tournament winner.
If you’re only familiar with Silva since he came to the UFC then you have missed out on one of the greatest fighters ever to grace our planet. Do yourself a favor and check out this highlight video.
Chris Leben got his UFC start on the Ultimate Fighter show season one. From that show he is probably best known for urinating on fellow cast member Jason Thacker’s bed. While he did not win the contract for that season he did land a spot on the season finale. There he managed to knockout Thacker, the very same Thacker whose bed had been urinated on.
From there he went on a five fight tear until he landed on the opposite side of the cage from Anderson Silva for a title eliminator bout.
Leben’s fight record is 25-7, with 13 of those wins ending by knockout.
Quick stats for Leben are as follows.
Leben wins by knockout 52% of the time.
Only one out of every four fights Chris Leben is in goes to a decision.
Leben has only been knocked out twice and submitted only twice.
Before his career in the UFC, Leben was in the WEC. While there he had become the WEC’s first Middleweight Champion.
Leben has been awarded Knockout of the Night three times and Fight of the Night twice.
While Chris Leben has submission capabilities, with six under his belt, his preferred method of winning is by far the knockout. He has become a fan favorite for his willingness to stand and trade.
If you are looking for a fight that promises to be a brawl then this fight is for you. With so many fighters today taking the more secure route of the lay-n-pray. Other fighters going out of their way to super hype a fight promising utter destruction, only to have them enter the ring and play it safe going for points grinding out a decision. Silva vs. Leben is one fight that will deliver the goods.
Also on the card is Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader. With Tito’s record being 0-4, he desperately needs a win to stay in the UFC. While Bader is looking to prove himself after an extremely one sided loss to Jon Jones, this fight has the potential to be equally as exciting.
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