Anderson Silva Wins, Decisions Derek Brunson (UFC 208 Results)

Ross Houston
February 12, 2017

After three very close rounds, Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) edged out Brunson (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) on the scorecards, winning the unanimous decision victory in a fight that seemed like it could have easily gone the other way.

Anderson Silva came into this fight with the UFC belt still on his mind.

De Randamie celebrates after receiving her belt
De Randamie celebrates after receiving her belt

"I've been working hard for along time to fight here". It has been an odd turn of events for "The Spider" after dropping the rematch for the title against Weidman.

At that point, he hadn't won a match since 2012 (a 2015 win against Nick Diaz was overturned because of a positive drug test). Most recently he stepped in to help save UFC 200 in a bad mismatch versus Light-Heavyweight Daniel Cormier when Jon Jones found himself in trouble again.

"Now, I just come to fight happy because I love my job".

The full fight video highlights can be seen above courtesy of UFC. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them click. Silva needs to get more active here if he wants the win. Silva just missed on a knee as Brunson ducked under. Silva threw a right hook and Brunson retreated by essentially running away.

Brunson gives some space and lands a couple of punches, but that enables Silva to move away from the cage. Brunson clinches and lands a few punches before separating. Silva showed glimpses of his younger self, throwing wheel kicks and flying knees. A double-leg attempt by Brunson was stuffed again by Silva, who again jerked his shoulder up. Spider seemed to be gaining confidence baiting his opponent as the round went on. He went for a spinning back fist and landed a spin kick to the body. Silva is quickly back to his feet and in the clinch. There was not much action on Brunson's side. He unsuccessfully shot for another takedown. He landed a front kick to the body. Mocking him out of frustration possibly. He was able to withstand flurries from Brunson while in the clinch. Showing off impressive takedown defence in the third round as he did the whole fight. In the second round, Silva stood with his back on the fence and slipped punches with his hands down, as he has done his entire career. Silva apologises and they continue. Silva held the UFC middleweight title for almost seven years, dominating the opposition with his otherworldly striking. The crowd agrees with the decision, though.

The 41-year-old was thrilled to have stopped the rot and expressed his delight in his post-fight interview.

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