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Return of 'The Spider,' Anderson Silva


January 27, 2015

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    Jan. 31 is the date you have all been waiting for: the return of two of the biggest names in MMA. Headlining is Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Nick Diaz. This is a dream fight that many fight fans never thought would happen. These two fighters’ styles clashing in the octagon screams excitement.
    Coming off of a complete leg break a little over a year ago, Silva looks like a beast with a newfound hunger for competition. It only took him three months to get back on his feet, and then in about 6 months he was already sparring in the gym. This man at the age of 39 is an athletic anomaly, known as the undisputed greatest fighter of all time for good reason. He held the title for seven years with 14 title defenses and 16 overall wins in the UFC, and an overall MMA record of 33 wins — 20 of which were knockouts — and six losses.
    Silva faces new challenges in this upcoming bout: this will be the first southpaw fighter he has faced and someone who taunts during matches as much as Silva himself does, if not more. During his training camp, Silva reported that he had a lot of trouble with his movements against southpaw sparring partners and has been working diligently on that aspect of his technique. His return has been long awaited and I personally can’t wait to see him in the octagon again.
        His opponent is an almost equally fascinating fighter to watch. Nick Diaz is a nasty brawler who likes to taunt his opponents during fights while smothering them with barrages of punches. He is also coming back from a year-and-a-half hiatus after a defeat from Georges St. Pierre. Diaz fights with pure heart and is amazing to watch. He has phenomenal cardio, which allows him to keep the pressure on his opponents even in five-round bouts.
    One thing is for sure: when these two get into the cage, it will be one hell of a show that will undoubtedly be looked back on for years. My money is certainly on Silva. Who do you think will take the win? You can catch it Jan. 31 on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. Don’t miss this fight of the year!

     Brett Law is Connect’s MMA columnist and encourages your input and responses! If you have a reader request or anything to say, he can be reached at blawjr@morrismultimedia.com.

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