One minute and one second.

That’s how long it took Anderson Silva to knock out James Irvin.

36 seconds.

That’s how long it took Fedor Emelianenko to submit Tim Sylvia.

Want to talk about complete domination in a sport? Look no further than these two guys. Fighting for rival “organizations”, these guys put on a hell of a show. (I use the word organization lightly, because frankly, the Affliction pay-per-view proves nothing. Other than any clown with $$$ can put together a good show. Let’s see if he can run a good organization AND stay in business).

After jumping up 20 lbs. to the light heavyweight division, Anderson Silva left no doubt that he can hang with the “bigger” boys. James Irvin was not Rampage Jackson (who might I add was picked up again by police less than 36 hours after his initial arrest, more on that later), but he was also not James “the tomato can” Thompson. He was a perfect opponent for Silva to move up weight class on, and he also turned out to be the perfect door mat. In a movie/video game like sequence, Irvin threw a hard body kick that Silva caught, and then proceeded to punch Irvin square in the face, knocking him to the ground. This was followed by 6 straight shots to the side of the Irvin’s head, with the knockout punch to the chin coming 7th and one for good measure before Mario Yamasaki stepped in.

Total, Silva threw 13 strikes. He connected on 12 of them. I won’t post the video here, but venture on over to http://www.mmatko.com and you can watch for yourself the punching bag session that was the Silva v. Irvin fight.

So what’s next for Silva? He said himself his duty is to defend the 185 title. The problem is, however, is how do you defend something no one can/will attack?

As far as Fedor Emelianenko goes, to all those who questioned if he could fight hack it… well, apparently, the questions have been answered. Fedor was quick to submit former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia en route to winning the newly formed WAMMA Heavyweight Championship.

Now, this is an opinion column, so for those of you who do follow MMA and disagree with what I’m about
to say, I’m sorry, but this is just how I feel.

I really don’t think Fedor’s win proves anything aside from the fact that he’s still TOP 5 in the world. Not TOP 3. Not #1. Not the best pound for pound fighter. I’ve always thought this, and I’ll continue to think this after this fight, but IMO, Tim Sylvia is a tomato can. In two of his last four fights, I’ve seen him hit the canvas inside of 15 seconds, both fights he lost, and he’s actually only won 1 of his last 4. He’s been suspended for using performance enhancing drugs, and while he poses an impressive 26 win record, he also has 6 losses, 3 of which have come in the last year and a half. Sylvia’s still a top 10 heavyweight, but he wasn’t the guy to be fighting Fedor to determine if Fedor is P4P the best in the world.

I contributed heavily to this week’s Daily Countdown/Top 10 list that Casey is doing, and if you check in daily, you’ll see how I feel about the world’s Top 10 P4P fighters and why I have them where I do.

I’ll give something away for free now though. Fedor’s not #1. And if he wants to be #1, he’ll have to beat this guy.

Advertisements