UFC 237 Free Play: Cannonier vs. Silva – WagerTalk Sports News

In a main card fight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, mixed martial arts legend and former Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (34-9) faces off against Jared “The Killa Gorilla” Cannonier (11-4) at UFC 237.

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Despite sounding like a King Kong movie title, The Spider vs. The Killa Gorilla is one intriguing match up. Anderson Silva is an immortal legend in the UFC cage, but at 44 years old what does he have left in the tank? After winning 16 straight UFC fights including multiple title defenses, recently seen a rough road for the former champion going 2-5 in last 7. Over that span, he’s lost only to elite level competition like former Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman, 2 division champion Daniel Cormier, and current interm middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. That’s a death row of opposition.

On the other side, Jared Cannonier has moved down 2 weight classes from heavyweight to middleweight. Since his move down, he’s looked good, yet he’s 2-3 in his last 5 fights. Most recently beating an aging David Branch who gassed late and The Killa Gorilla found a way to finish the fight.

The biggest red flag on Cannonier is his completely basic and traditional boxing style. Yes, he’s an imposing figure, but fights extremely one dimensional. The power he possess is relevant, but the distance management of Silva will play a large factor. Jared is reckless moving forward and his linear movement Silva should find a rhythm to work. The Spider has outstanding head movement, working off counters mixing up combinations which will lead to damaging Cannonier. I believe Silva will keep Jared at bay, throwing volume picking apart the less technical striker. Add in Silva is fighting at home in Brazil where he’s never lost, and won’t have to WOW the judges to out point Cannonier on the scorecards. I’m taking the home town legend to out point the slower fighter and continue his home undefeated streak.

Take Anderson Silva (+120)

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