UFC 179 went down tonight (October 26, 2014) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event stole the show where reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his title in a five-round grudge match against Chad “Money” Mendes.
This was not the only eventful part of the night, however. The Brazilians got a treat when their countryman and hero Anderson “The Spider” Silva made an appearance. Widely considered to be the greatest fighter of all time, Silva had the crowd on their feet chanting louder than ever:
There were numerous Brazilian fighters on the card in Rio, and Silva was undoubtedly there to support them. This proved true in Fabio Maldonado’s fight.
It looked like Maldonado was on his way to suffering a dominating loss where he was on bottom for the majority of the first round, but he went on to turn the tides in the second round. Maldonado found a way to get on top of his opponent Hans Stringer to land some vicious ground and pound to get the nod.
After the referee called the fight, Maldonado jumped on top of the cage and “The Spider” met him to celebrate the big win. It was quite a moment for the Brazilian faithful.
In the co-main event of the evening, former NCAA national champion wrestler Phil Davis took on Glover Teixeira. Davis completely dominated Teixeira, earning a unanimous decision win. This was not the first time “Mr. Wonderful” faced and beat a high-profile Brazilian opponent, and he has another one on his mind.
Talking to Brian Stann in his post-fight interview, Davis had quite the unusual request:
“Lately they’ve been calling me the Brazilian killer, but I really don’t like that. I have beat a lot of Brazilians and there’s one Brazilian guy I’d like to face and that’s Anderson Silva.””
Calling out Silva doesn’t make much sense, as Silva does not even normally compete at light heavyweight, but also because Silva has a fight lined up. “The Spider” is set to make his return in the main event of UFC 183 on January 31, 2015 against the Stockton bad boy, Nick Diaz.
This matchup is without question one of the biggest fights of all-time; one where if Silva wins, he’ll undoubtedly be headed for more work at the top of the middleweight division.
Still, Davis has to promotes himself in light of his wresting-focused gameplan, so from a promotional standpoint, he simply went for the biggest name. He probably won’t get the fight, but he did something that many more fighters should probably be doing if they want to get a big fight lined up sometime soon.