Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva:
This replacement fight for the Cormier vs. Jon Jones title rematch has a bit more shine in my opinion, as the drawn-out ‘DC’ vs. ‘Bones’ feud had grown a bit stale in my eyes. Yes, Silva is and should be a significant underdog fighting the champion a weight class above him on two days’ notice, but he nonetheless has to be commended for saving the fight altogether and facing such a champion.
He can also never be ruled out, as his diverse Muay Thai can still end any competitor’s night even at 41 years old. But I simply think ‘DC’ was too focused, too ready to defeat ‘Bones’ that he won’t be stopped here. World-class wrestling has always been ‘The Spider’s’ kryptonite, and ‘DC’ is one of the best in that category. I believe Cormier wins via second-round TKO after taking Silva down and unloading a barrage of ground punches.
With Anderson Silva stepping in on short notice to fight Daniel Cormier, UFC 200 is sitting pretty once again. Maybe if this fight had happened five years ago, ‘The Spider’ would have been victorious, but as it stands I just don’t see what he has to offer Cormier. ‘DC’ would be a fool to stand with the Brazilian banger, and we all know Silva’s sole weakness is when he’s placed on his back. I see the champion grinding out Silva in a gritty war, the likes of which Silva hasn’t seen since his escape from the jaws of defeat against Chael Sonnen. The difference then was ‘The American Gangster’ got tired, but Cormier lives in the grind, and I don’t think he’ll relent for even a second. ‘DC’ by decision.
As a longtime Silva fan, it would be something special to see him pull out a victory this weekend in ‘Sin City,’ but I’m not sure how likely that is. “The Spider” should look to keep the fight standing and strike from a distance, as he should hold an advantage in pure striking. However, fighting a man like Cormier, who has trained so relentlessly for UFC 200, on just days’ notice is a tall order. Silva’s chin has weakened over the years, and I expect Cormier to take the fight to the mat and land some big shots. Cormier by second-round TKO.
The greatest fighter of all-time is stepping into the spotlight once again; to take on one of the most dominant light heavyweights the sport has ever seen on two days’ notice. Wow.
Silva is one of the most creative and unorthodox strikers the sport has ever seen; however, Cormier is an Olympic-caliber wrestler who used to compete at heavyweight, while Silva is moving up from 185 pounds and has a history of struggling against elite wrestlers such as Chael Sonnen and Chris Weidman. Cormier has to be a little ticked after Jon Jones was forced off their scheduled clash, and is looking to unleash some anger coming into Saturday night. I’m expecting Cormier to go in hot, take ‘The Spider’ down and pound him out for the win. Cormier via R2 TKO.