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UFC 234 is just 2 1/2 weeks away with its long awaited middleweight title fight between KELVIN GASTELUM and ROBERT WHITTAKER. But in the night’s co-main event lays a backstory as old as man himself. “The old lion vs the young lion”. It goes down in the very same division too. Which means 234 has a big say in how the rest of 2019 plays out. The middleweights are losing a division mainstay when  LUKE ROCKHOLD heads to 205. URIAH HALL, BRANCH, and BRUNSON haven’t taken that next level up. PAULO COSTA is now scheduled officially to fight YOEL ROMERO; although it was assumed he’d move to 205 also. The fighter that has ripped through the division is the brash young undefeated former kickboxer ISRAEL ADESANYA. He gets his chance at “legacy” when he faces a fighter that was one of his idols in ANDERSON “SPIDER” SILVA.

When young meets old you expect young to devour old. That’s the way of the world; it maintains solid turnover. However every once in a while you get a weekend like the UFC just had when Cowboy Cerrone drops Alexander Hernandez. And that was coming on the heels of him turning away Mike Perry. Thirteen of “THE LAST STYLEBENDERS” 15 wins come via finish. He throws strikes from every angle, he’s fast, loves to throw elbows from the clinch the way a fat guy loves to add butter to his food.

Back during the leadup to his UFC 208 fight with Derek Brunson; Silva said he wanted 5 more fights; then he could walk away happy. With recovery from injuries and getting popped by USADA that time table has been shredded. On paper and in 1st thought, this match-up might not end well for Anderson. It’s said that a cat has 9 lives; but maybe a SPIDER has more than 1 himself. Anderson just released an open to the press light workout session video. Does he look like a crisp pre-Weidman version of himself? No, absolutely not. What he does look like though is a veteran who knows how to conserve something in the tank. He looks nothing like a 43 year old. His jab was crisp, his speed looked good. The kicking looked vintage. He didn’t seem to labor the way Ortiz/Liddell did.

There’s a reason arachnids have survived this long. Maybe; just maybe this 6’2″ Brazilian one can survive just enough to make one last title run. Remember; you should never bet against a SPIDER……. man.


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