Don’t think anyone has posted this before. The stoppage looks a little quick to me, but my background is boxing and not MMA. At any rate, this appears to be the one real blemish on Wanderlei’s record (his other TKO was a doctor stoppage because of a cut and the only other losses are by decision, at least one controversial).
Obviously this was 8 years ago and Silva’s a much more complete and confident fighter now. He hesistates for a moment – which I’m not sure I’ve EVER seen him do – and Belfort catches and stuns him and then does well to stay on him. Still, this looks like what in boxing we’d call a “flash knockdown.”
Now obviously a flash knockdown is a much bigger deal in MMA since you don’t have to step away as soon as your opponent goes to the ground, but Silva does seem to be defending himself and I think the jury’s out on whether he’s still able to fight back (which are the two criteria a boxing referee is supposed to use in determining whether to stop a fight).
What do you guys think?