Written By Rana G on Sunday, January 2, 2011 | 10:25 AM
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They separate and Vera lands a great leg kick. They clinch up on the cage and then go down with Silva on top. Silva has head and arm control. Vera is holding on tight, keeping Silva from doing any damage to his face with an elbow like what happened with Jon Jones. This is also having the fortunate side effect of keeping Silva from doing much of anything. Vera gets in butterfly guard and Silva passes to side control. Vera is getting squashed and Silva starts pounding. Silva lands a nasty elbow to Vera’s head. Silva looks like he’s working on a north south choke but moves back to side control. Vera just can’t do anything from underneath. Silva tries to pass and gets stuck in half mount.
Vera needs to keep this off the ground and Silva clearly wants to go there….and he does. Silva takes him down, Vera in full guard. Vera working a little harder this time from underneath, trying to twist into some other position. Vera throws some elbows off his back. Silva tries to pass, Vera says no. Silva gets up and steps over him, comes down in half mount. Silva’s ground game is pretty impressive. Silva does some ground and pound, and Vera is not take advantage of opportunities to get loose or to get hooks. He seems frozen.
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Silva hops up and the go back to circling. Silva does another head kick, and Vera catches it, which I think is what Silva wanted because they clinch up and boom! They’re down and Silva has over under control. Vera is covering his head with his hand…I really think he’s intimidated and afraid of injury. Silva hammers him anyway. Silva decides to pull Vera away from the cage and Vera uses it to get up a little, but can’t shake Silva off. Silva continues to dominate, pounding on him. Trying to end the fight but Vera is not fighting back, he’s just covering up. This is really sad. Vera is not the fighter he was. Silva finishes out the round bitch-slapping Vera while keeping him pinned to the mat.
Posted by Rana G at 10:25 AM