Last Minute UFC Picks for Silva vs. Cormier

Swinging Johnson

Friday, July 8, 2016 4:44 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 8, 2016 4:44 PM UTC

Anderson Silva will step in for Jon Jones and fight light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. Let’s review  the UFC odds, to determine who will come out on top.

Anderson Silva vs. Daniel Cormier

The Spider Returns to 205
Anderson Silva lost a knock-down, drag-out fight to Michael Bisping in The Count’s home turf of London, England back in February. It was, in fact, his fourth consecutive match without a victory and though the living legend continues to compete at an elite level, he is not the dominating force of nature he once was. But now he has risen from the ashes of his most recent loss in order to save Dana White’s main event at UFC 200.

Once the stunning news of Jon Jones’ PED violation broke, it appeared as though Daniel Cormier would have to wait to defend his title and delay a long-awaited rematch with his nemesis. And though the fight with the former light heavyweight king may never materialize based on reports that Jones could be suspended for as long as two years, he will get an opportunity to face Anderson Silva, a future Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest ever to grace the inside of the Octagon.


Does Silva Have a Chance?
In a word – yes. But to clarify, I don’t believe he has much of one. Forget the past glories and tremendous victories that are emblematic of Silva’s storied MMA career. At the age of 41, he is no longer that guy. But even an Anderson Silva who is 80 percent of what he once was, is still better than most. It’s just not better than someone of the caliber of Daniel Cormier.

The current light heavyweight champion has flourished in mixed martial arts since bursting onto the scene in 2009. There is no better grappler in the sport than the former Olympic wrestler and grappling savant, and those skills have allowed him to dominate all but one of his opponents. What makes Cormier so very dangerous is that he has elevated his game to include devastating punching power which has led to seven knockouts versus just four submissions on his 17-1 MMA record. Cormier outdueled the ever dangerous and much taller striker Alexander Gustafsson in a split decision that resulted in a Fight of the Night bonus at UFC 192. Again Cormier proved he can stand-and-trade with the best of them.

The UFC odds makers have installed Cormier as a -400 favorite and though it might be tempting to take a flier on Silva to score what would be a monumental upset, I don’t believe Silva has enough gas in his tank to get the job done. Cormier gives up three inches in height and about four inches in reach to Silva but the reigning light-heavyweight champ has overcome those deficits before and will so again. The only chance I see of Silva being able to wrest the title from Cormier on Saturday night is if he can keep Cormier at bay by employing his brutal brand of Muay Thai that has debilitated so many of his opponents in the past. However, Cormier has worked inside the clinch on many occasions and come out the victor. He has proven he can take a punch and return the favor with lethal results.

While contemplating my UFC picks for July 9th I can’t help but think this could be the last hurrah for Silva. If he fails to defeat Cormier at 205, his options at 185 are equal as limited. Anderson Silva, once an unstoppable force, will be relegated to a divisional gatekeeper if he decides to continue his MMA career. That would indeed be a sad way to end such a legendary career.

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Free UFC Pick: Daniel Cormier -400​
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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